Ribbon Belts as Unique Accessories with these Upcycling Ideas

Ribbon Belts as Unique Accessories with these Upcycling Ideas

When I was a teenager, I had grand plans that involved collecting snippets of vintage jacquard ribbon (and non-vintage, if pretty enough) to decorate “all the things”, such as handbags, headbands, and t-shirts. But I quickly found out that the gorgeous ribbon I coveted so much was expensive…and my plans fizzled out. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m back at it with an alternative (and thrifty) plan: What if I used some ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish different accessories?Read more ›

Upcycling a Counted Cross Stitch with a Reusable Shopping Bag

Upcycling a Counted Cross Stitch with a Reusable Shopping Bag

Counted cross stitch is something I find a LOT of at thrift stores. And while there are modern versions of cross stitch that have become very popular (with sassy sayings), the older ones get tossed and donated all the time. When I found this 1980s cross stitch with its country decor style, I immediately thought that the logo looked like a reusable shopping bag that I’d find at the grocery store.Read more ›

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Several months ago, I found these sweet crocheted hot pads at a favorite vintage shop of mine in Landrum, South Carolina. I couldn’t resist their little clock faces, despite some significant staining.Read more ›

How to Make a Half Apron from a Vintage Pillowcase

How to Make a Half Apron from a Vintage Pillowcase

Vintage aprons are so pretty and I know a lot of folks that collect them. However, I rarely cook while wearing something that is worthy of protecting. But I had an idea for a more utilitarian apron, like a half apron that servers at restaurants wear. And it would use a couple of typical things I’d find at a thrift store: a vintage pillowcase and a ribbon belt.

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