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DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth Apron

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vintage tablecloth crafts DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth ApronAs some of you all know by now, vintage tablecloths are one of my absolute favorite things to upcycle! I am head over heels in love with the prints from the beautiful florals to the fun novelty prints. There is just nothing like the hand of a vintage tablecloth whether it be a sweet drapey linen or a wonderfully thick cotton. I use cutter tablecloths to make all kinds of items for the blog and the shop, so I have quite a few scraps lying around. I’ve been wanting to find a way to use some of my favorite scraps. I love wearing my vintage aprons for shows, but needed one with more pockets, so I thought I’d make my own with some upcycled tablecloth pockets.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps- Four pieces cut at 10″ wide x 11″ tall

*Cotton Fabric for Main Apron- 42″ Wide x 14″ Tall

*1 Package of Double Fold Bias Tape

*42″ or so of Ric Rack Trim

*3/8 yard of coordinating fabric for band and ties- Cut 2 pieces at 3″x22″ and one piece at 3″x25″

*Scissors

*Coordinating Thread

*Straight Pins

*Iron

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric pieces. I gave measurements for mine in the material list above. I am a size 18. What you basically want to do is measure the front of your waist plus a couple of inches. The width of your apron will be 1.5-2 times the width of that measurement for you are going to gather the fabric at the waist. To figure out the pocket size, divide the width of the apron by four(the number of pockets.) Add 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance.  Cut the waist band at 3″ by the width of your apron plus 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side. And also cut two pieces for your ties at 3″x22″.

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Next, take your four pockets and sew the first pocket to the second with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then stitch the second to the third and the third to the fourth, so you have one long strip. Iron open the seam allowances.

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Now, fold over the top of each pocket by 1/4″ to the back side and press. Then fold over again by 1/2″ or so and press. Stitch down close to the open end. Now the top edge of your pockets should have a nice finish. Sew the ric rack trim to the top inside edge of the pocket.

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Next, lay the long pocket piece over the top of the main apron fabric piece which should also be face up. Line up the bottom of the pockets and sides to the bottom of the apron fabric and sides. Pin in place. Stitch the pocket down to the main fabric around the edges but leaving the top of the pocket open with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Now you need to add your bias tape. Sandwich the apron fabric edges between the fold of your bias tape. Pin in place. When you get to the corners, fold and mitre the corners with your fingers then pin in place. Stitch the bias tape all the way around the apron except for the top, stitching close to the open edge of the tape. You should now have an apron piece with pockets at the bottom and bias tape concealing the raw edges on both sides and the bottom. The top edge of your apron should be raw edges.

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Next you can go ahead and make your ties. Fold the tie pieces over in half with right sides facing. Clip one end of the halved tie at an angle. Stitch the folded tie closed with a half inch seam allowance starting at the square end leaving that end open, and ending at the tip of the angled edge. Push the tie right side out and press it flat. Repeat with the other tie. Set aside.

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Now you are ready to baste and gather your apron. Adjust your stitch length to a basting stitch. Stich a basting stitch at about an 1/8 inch away from the edge of your raw edge, then another basting stitch right below that one a little less than a half inch away from the top.

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Now, line up the edge of your apron about a half inch in from each side of the waist band and pin. To gather the fabric, pull the top and bottom basting threads gently making sure you pull only the basting strings on one side of your fabric. Distribute your gathers along the width of the fabric. Pull the basting strings from each side and adjust the gathers until your gathered apron fabric fits into the width of the waist band where pinned. Loop the basting threads around the end pins in figure eight motions. Then pin the rest of the gathered apron to the waist band. Make sure your waist band and apron fabric are right sides together. Stitch the apron to the waist band with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip all excess threads.

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Now you are ready to make the waist band. Fold over the top edge of the waist band to the back side by about a half inch and press down. Also press the sides of the waist band in by 1/2″ and press. Pin in place. Stitch the waist band down close to the bottom leaving the sides open.

