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Easy DIY Floral Independence Day Wreath

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Here’s What You Need:

*Large Silk Flower Daisies

*Chipboard or Particle Board Wreath Form ( I bought mine at Michaels)

*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon

Instructions:

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Start by snipping the tops of the flowers off of the stems. You may be able to pull the tops off as they are just little caps. If not, use the cutters and snip them off close to the top of the flower as you can get.

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Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back side of the flower. Then insert the tiny bit of stem left on the back into one of the holes in the wreath form. Press down to glue to the wreath form securely. Repeat with the next flower and the next hole. Continue on repeating with the flowers until the wreath form is full and covered in flowers. MY flowers were fairly large. If your flowers are too small to space by using the holes in the wreath form, then just glue them to the form closer together and don’t worry about the holes.

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Once your wreath is filled, cut a piece of ribbon to about 14″ or so and fold in half. Glue the ribbon to the back side of the wreath at the top of the wreath. Now your wreath is ready to hang and enjoy.

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Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and Necklaces

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01 DSC 4000 1024x857 DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and NecklacesI love collecting all kinds of vintage things, linens especially. One of my favorite things to collect is vintage state souvenirs. I recently came across a lot of vintage souvenir spoons I couldn’t pass up. I have been wanting to make some keychains out of them, ever since I saw my neighbors key chain that was made with a vintage silverware handle. I realize some collectors would be shocked that I “destroyed” collector’s pieces. And to you I say, sorry, I couldn’t resist! They were too much fun! Here is my how to for those of you who would like to make your own.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Souvenir Spoons

*Split Ring Key Chain Rings

*Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

*Sandpaper

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ball Chain

Instructions:

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Grab your spoons and your cutters.

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Cut your spoons. For my longer spoons I cut them about a half inch from the bottom of the handle. For the tiny spoons, I cut them at the end of the handle.

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Sand the cut end smooth if it has sharp edges or burrs.

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Take your jewelry pliers and start bending and curving the cut end towards the back into a loop. Before you close the loop insert your keychain ring. Then close the loop so that it is touching the backside of the handle. For the spoon necklace, bend the cut end back to the back side in a loop. String the spoon pendant on ball chain and add a clasp.

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02 DSC 3996 1024x965 DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and NecklacesAren’t they cute! I love how some of the fancier spoons were able to be used for both necklaces and key chains. All of my spoons were silver plated and were pretty pliable. If I had a spoon that was actual sterling I would have had to use a dremmel with a cutting wheel to cut the spoons and heavier pliers. One of the reasons I had no regrets cutting up my spoons was that they were cheaply made. I really love how easy and fast these are to whip up, and the graphics on the spoons are just fabulous! I am probably going to be sticking some of these up in my shop soon. If you would like one and there is a particular state you’d like, email me and I can reserve one for you. So, next time you come across some old souvenir spoons at the thrift store or flea market, I hope you will grab some and give this diy a go yourself! You’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Little Barn Salt and Pepper Shaker Holder

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Last year for my birthday my mom gave me the most adorable set of vintage rooster spice shaker set. I wanted to display it in my kitchen, and had them on my windowsil for a while, but I kept knocking them off, so I decided we needed a holder for them. I thought it would be fun to make them a little barn to sit in. Here’s how I made my shaker holder:

Here’s What You Need:

*Scrap of Nice Plywood 3/8 or 1/2″ thick

*Mini Picket Fencing (I bought mine at JoAnns)

*1/8″ thick Plywood

*1/8″ square dowel

*Wood Glue

*Paint

*Table Saw or Circular Saw

*Sawtooth Picture Hanger

*Pin Nailer and Pin Nails

*Jewelry Wire Snippers

Instructions:

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Please excuse my lack of photos near the end, they were lost in a corrupted card. I will try and be as thorough as I can. You all are always welcome to email me with questions if you need help with a project.

First you need to measure your shakers to see the depth and height to make your pieces. Cut a piece for your base to be the length to hold all your shakers comfortably by the width of the shakers plus about a half inch for allowance.

