Vintage French grain sacks are SO desirable…and therefore pricey if you’re lucky enough to even find one. But that quintessential look- either the offset stripes in red & blue, or faded print/text- can be replicated with some crafty ingenuity. So, I headed out to the thrift store with a defined agenda- find something in the linens section that could pass as linen/burlap/grain sack material.Read more ›
One of my favorite local thrift stores, Second Chances, has the most amazing linens section of any thrift store I’ve ever been to- and y’all already KNOW I’ve been around the thrifting block a few times. It’s a two-story, well-appointed shop, and the linens have an entire room dedicated to all things textile- pillows, comforters, curtains/drapes, pillows, etc. I just so happened to be passing by the table runner wall cubbies when I spotted a lovely yellow & blue runner that reminded me of jacquard ribbon in French country colors.
It was in lovely shape, save for a few wine stains in the center…but no matter at all…I only had plans for repurposing the ends. But what, pray tell, would I do with table runner ends, hmmm??Read more ›
Whenever I’m in a thrift store and I see a box or bin full of old sewing patterns, I can’t help but paw through them. Usually, I find regrettable patterns for 1980s-era dresses (think “Working Girl”) or early 1990s babydoll dresses and overalls (think “Blossom”). Truly fashion that should never have been fashionable! But that all changed during one recent thrifting adventure when my upcycling eye spied some older patterns peeking out from a bin.
I went through them one by one until I had accumulated the best of the bunch (in my opinion)- all of them from the ‘50s,’60s, and one from the early ‘70s.
Back in early Spring when I created my Dyed Doily Table Runner, I was already envisioning an autumn version- with doilies dyed to look like chrysanthemums. AND, I even bought some vintage doilies that had orange and gold hues.
I was *convinced* that that was the plan.
But you know me- I start thrifting and picking and new ideas formed. So I packed up my doilies and dye for another time.
So, back to the thrifting- all summer long, I’ve been stalking my local thrift stores for clearance ($1.00!) flannel shirts. I have an unnatural love of flannel thanks to going to high school in the early ‘90s. In fact, my mother is probably clucking her tongue right now, thinking about all that masculine plaid that hung in my closet. Anyway, I had a couple of ideas for repurposing flannel shirts and needed a good supply…so I decided that a patchwork flannel table runner- accented with some of my grandmother’s old lace trim- would be a project worth trying. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Any time I’m in a secondhand shop, I always peruse the linens section- and not just for vintage bed sheets, I swear! Every now and then, I’ll happen across some vintage embroidery- perhaps a table runner, or napkins…or some other piece that is too precious to pass up.
But many of those thrifted embroidered treasures have not aged well…be it stains or holes.
Even with those flaws, though, I still feel compelled to purchase them even if they simply get stowed away in a plastic bin for who-knows-how-long. Because, really, what am I going to do with something moth-eaten and threadbare?Read more ›
With my burgeoning love of sewing comes a need for sewing supply storage. And one of the things I wanted to have was a cute, functional pin cushion that had one additional feature- secrecy. Ok, I know that sounds crazy, but when you have a cat as curious as Cottonball, the need to hide sewing notions- such as pins- is a very real thing.
So, I let the idea marinate for a while and came up with this fun upcycling project using a thrifted teapot, fabric from a vintage pillowcase, and fiberfill.Read more ›
When the weather is still cool and Spring is right around the corner, I allow myself to daydream (just a little) about summer. I don’t dwell on the humidity or the bad hair/makeup…and focus on Saturday mornings, when the farmers markets roll into town. We have some great ones in this area- the TD Saturday Market, the Hub City Farmers’ Market, and the Fountain Inn Farmer’s Market.
Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my bounty home. But what I often fail to do is bring my own produce bags- plastic or otherwise- forcing the farmers to use their own. And I know that every penny counts for them…and purchasing new plastic bags, or just saving their own plastic bags to bring with them, is an unnecessary burden.
So my goal for Summer 2015? Bring my own produce bags! And I’m going to make them from children’s t-shirts. They are crazy-easy to make…plentiful at thrift shops and yard sales…and you can toss them in the washing machine as often as you’d like! No fuss, no muss, no landfill needed. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›