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To finish off your apron, you need to add your ties. Insert your ties on each side opening of your waist band. Pin in place. Stitch the sides closed. Clip excess threads. Now it is ready to wear!

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retro apron DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth ApronI absolutely LOVE my apron! I am a larger gal and this one is made perfectly for my size! It is so much fun to wear and I can’t wait to use it at my next show or market! Upcycling vintage linens is seriously my favorite thing to do! I love to use my vintage scraps, but you can change it up and use any fabric you have on hand. You can play around with the proportions as well to fit your body. I think this would make a great gift for the holidays as well! Everyone loves aprons, right! So next time you find you need a new apron, give this one a try. It’s fast and simple! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric Coasters

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diy fabric coasters scrappy DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersI have been on a bit of a patchwork kick lately. I love being able to take scraps that have been sitting around and find another purpose for them. I am such a vintage fabric lover, and I hate to waste any of my vintage fabrics, so I always keep my vintage scraps. I felt like doing a bit of patchwork the other day, so I thought I would make some patchy fabric coasters with some of my favorite vintage feedsack and sheet scraps. Fabric coasters are really easy and fast to whip up! They are a great weeknight sewing project!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Fusible Fleece

*Rotary Cutter and Ruler

*Self Healing Matt

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Iron

Instructions:

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210 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersThe first thing you need to do is cut your squares. Cut eight 2.5″ squares for each coaster. I used two coordinating fabrics for my coasters, so I had four of both of my fabrics for each coaster. Also cut a 4×4″ square of your fusible fleece for each coaster.

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41 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersLay out your fabric squares. Stitch the top two squares with right sides together at the side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do the same for the bottom two squares. Press open seams.

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71 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersNow stitch the top sewn pieces and the bottom sewn pieces right sides together. Make sure the bottom of the top squares matches up with the top of the bottom squares. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open seam. You should now have a piece that is four patchwork squares sewn together with two on top and two on the bottom.

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101 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersRepeat for the back side of the coaster. Once you have two pieces for the front and back of your coaster, lay them right sides together. Stitch all the way around the coaster with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a space open for turning.

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121 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersClip your corners off close to the stitching. Take your fusible fleece square and line it up inside the stitching line of the coaster. Iron the fleece onto the fabric.

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161 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersTurn the coaster right side out. Push the corners out with a stick or your scissors. Iron the coaster flat tucking in the seam allowance where the opening is in towards the inside. Top stitch all the way around the coaster. Clip excess threads. Repeat with as many coasters as you’d like to make…

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feed sack patchwork coasters DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersI have made fabric coasters for gifts for family and friends before, but have never made patchwork ones. I have to say, I love them! I may just have to make a bunch more! These coasters are a fast and easy project, and they make fantastic gifts! I love to use vintage fabrics, but of course you can use any kind of fabric that suits your fancy! You can easily change-up the look or style. Make them all the same, or make a bunch of them in your favorite prints. Smaller prints work best. Give them a go some time, you’ll love them I bet! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Shabby Painted Pallet Wood Art

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boat wood star Shabby Painted Pallet Wood ArtLast week I shared this diy pallet wood star with you all. I had made the star for my porch. When I went to hang it, it looked a little plain for my taste, so I decided to paint it. I love the look of painted old wood. Typically I am not a fan of distressing wood. I like the crispness of clean painted furniture. However sometimes there is a piece that is just perfect distressed. There are a lot of ways to distress wood. A friend told me about the vaseline method, so I thought I’d give that one a try since it seemed the easiest to me. I had a great time painting my star! It’s so easy and fast to give it a little update with paint and vaseline too!

Here’s What You Need:

*White Paint (I used regular latex interior paint for this project)

*Paint in the colors you like best

*Vaseline

*Paint Brush

*Sandpaper

The first thing you need to do is apply a thin layer of vaseline in the areas you want the natural wood to show through. I used my finger to apply the vaseline. Be careful because you can get splinters. I think a paint brush or pallet knife would work to apply it too.