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Cut the back piece to be the lengh of your bottom piece by the height you want. My bottom piece was around 2″x9″, and my back was about 9″x7″. Cut the top edge of your back piece at an angle for your roof. Then cut your roof piece out of the 1/8″ to be the width of your holder by a few inches. Mine was about 9″x3″.

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Glue your bast to the front of the back piece at the bottom. Put a few pin nails in the back for extra hold.

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Paint your base in your grass green. And the back to be like your barn or house like you like it.

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Cut your tiny dowels to be the width of your roof. Glue them down to your top of your roof piece about an inch or so apart. Let the glue dry. Paint your roof. Then glue your roof onto the top angled part of your holder. Next you will need to add your fencing. Place the end of the fencing flush with the edge and bottom of the base bottom piece. Nail the first pickett to the base with your pin nailer. Then nail the second and so on. When you get to the corner wrap the fencing around tightly to the front and nail. Continue nailing all the way around to the other end. Clip your excess fencing off with your jewelry snippers. To finish off your spice holder, attach your sawtooth hanger to the middle of the top of the back of your holder.

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I really love how it turned out! This was really pretty simple to make. I hung it on the side of my upper cabinets by sink. They look very cute and cheery and I love the cuteness they add to the decor in my kitchen! You could easily make this a little house instead of a barn just by painting it differently. So, if you have a collection of vintage shakers laying around make a fun little holder to show them off in your kitchen! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Nature Prints

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Hi guys! I am here to share another vintage craft project with you all. These nature prints are from a vintage McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine from Spring/Summer of 1958. These vintage McCall’s mags are my favorites to go through just to look at the beautiful patterns you could buy. This craft uses scraps of wood to create shapes of animals and fish. With a scrap and a little imagination, you could really create a special work of art!

Here’s The Original:

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I used watercolor paper as my canvas. I had a bunch of Plaid’s Fabric Creations Fabric Ink left from last weeks project, so I used my fabric inks for printing. I would assume that craft paint would work as well, you may have to thin it a little. My husband does a lot of wood-turning, so I used a few scraps he had that were from a tree log he had recently trimmed into a slab. I loved the angular shapes of the scraps. I stamped my paper and then when it was thoroughly dry I used a white sharpie paint to add white for the eyes, and then used a black micron pen to draw in the accents to make my fish and my road runner come to life.

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I really had a blast making these prints! It is a craft you could easily do with your kiddies or for a simple summer craft night! I have my prints framed in my living room to bring a little summer flair to my decor. I hope you all will give this one a try for your next summer project! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Revamping Vintage Linens with Plaid’s New Fabric Creations™ Line, Plus A Giveaway!

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This post is brought to you by The Blueprint Social and Plaid Crafts. As always, all of the opinions here are my own. I recently had the opportunity to review Plaid Craft’s new line of craft products, Fabric Creations™. Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink is super soft fabric ink that is the perfect formulation for stamping, stenciling and brushing on fabric. It is machine washable, water based, and non-toxic. Plus it is super soft! Use printing blocks for creating unique fashions, quilts, textiles, stitching embroidery, scrapbooking, printing, and more! Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps and Fabric Ink are both available at Hobby Lobby and www.plaidonline.com.

I had recently snagged a bunch of old linens at the Flea Market for less than a dollar a piece. I use old embroidery and floral linens in my projects all the time as cutters. I thought it would be fun to funk some of the linens up a bit and give them a new life with the help of the fantastic block printing stamps and ink I received. I decided to stamp on an old 1960′s fringed table runner and also some pillowcases. I had so much fun with it, before I was done, I was even stamping my shoes! Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Linens such as Pillowcases, Table Runners, Napkins, Etc…

*Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps

*Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink

*Foam Sponges

*Foam Block Printing Mat

*Paper Plate

Instructions:

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I started with testing each stamp I had on a piece of scrap fabric so we could really get a feel for the design and how the stamps worked.

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The first thing you need to do is squeeze a little fabric ink out onto a paper plate. Also, place your foam mat under the layer of fabric where you want to start stamping. Dip your sponge into the ink and then dab the ink on the white design on the wood stamp. You can use two sponges and two color inks to create an ombre type effect easily just by dabbing one color onto one part of the stamp and then the other color onto the other part of the stamp.

