Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

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 repurposed ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish all the things?Read more ›

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Even though I made repurposed drawer sachets once before, I had this spark of an idea and I simply had to share it with you. Because it’s so “DUH!”…and because Father’s Day will be here soon, it seemed like the perfect time to write about my idea for Shirt Pocket Sachets using thrift store clearance shirts.Read more ›

How to Upcycle a Counted Cross Stitch into a Shopping Bag

How to Upcycle a Counted Cross Stitch into a Shopping Bag

I constantly find old needlework pieces on my thrifting adventures- be it counted cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel work, or otherwise. And I have a hard time passing them up! But then I think, “What in the world will I do with all these?”.

And so was the case with this larger cross-stitch- it had a great retro / country vibe…which, while not my personal style, is kind of trendy again with the farmhouse / Fixer Upper obsession. As I hemmed & hawed, I couldn’t help but think that it would make a fabulous graphic on a reusable grocery bag.Read more ›

How to Make Grain Sack Fabric for Homemade Crafts

How to Make Grain Sack Fabric for Homemade Crafts

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 to find something in the linens section that could pass grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric. I would then use it for a variety of homemade crafts, including sachet bags.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 ›

Framed Wall Art for a Craft Room using Vintage Sewing Patterns

Framed Wall Art for a Craft Room using Vintage Sewing Patterns

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 garb, but every now and again, I find wonderful vintage sewing patterns that would be perfectly upcycled into framed wall art – perfect for craft room decor or sewing room decor.Read more ›

Repurposed Flannel Shirt and Vintage Lace Fall Table Runner

Repurposed Flannel Shirt and Vintage Lace Fall 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 ›

Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom from Upcycled Vintage Sheets

Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom from Upcycled Vintage Sheets

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. But instead of running out to the store for a new one, I decided to upcycle one of my vintage sheets into a floral shower curtain that would look cute in our cottage bathroom.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.Read more ›

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Ok. So here’s the thing.

I keep buying more and more pretty bed linens from the thrift store. I can’t resist them! But they are slowly taking up my garage…so I needed to develop another project for them, so here we are. Hopefully you won’t mind- and the sewing isn’t complicated, I promise!Read more ›