Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It was very rainy here, but we managed to get in a little trip to some antique shops in Cameron and a Saturday night cook out with my father in law. I am super excited it is October! Fall is my favorite season! Everything is still quite green around here, but we should start seeing some fall colors in the next couple of weeks. Until then, I wanted to share some of my favorite fall-ish finds from Etsy with you all this week…
Aren’t they all wonderful! I LOVE the fabrics and the dishes! Do you all have a favorite this week? I just love vintage shopping don’t you! Be sure to check out the lovely Etsy vintage shops that these items came from today. I think you will love them too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Hi guys! As many of you know, vintage linens are like my favorite thing on the planet! I purchased the most adorable tea towel from one of my favorite shops, NeatoKeen a while back. The moment I saw this little towel, I knew I had to have it! The kitty looks like a cross between my two angel kitties, Roux and Sophie. I have been saving it for something special. Recently I had the opportunity to review a pillow form from PillowCubes.com and immediately knew the little towel I had would be amazing throw pillows for my couch!
First you need to measure your tea towel. You will need to decide where you want to cut your towel and if you will need to patch it in with some extra fabric. My tea towel was wide enough for a fourteen inch pillow form but it was not tall enough since I wanted to make two pillows, so I needed to add fabric to the top and bottom to make it square. I needed an extra inch and a half added to the top and bottom. So I made my extra pieces 2″ tall by 15″. My towel piece was 12″ tall by 15″ wide. Then I cut a back piece to be 15×15″.
Begin by sewing the top patch to the top of the towel with right sides together. Press seam to the top. Stitch the bottom patch to the bottom of the towel, right sides together. Press seam allowance towards the bottom. Now you should have a front pillow piece that is 15×15″.
Stitch the trim around the front of your pillow around the edges.
Now you are ready to sew your zipper. Put the front and back pillow pieces together right sides facing. Baste stitch across the bottom of the pillow. Press the seam open.
Lay the zipper centered in the middle of the seam you pressed open. Pin the zipper with the top of the zipper about an inch and a half in from the side then pin it down from there making sure it is centered in that seam all the way.
Put your zipper foot on your machine. Stitch a regular straight seam down one side and then across at about 1.5″ from the side seam then back up the other side, moving the zipper pull as needed with the needle down in the fabric. Now rip open the basted seam exposing the zipper.
Now fold to make the back and front pieces even with right sides together. Pin all the way around. Start stitching 1.5″ in from the side where your zipper tape starts, then pivot and stitch up the side, then across the top, then back down the other side and then across the bottom 1.5″ in to the other side of the zipper. Clip corners and threads. Open up the zipper and pull the pillow right side out through the bottom. Insert your pillow form.
I LOVE my pillow! It looks fantastic in my living room and every time I see it I am reminded of my little Roux! Pillow Cubes is a company out of Tennessee that offers all kinds of pillow forms in traditional sizes and custom sizes. You can buy singles or in wholesale quantities. They also carry a variety of types of pillow forms in fiber fill and feather blends. I chose a fourteen inch square woven covered fiber fill pillow. I was impressed by the quality of my pillow form. And I really love that they are made here in the US! I would definitely recommend giving Pillow Cubes a try next time you are looking for some pillow inserts. My friends at Pillow Cubes have given me a coupon code to share with my readers. Use code CraftyLife10 at checkout to receive 10% of your order! I hope you have enjoyed my pillow tutorial! Next time you see that awesome vintage tea towel, snatch it up and make a pillow for your favorite space. Vintage linens make the best throw pillow! These pillows would make a great gift too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
One of the best things in this whole world is vintage dishes! The old patterns are just fantastic! Of all the mid century dish ware lines, Cathrineholm’s enamel ware is definitely one of my absolute favorites! The lines and colors of the lotus dishware is to die for. I recently had an impulse buy of a huge tub of perler beads. I had bought them for my sister and I to use for a craft night when she was home for summer. Well, they never were cracked open, so I decided to play around with them and see if I could whip up some coasters. I was inspired to make my coasters with a retro design, and I couldn’t think of anything more fun than Cathrineholm’s Lotus pattern.
Here’s What You Need:
*Square Bead Form
*Perler Bead Ironing Paper
*Pick up and scoop tool(optional)
The basic way to make your perler bead coasters is as follows. Grab a bunch of beads in the colors that you are using and gather them into a bowl or lid. Follow the patterns as I have listed below. Place each bead on a peg following the pattern. Once you have your whole pattern set, you are ready to iron. Place a sheet of ironing paper on top of the beads. Iron according to the directions. Flip the coaster over. Take the pegform off from the back side. Place the ironing paper on the back and then iron the backside.