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Carefully lay the stamp face down onto your fabric where you wish the design to be, be sure to note the orientation before you put it down.

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Press firmly down onto your stamp into the foam and then lift the stamp straight up. Continue stamping your design. When you get to the edge of the foam matt, carefully lift your fabric and reposition the mat to the new section and continue stamping. When you are done with a color of ink and want to change colors, or if you are done with your stamp, make sure to wash it off. The bristle brush you can get to clean the stamps with is incredibly helpful and makes cleaning a snap!

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I had also stamped a blue linen table scarf. I still like the way it turned out, but I will say that the colors are not quite the same and the darker colors showed up the best on them. It has a more muted antique look. I prefer the ink on white fabrics myself because the colors are so vibrant.

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I decided to do an all over print on the faded floral pillowcase in the gold ink with the square scroll stamp. It was really subtle , but turned out so sweet. The pink floral pillowcase got a pink and lime ombre stamped border, which had a fun vibe to it. The yellow floral got a bold blue paisley all over print with an elephant border. I love the boldness of the print but that you can also see the original floral behind lending its charm.

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My favorite linen revamp though was probably my table runner. I loved the funky embroidery on it, but I thought it would be so cool to add some border stamps and a few elephants to the center to give it an eastern flair. The designs melded flawlessly with the original embroidery and it really enhanced the look of the whole cloth. It was fun but a little shabby before, but now it is a great centerpiece for the table. I have been displaying it on the credenza in my living room.

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I did not want to stop stamping after I got through my linens, so I decided to try out the stamps on an old pair of espadrilles I had from a couple of summers ago. Since the fabric mat obviously would not fit into my shoe, I folded up a little newspaper and inserted into the shoe. Then I carefully stretched out the fabric with one hand so it was smooth and laid the stamp with the other. They turned out adorable too, and it took me about ten minutes to make them!

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Overall, I was extremely happy with the Plaid Fabric Creations™ line! I did really enjoy the stamps, but I cannot say enough good things about the fabric ink! It has such a soft hand. You can’t feel it once it is dry, like it is part of the fabric. I just love it! The wood stamps are a super nice quality too. They have a nice weight and feel in your hand and are really easy to use. They have a ton of designs, from southwestern, to eastern influence, to florals.

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To celebrate the launch of their new Fabric Creations™ line, Plaid Crafts is doing a giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win a Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Kit, which includes over $125 worth of supplies!

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I hope I have inspired some of you all to give the Fabric Creations™ line a try sometime! You can stamp projects so fast and easily, and the inks are divine! I am in LOVE with the fabric inks! To see more from the Fabric Creations™ line as well as tons of other products and projects check out Plaid Crafts blog online Here, and follow along with them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’ll be back soon with another fun project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Style- Vintage Tablecloth Circle Skirt

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As a lot of you already know, I collect vintage tablecloths. I rarely come across one I am not in love with, so I have several, including bunches of cutters that I love to use in my projects. Sometimes I may find a lovely cloth that is in pretty good condition with hardly any stains that I just can’t resist. I can only use tablecloths on my table for special occasions since my cat destroys them. He’s such a booger! And I really hate just having them up in the cupboard sitting there collecting dust. So, sometimes I use my nicer tablecloths for special projects. I recently snagged a really cute circular tablecloth and thought it would be perfect for a traditional circle skirt. These are really pretty easy to make and only require a few supplies. Circle skirts can be really expensive to make since they usually require a lot of yardage. When you find a good deal on a round tablecloth you can make a skirt for a fraction of the cost. Here is my how to:

What You Need:

*Round Tablecloth

*Measuring Tape

*Straight Pins

*Scissors

*Fabric for Waist Band (1/4 yard or 1/8 depending on width)