Next, Paint your whole star with your white paint. You may need a few coats of white to completely cover. I think I used three coats of the white paint. Let the white paint dry.

Now, apply the vaseline again over the areas where you would like the white to show through the colored paint.

Next paint the different planks in your colored paints. I used red and aqua to go with the color scheme on my porch. Paint a couple of coats of paint and set your piece aside to dry.

Once your paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand the wood. The areas where the vaseline is, the paint will come off easily. I have also found that if you blast the piece with water from your hose the paint will flake off in the areas where the vaseline is as well. It’s a little less work, but then you have to let the piece dry out for a day or so. Enjoy your distressed pallet art!

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distressed wood Shabby Painted Pallet Wood ArtI liked my star before, but now I am totally in love with it! It is going to look so fantastic on my porch! Pallet wood is so much fun to distress! I hope you all will give this method a try some time. It was both easy and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Floral Summer Sandals

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06 DSC 0026 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsLike a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!

Here’s What You Need:

*Sandals

*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)

*Felt

*Scissors

*Fabritac Glue

Instructions:

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.

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18 DSC 0089 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOnce you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.

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12 photo 3 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOpen your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.

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15 photo 1 2 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsNow you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.

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09 DSC 0033 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsI absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Reloved Love!

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1 DSC 0067 Reloved Love!I am so excited to share the news that a couple of my projects are featured in July’s issue of ReLoved Magazine! If you are not familiar with Reloved, it is a British mag dedicated to all things upcycled! This magazine is fabulous! There are so many amazing projects to decorate your home and yourself in the July issue! I especially love the sewing projects! To snag a copy of your own, get the digital version from itunes or straight through the Reloved app, or find one at your local book store or craft store. Also, check out the magazine’s website Here, where you can subscribe so you never miss an issue, and check out their awesome blog! And a very big Thank You to Reloved for featuring my projects! I am completely honored to be a part of such a fantastic publication!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Star

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02 DSC 0021 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarUpcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!

Here’s What You Need:

*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)

*Pencil and/ a marker

*Band saw or circular saw

*Brad Nailer and Nails

*Sawtooth Hanger

Instructions:

08 photo 1 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarThe first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.

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10 photo 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarStarting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.

11 photo 4 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarTake a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.

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14 photo 3 2 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarNail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.

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01 DSC 0024 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarI absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Easy Star Hair Combs

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02 DSC 0109 DIY Easy Star Hair CombsHey everyone! Are you all getting ready for the Independence Day holiday tomorrow? One of my favorite memories of the fourth of July is from when we were living in Los Angeles. The apartment building we lived in let people up on the roof and we got to see a 360 degree view of every fireworks show the city was having. It was magical! I’m afraid nothing has ever been able to compare since. This year we are planning on shooting off some small fireworks at my mom’s house. I’m sure we will be grilling something yummy, and there will be lots of sparklers! Hannah and I love sparklers! Before the holiday commences, I thought I’d share this easy DIY for my Fabric Star Hair Combs that I will be wearing for the holiday. They are so easy and really fast to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*Fabric Scraps in Reds and Blues

*Marking Pen

*Scissors

*Basting Spray

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Plastic Hair Combs or Hair Pins of your choice

*Fabri-Tac Glue

*Paper, pen and scissors

Instructions:

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06 DSC 0100 DIY Easy Star Hair CombsThe first thing you need to do is cut out your stars. Draw a star onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Use it as a template. Double up your fabric scraps with wrong sides together. Trace your star onto the fabric with a marking pen and cut them out. You should have two stars for every comb or hair pin.Spray one of your stars with basting spray on it’s wrong side. Then smooth the star to it’s match with wrong sides together. Stitch around the edges of your stars and clip excess threads. Run a bead of glue onto the top of the hair comb. Press the comb onto the star shape back. Smooth and glue it down well. Set aside and let them dry.