Here is the pattern for the regular coasters, it reads from top to bottom. C=color W=white
Row 1- 20C beads
Row 2- 20C
Row 3- 4C, 10W, 6C
Row4- 3C, 13W, 4C
Row 5- 3C, 15W, 2C
Row 6- 20C
Row 7- 3C, 15W, 2C
Row 8- 3C, 13W, 4C
Row 9- 4C, 10W, 6C
Row 10- 20C
Row 11- 20C
Row 12- 4C, 10W, 6C
Row 13- 3C, 13W, 4C
Row 14- 3C, 15W, 2C
Row 15- 20C
Row 16- 3C, 15W, 2C
Row 17- 3C, 13W, 4C
Row 18- 4C, 10W, 6C
Row 19- 20C
Row 20- 20C
I think they turned out pretty fun! I found my little venture into perler bead crafting pretty therapeutic. It is a great weeknight project to make while catching up on some Netflix. One thing I would suggest is getting the bags of the solid colors. It took me forever to dig out the colors I wanted out of my big bucket of multicolored beads. I really enjoyed playing around with my perler beads! I am sure I’ll be making more things with them soon. I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at making your own perler coasters! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
Hi guys! I know in my vintage posts I usually share a diy from a magazine. Well, today I am going to do something a little different and share a little easy how to on how to make a dress from a vintage tablecloth with a retro sewing pattern.
I used a large rectangular embroidered vintage tablecloth and the Retro Butterick pattern 5748. There are so many awesome vintage reproduction sewing patterns on the market today! I love them because they always have plus sizes, so I don’t have to redraft an entire pattern, I can just cut and go.
I used a large vintage embroidered tablecloth. I cut the bodice front and back from the top edge. I tried to place the pattern where the embroidery design would be the same and the pieces would fit pretty seamlessly across the bodice. I cut the bodice linings out of plain white broadcloth I had on hand. I did not use the skirt pattern pieces. Instead I measured from my waist to where I wanted the hem to lay. Then I added 1/2″ to the measurement for seam allowance to sew the skirt to the bodice. To cut the skirt I measured up from the bottom side of the tablecloth up the previous measurement all the way across and mark. Cut across where marked forming a long skinny rectangle you will use for your skirt. Stitch the bodice up according to the directions. When you get to the skirt, stitch up the ends to where the zipper will go. You will now have a loop. Stitch a basting stitch across the top of the front and then across the back to the side seam areas. Then stitch another basting stitch right below the first. Gather your skirt. Pin to the bodice and sew to the bodice. Remove basting. Add your side zipper at the side seam according to directions. Then stitch down the lining by hand around the zipper and skirt area.
I love love love my little sundress! I have used this pattern a couple of times now and it is always a fun dress to wear. The last one I made with a linen bodice and a tablecloth skirt. It looks like a boutique dress, but I spent around ten dollars for the tablecloth and the pattern I snagged on sale. The best part is that you can whip one up in an afternoon. It is really easy! I hope I have inspired some of you to grab out some of those old linens that may not be in perfect shape anymore and try using them to make a dress of your own! I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My sister is in town this week, and we are off to have some fun. Before I head out, I wanted to share some of my favorite vintage summer dresses from Etsy’s wonderful vintage world with you. Here is just the tip of the iceberg, you can see more in my favorites in my Etsy profile…
Aren’t they amazing! I picked dresses from the 30’s through the 50’s as those are my favorite years for style! The prints, the fabrics, the silhouettes, make me so happy! I can’t even pick a favorite this week. Which one of these beauties would you like to add to your closet? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome style shops as much as I did this week! There are some gorgeous items in every one of them! Now, if I was only rich and skinny!I would have them all! I will be back next week with more vintage summer fun. Until then…
Hi guys! Summer is in full swing here in NC! I have been enjoying the lake a lot this summer, but one thing that I have been dying to do is have a summer get together with friends and family. I love outdoor parties in the summer evenings! Since I have been daydreaming about a summer garden soiree, I thought I’d create a little mood board to share with you all what my perfect evening garden party would be styled like….
We have a white pergola in the back yard that is my favorite summer spot in our yard! We had string lights hung but the squirrels were apparently having little high wire acts on them and several strands broke. It is one thing I have been hoping to fix before summer is gone. I would love to have a rustic dining table and chairs to go under the pergola. Of course my tablescapes would be bright and full of patterns and colors. I love to mix florals with ginghams, stripes, and polkadots. My perfect summer go to style is a gingham dress with a straw hat and sandals or bare feet. And of course what is a party without your closest family and friends there to share in the festivities! So how about you guys? What does your perfect summer social entail? Dreaming about any cool backyard ideas? I hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and time with family and friends! Have a wonderful summer guys!
Last week I shared how I updated my diner style kitchen table by covering it with oilcloth fabric. We have had the table and chair set for years and it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture as it was the first real piece of furniture we bought as a couple. Just as the dining table was looking a bit worse for wear, the chairs that went with it were not in great condition anymore either. There are lots of little scratches and puncture holes from the kitties. Instead of upholstering them I decided to make some simple slip covers to jazz them up a little.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Tablecloth or Upholstery Weight Fabric
*Accent Fabric (canvas, linen, denim, twill, etc)
*Sewing Machine and Thread
First you want to draft your pattern. Place a piece of poster board on your chair cushion or top. Get a friend to hold it in place while you trace the seat from underneath with a pencil.
For the top of my seat I made a rectangle the width plus about an inch extra for ease by the length. Then I held up the rectangle piece to my chair back and traced the curve at the top.