*Heavy Weight Interfacing

*Zipper

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is figure out your measurements. Measure your waist. Add an inch for your seam. Subtract an inch for stretch. For example if your waist is 28″ your math would look like this- 27+1-1=27. If you had two seams it would look like this- 27+2-1=28. Take your measurement and divide it by six for a full circle skirt- (27/6=4.5) Then you want to subtract seam allowance for the waistline seam of 1/2″ so, 4.5-.5=4″. So your mark is going to be 4″. Take your tablecloth and neatly fold it in half, then fold it again so the curve is at the bottom and the top comes to a point and it is in a quarter fold. Take your measuring tape and find the measurement from the end of the metal tip to the hole in the metal tip. You will need to add this measurement to the waist measurement you found earlier. For example- your 4″. So if your tip is 1/4″ you would add that to the measurement- 4.25″. Poke a needle into the tape measure at your marking point (ex: 4.25″.) Stick the needle into the very tip of the tablecloth.

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Now, take a pencil or marking pen and using the hole in the metal end of the tape insert your pencil and pull from one edge to the other marking your curved cutting line.

 

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Make a waist band to be the length of your waist plus one inch by 3.5″ wide. Cut interfacing to be a little smaller than the waistband.

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Iron your interfacing onto your waist band. Then, pin your waist band and the waistline of your skirt together right sides together matching ends. Stitch a 1/2″ seam. Press your seam allowance towards your waist band.

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Pin your skirt together at the side seam with right sides touching. Hold up your zipper to the side so you can decide where it will lay, then mark the bottom.

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Stitch the side seam from the bottom up. Stitch with a regular stitch up to the mark you made for the zipper, then stitch a basting stitch all the way to the top. Iron open your seam allowance.

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Now, open up your zipper a little and lay it face down onto your side seam so the zipper teeth are centered to the seam. Pin your zipper in place. Stitch your zipper with a zipper foot, stitching down one side across the bottom and up the other.When you get to the pull, put your needle down into the fabric and pull up your presser foot, then shimmy the zipper pull past the presser foot, put the foot back down and continue stitching.Once your zipper is stitched you need to cut open the seam part that was basted with a seam ripper which will expose your zipper.

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Now you are ready to finish the waist band. Fold the top edge of the waist band under by a quarter inch and iron down. Then fold the folded top down over the seam allowance to the waist seam. Fold in the sides where your zipper meets too. Pin all the way around. Stitch close to the edge as you can across the waist and up the ends. Clip excess threads and you’re done. Enjoy your skirt!

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I really love my new circle skirt! I love this particular tablecloth for the adorable design and it has some of my favorite colors in it too! It is really swingy and fun to wear! It took me about an hour to make from start to finish, so it is a pretty easy and fast DIY. I hope you all will give it a try sometime! You can find some great vintage round tablecloths at your local flea market or antique mall, or look online on Ebay or Etsy. If you aren’t married to the idea of a vintage cloth, you can always take a look for some tablecloths at the thrift stores in your area. Any larger round tablecloth will do. I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

Five Minute DIY Vintage Hanky Watch

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Hey guys! I wanted to pop in and share a super easy DIY watch with you all today! Sometimes I love to wear a watch, but the bands aren’t always breathable and can make my wrists feel sweaty. It’s super easy to make a watch with a hanky or scarf, and super cute too. Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Watch Face (this particular face I got at Michael’s)

*Vintage Hanky or Scarf

Instructions:

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First you need to grab a hanky. Fold the hanky in half diagonally, forming a triangle.

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Starting at the top where it is widest, fold the hanky over about an inch, then over again, and again until you have a folded strip of about an inch wide.

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To finish off your watch band, insert the end of the hanky strip into the loop of the watch face, under the face, and then back up through the other loop. Tie the watch around your wrist and knot in a little bow.

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I love the hanky watches because, well, they are hankies! I love finding new ways to use them and wear them! Since there is not cutting or sewing you can switch them out as often as you like making the design possibilities endless. What I also love is that since they are cotton they are breathable and comfortable to wear. So, grab some of grandma’s old hankies and strap one on with a watch sometime. I love wearing mine! I’ll be back soon with more diy fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Egg Cup Vases

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A few weeks ago I was at the antique festival in Liberty and snagged the most adorable little egg cups painted like ladies faces. I instantly knew they needed to have flowers for hair! I have seen some really cute face egg cup planters on Pinterest like these, and have always wanted to make some of my own. These were even better since the faces were already on my egg cups and beyond adorable! I have seen them with grass or succulents in them, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I decided on some silk flowers.

