Fake It ‘Til You Make… Grain Sack Sachets

Fake It ‘Til You Make… Grain Sack Sachets

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 ›

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

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.Read more ›

Fashion Plates: DIY Sewing Pattern Wall Art

Fashion Plates: DIY Sewing Pattern Wall Art

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.Read more ›

Fall Flannel (Shirt) and Lace Table Runner

Fall Flannel (Shirt) and Lace Table Runner

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.Read more ›

Vintage Bed Sheet Shower Curtain

Vintage Bed Sheet Shower Curtain

Our guest bathroom is a cute little room- but without a window, is only illuminated by artificial light. As a result- and I’m not sure why I never noticed this before- our existing shower curtain was doing nothing to brighten the room.Read more ›

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

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.

Vintage linens for repurposing / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage pretties, on the cheap.

But many of those thrifted embroidered treasures have not aged well…be it stains or holes.

Vintage linens for repurposing / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and that’s why they donated it to Goodwill.

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 ›

Sewing to a Tea: The Hidden Pincushion

Sewing to a Tea: The Hidden Pincushion

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 ›

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

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 farmer’s markets roll into town. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my bounty home. AND, I have the most amazing reusable fruit/vegetable produce bags…just not enough of them to carry everything I purchase from the farmer’s markets.Read more ›