Monday, December 7, 2020

Simple Gifts From Vintage Linens

 Sweet simple gifts are easily made from vintage linens (not being used otherwise!). Those unused dresser scarves made great bags for shoe storage when traveling, ...

or laundry bags, or small bags for misc. goods.

I can tell you from experience that opening up your luggage on the other end of a trip and finding something like this is a welcome sight. 

Of course these could also be used as gift bags, or given as a set of gift bags.  I've found numerous uses for mine.  Hostess gift?  Yes please.

The ties have been made with cashmere yarn, t-shirt yarn, and ribbon. 

Most of these bags are made with minimal sewing with just a few straight lines of stitches. If you have been wondering what to do with (non precious) family linens perhaps these will inspire.

I hope you are well, healthy, happy or getting the support you need to deal with life's inevitable ups and downs.  


P. S. to see more gift ideas and other upcycling tips you can enroll in my free upcycle sewing tips class:

Thursday, December 3, 2020

 #duster, #cottagecore, #grandmacore, #cowgirlstyle, #prairiestyle

Recently I used my Michelle pattern and a made dress entirely of men's dress shirts. It turned out too long in the front, so I ruched the front section even with the back hem.  I liked the effect, but now my knees showed!  Not my best feature, hmmmm.

I had some vintage lace* that was donated by friend, yards and yards of it. About 2" long, it would add just what I needed.  So I added lace to the hem.  I had cut the sleeves down and they were awkward - not short but not ¾ length.  I added lace to the sleeves as well to solve the problem and tie in the hemline.

Too lazy to take off my overalls I modeled it on top of them and shared with my facebook group ( and they liked it better as a duster than a dress!  Live and learn, lol.

Here it is in all it's glory.  The fabulousness of this design is the endlessly long inverted sleeve pockets.

* BTW the lace had become discolored and yellowed with age. A trick I learned is to soak it in Oxiclean overnight, starting with hot or boiling water.  Worked super well.

Happy Upcycling!