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04 DSC 0106 DIY Easy Star Hair CombsThese hair combs are a lot of fun to wear! Wear a couple, or go all out and put a bunch in your hair. You can really change the style up just by the fabrics you use. You can even make them in other shapes. You can choose to sew your shapes or you can just glue them together for an even easier diy. I’ll be back next week with a fun summer project! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and a safe Independence Day!

Fantastic DIY’s to Try This Summer!

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Can you believe that we are half way into 2014 already! This year has flown by so far! Summer is officially here, and it is hot in NC. I have been working on a couple of projects for my screened porch. I love a good summer project almost as much as I love holiday DIY’s. So, I thought I would share a little round up of some of the fantastic DIY’s I’d like to try this summer. You can find all kinds of fun projects on my DIY board on Pinterest! Here are some of my absolute favorites this month:

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DIY A-Frame Tent by Cakies

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DIY Brightly Lined Lace Mini Skirt by A Pair and A Spare

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Perler Bead Toppers by Vida Nullvier (Norwegian)

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Ice Cream Cone Bunting by Ing Things (Deutsch?)

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DIY Painted Beach Ball Makeover by Studio DIY

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DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Shirt by Pretty Providence

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DIY Camera Strap from a Scarf by The House that Lars Built

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DIY Tree Swing by Design Love Fest

Aren’t they just awesome! I so wish I had a tree that I could hang a swing in! I would love to make one! Definitely be sure to check out the many projects you can find on all of these fabulous blogs! They are awesome! I’ll be back next month with another round up of favorites. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Scrappy American Flag Pillow

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2 DSC 0024 2 DIY Scrappy American Flag Pillow Summer is in full swing, and we are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day here in the states. When I was little I loved anything with stars and stripes! As far as flags go, we have one of the coolest flag designs in the world! I have been wanting to make a flag pillow for a while now. The other day I was digging in my scrap drawer and realized that I had the perfect scraps to make my pillow. I was quite excited! I had another DIY planned for today, but I just had to hold off so that I could share this fun patriotic pillow with you all. It’s really quite easy, and you can whip one up just in time to enjoy it for the fourth of July!

Here’s What You Need:

*Linen Fabric – about 1/4 to 1/3 of a yard

*Large Scrap Fabric for the back of the pillow

*Pillow Form

*Red, Blue and Yellow Scraps

*Basting Spray and Foil

*Scissors

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut out your pieces. Cut your pillow front linen piece to be 10″x17″. Cut two pieces for the back of the pillow to be 10″x 9″. Cut a blue patterned fabric scrap to be 5″x6″. Cut three red fabric strips to be 1″x17″ and two red strips to be 1″x10.5″. Draw stars with a marking pen on the yellow fabric scraps. Cut out your stars.

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Next, you need to spray your applique pieces with basting spray. Lay out some tin foil. Lay your applique pieces face down onto the foil and spray the back side with the basting spray.

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Now, smooth your blue piece up in the upper left corner of the pillow front piece. Press and smooth your stars onto the blue piece. Then lay out your stripes starting at the bottom of the front piece and spacing them out at about a little over an inch apart.  Iron your appliqued front.

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Now you need to sew the appliques down. Stitch along the edges of your stripes and blue rectangle with a small zig zag stitch. Stitch around your stars with a straight stitch.

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Take the back pieces and turn under one of the 10″ edges under 1/4″ and then another 1/4″. Stitch down.

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Now you are ready to sew your pillow cover. Lay the front pillow piece face up on the table. Lay the back pieces face down onto the front piece. The raw edges should meet with the raw edges of the front piece and the finished edges should be in the middle overlapping a little. Pin all the way around. Sew all the way around the pillow cover with a half-inch seam allowance.

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Clip the corners and then turn your pillow cover right side out. Insert your pillow form.