Here’s What You Need:

*Egg Cups (You can easily add faces with a Porcelain pen or other paints)

*Floral Foam

*A few bunches of small silk flowers

*Wire Snippers

Instructions:

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First you need to gather your supplies and clean your egg cups.

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Cut a small piece of foam to fit inside your egg cup with your craft knife.

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Stuff the floral foam into your egg cup. If you want it to be permanent you can add a little glue to the bottom of the foam.

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Clip your floral stems short and stick the ends into the floral foam. Arrange your flowers how you like them. I added an assortment of stems to one planter and then for the other two I used the same stems like all purple or all tiny floral stems.

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Once you have your flowers arranged how you like them you are done. Display them in your favorite space as a group or scatter them through your house in special places.

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Aren’t they so darn cute! I love my little egg vase ladies! They look super adorable all together or even by themselves tucked on a bookshelf or next to a sweet piece of art. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It’s so easy and really fun! The best part is that it is an inexpensive project and you can make several in under an hour. I’ll be back soon with more fun DIY ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Autographed Belt

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Hey guys! I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all! In some of my old Good Housekeeping Magazines, they had a section called “The Date Line” that would tell about what was hip with the teens of that generation. I love reading them and some of them even had little craft ideas. My November 1957 issue had a note about girls taking their leather belts and getting their friends to autograph them. I thought that sounded like so much fun! When I was a teen, I had my friends doodle on my favorite pair of chucks. My sisters did the same with bags or stuffies. I guess teens have always been smitten with doodles. It makes me wonder if my grandmother might have had something she cherished when she was young that all her friends signed.

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I decided to take one of my old thrift store belts and doodle on it and have my family sign it. Instead of using a gold leaf pen, I used gold sharpie paint pens. You could easily funk this up even more by using colorful belts and colored paint pens. We wrote my favorite sayings on them, and now I can wear a little reminder of all my favorite people with me. I am seriously smitten with my belt!

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I think this is a great idea for graduations since it is that time of year. It would also be fun to have at a party. You could have the wedding parties sign belts for the bride and groom at their showers. Or if your kiddos are leaving the nest, you can sign a belt with family signatures and wishes as a memento of home. I hope I might have inspired some of you all to give this vintage idea a try! I had a blast making mine! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Vintage Hanky Pocket Tee

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I am a hanky hoarder! I have tons of them and although I need another hanky like I need a hole in my head, I cannot resist snagging them up when I come across some! I was looking for something to do to embellish some of plain every day tees. I thought I’d add a fun pocket to some of them. Most of my favorite flour sack scraps are too small for pockets, so I decided to try makng a pocket out of a vintage hanky. As it turns out, hankies make wonderful pockets and are just what I was looking for! Now I want to make one for each day of the week!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plain Tee Shirt

*Hanky

*Interfacing

*Marking Pen and Ruler

*Scissors and Iron

*Sewing machine and thread

*Straight Pins

Instructions:

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To start with cut one quarter out of your hanky. You should end up with a squarish shape.

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Cut interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the hanky.

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Fold the hanky in half on the diagonal so you have a triangle.

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Decide about where you want to fold your sides to make your pocket. Fold your triangle in half and measure out the same distance on each side and gently mark your fold line.

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Cut the sides off of your triangle a little past your fold line. Fold your hanky on your fold line and iron the raw edges towards the wrong side. You should now have your pocket shape.

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Decide where you want your pocket to go on your tee. Measure and mark the placement, then pin the pocket to the front of the tee with straight pins.

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Top stitch around the pocket stitching close to the edges and leaving the top open. Make sure to backstitch well at the beginning and end of your stitching. Clip excess threads and there you have it!

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My hanky pocket tees are definitely my go to every day tee! I love wearing them, and they are so easy to make I will definitely be making more. If you don’t have any hankies of your own, you can find them fairly cheap at vintage stores, antique malls, flea markets, etc. You could always substitute a hanky with a fun bandana too. So if you have some plain tees you are itching to do something with, give this one a try! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!