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1 DSC 0033 2 DIY Scrappy American Flag Pillow I LOVE how my little flag pillow turned out! I had such a blast making it, I may have to make a union jack one too, since that is another one of my favorite flags. You can change-up the style of this pillow just by the fabrics you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime. It is fast and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Tote

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01 DSC 0029 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteMaking upcycled bags and totes is one of my absolute favorite things to do! I usually make bags with upcycled shabby tablecloths. Over the past year I have played around with patchwork projects from vintage scrap fabrics. I thought it would be fun to make a fun patchwork tote for summer! I have bunches of vintage fabric scraps from vintage feed sacks, old linens and sheets, and even old smocks and aprons. This project does take quite a bit of time due to making the patchwork, but it is totally worth it for the end result! And it is fun, fun, fun!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage scrap fabrics

*Self Healing Mat and Rotary Cutter

*Quilting Ruler

*Sewing Machine

*Coordinating Thread

*1/2 yard of lining fabric

*Scissors

*Grommets and Grommet Setter

*Leather or Pleather for strap

*Swivel Clasp

*Rivets

*Hammer

*Awl

*Pattern

Here’s The Pattern:(sorry it’s not so pretty)

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Instructions:

15 DSC 0002 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteThe first thing you need to do is make your patchwork fabric pieces for the front and back outside of your tote. Start by cutting 2″ fabric squares with your rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat. You will need approximately 85 squares.

12 DSC 0005 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow you need to sew your squares into horizontal oriented strips. Lay the right sides together and stitch down the side of two squares. Then stitch a third square to the second and so on. You will need two strip of eight squares, six strips of seven squares, and four strips of six squares.

14 DSC 0003 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteOnce you have stitched your strips, iron open the seam allowances.

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27 photo 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow you need to stitch your strips together. The bottom strip will be a seven square strip. Stager the eight square strip to the bottom strip and stitch lengthwise. Then stagger a seven square strip to the other side of the eight square strip and stitch. Then stitch another seven square strip and then the two six square strips, staggering each of them a little from the previous strip. This will be one side of your main fabric. Repeat for the back side. Once you have your two patchwork pieces sewn, you need to iron open the seam allowances.

23 photo 3 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNext, you need to cut out your pattern pieces. Cut two pieces of lining fabric, and cut two pieces from your patchwork fabric panels you made.

19 photo 4 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteLay the patchwork pieces right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Do the same with the lining fabric.

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8 photo 1 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteClip your curves on the lining and the main pieces.

22 photo 4 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow, turn your patchwork main piece right side out and slip it into the lining fabric so that the right sides of the main and lining fabric are touching. Stitch along the top opening leaving a few inches open for turning.

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7 photo 1 3 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteTurn the main and lining fabric right side out through the opening. Push the lining back into the main bag pieces. Iron the opening of the bag.

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21 photo 4 3 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteStitch along the top of the bag with a 1/8 inch top stitch all the way around, stitching closed the opening.

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28 photo 2 6 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNext you need to add your grommets. Lay the grommet onto the side seam of your bag about a half inch from the top. Mark the hole in the grommet onto the bag. Cut the hole out for the grommet. Place your grommet front and back onto the hole. Then hammer and set the grommet with the setting tools. Repeat with the other side.

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24 photo 3 4 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow you need to make your strap. Cut a piece of leather to be the length you want by about 1.5″. Slide your swivel clasp onto the end. Overlap the end by at least a half an inch. Mark where you want your rivets. I used two small rivets. You could use any different size you like. Punch holes in the leather with your awl where you marked. Insert and assemble your rivets and hammer them closed. To finish off your bag clip your strap to your bag where your grommets are.

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05 DSC 0017 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteI have to say, this bag took me several hours to make from start to finish, but I am so in love with it! I think the thing I love so much about patchwork is that you can incorporate all kinds of your favorite scrap fabrics! I am a total fabric nerd, and just adore the beautiful and fun prints in vintage fabrics! They are the best! This bag just makes me happy! Of course you can use any kinds of fabric scraps you have on hand. Or upcycle some of your old shirts instead of sending them to Goodwill. I hope you all have been inspired to make your own summer tote! You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another summer DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!