Once you trace and draft your patterns make sure to add seam allowance. Add 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around the seat pattern. Add 1/2″ around the sides and top of the back pattern and then add an inch and a quarter for hemming the bottom. You will also want to cut a skirt for the seat skirt. Measure from the top of the cushion down and decide how long you want your skirt. I made mine 5″ tall. You will need two parts to your skirt. One piece will go around the front and sides of the seat, the other will be a flap for the back of the seat. So, measure your perimeter of your cushion pattern piece from one side to the other starting at the back right corner and going around to the back left corner. So if my parameter minus the back was 68″, I would make my front skirt pattern to be 5″ tall plus an inch for hemming, so 6″ tall by 68″ wide plus an inch for hemming the sides(69×6.) Then cut a back piece to be the same height by the width of the back plus an inch for hemming (18×6.)
Cut out your pattern pieces. You will need one seat cover piece for each chair. You will need two back of chair pattern pieces for each chair, and you will need one skirt piece and one back skirt piece for each chair.
If you want to add trim to your chair back cover, now is the time. Baste your trim to the front side of one piece all around the edge with a quarter inch seam allowance. Make sure if you are using a directional trim, like ball frings, you point the bottom of the trim towards the inside.
Pin the back and front of the chair back cover pieces together right sides together. Stitch around the sides and top with a half inch seam allowance. Leave the bottom open. Turn under the raw edge by about a quarter inch and press. Then turn under again by about a little over a half inch. Stitch close to the edge to hem. Now your chair back is done. You can add trim to the bottom now too if you like.
Turn under and hem the sides of both the skirt pieces. You will want the sides to be hemmed in by about a half an inch. Then turn under and hem the bottoms of both the main skirt and back flap skirt. All of your edges except the top should be finished off and hemmed now.
Pin the seat cover to the main skirt right sides together starting about a half an inch from both side corners of the back end.Stitch together with a half inch seam allowance.
Now pin the back piece to the back of the seat cover right sides together.
Stitch the back to the back of the seat cover. To finish mine off I stitched ribbon on each side of the back skirt in the middle so I could tie my seat covers to the chairs around the chrome legs. You can add ribbon if you like like I did or you can leave it open. You can also add trim to the bottom of the skirt. I will probably add some ball trim to mine sometime soon.
I just adore my whole dining table set now that I gave it a little DIY love! I used a vintage tablecloth for my main fabric pieces that had some wonderful farm life designs on it in red and aqua. You can use any kind of upholstery weight fabric like twill or canvas or even linen or denim. The great thing about these covers is that once you make your pattern, you can easily whip a set of these covers up in an afternoon. You can make a set for every season or occasion you like. I am sure I’ll be making a Christmas set soon. So if you have some shabby dining chairs, give them a face lift with some cute chair covers! It can change the look of your whole space! I hope you will give it a try, it’s super simple and fun! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My sister is in town for the next week and a half, and I am so happy to spending some time with her! We are going to try to get by the farmers market this week to find some peaches. It is peach season here in the south and as a huge fruit lover, it is my second favorite time of year, behind strawberry season of course. So, this week I thought I would share some lovely peachy vintage finds with you guys!
Aren’t they all so beautiful! I had a hard time narrowing my finds down this week since there were so many things I loved and so many different peachy hues. I love everything of course! My hubby says the doll is creepy, but I just love her little dress! And the peach salt and pepper shakers and the wall fish are right up my alley! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Back in April my mammas and I took a trip out to Liberty for the Spring Antique Festival. I picked up a lot of goodies that day, but one of my favorites was this wonderful metal rooster serving tray. I knew it would be fabulous in my kitchen! I couldn’t decide where to put it. I had originally thought of hanging it on the wall, but it didn’t fit anywhere I wanted it to go. My mom suggested that it would make a cool lazy susan for the table. She can come up with the best ideas!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Metal Tray
*Lazy Susan ( Mine was a wood one we had from IKEA)
*Glue ( I used E6000)
Paint your lazy susan to be the color of the bottom of the tray. Then add a generous amount of glue to the top of the lazy susan. Turn the tray over so it is face down. Place the lazy susan face down onto the back side of the tray, making sure it is centered, glue it down to the tray. Let the glue dry, then it is ready to use.
Isn’t it adorable! I love it! It is so cute on my gingham tabletop too! I love to display my little hen salt and pepper shaker set on it, and I am looking for a cute napkin holder to add to it too. So, if you have an old vintage tray you love but just don’t know what to do with it but keep it in your cupboard, turn it into a great display piece and make it into a lazy susan! I’ll be back soon with more crafty fun. Until then…
Hi guys! My hubby and I bought a reproduction chrome diner style table and chair set from a furniture store in Los Angeles a long while ago when I was in college out there. It was our first dining table, and we still use it to this day. It has seen some wear and tear over the years and the top has gotten a bit shabby. We looked at getting a new table, but I am so attached to this one, I decided to cover the top. It turned out even better than I had hoped for, and it was so easy to cover!
Here’s What You Need:
*Diner Style Table mine was 52″ round
*Oilcloth ( I used two yards)
*Staple Gun and Staples
This table is pretty easy to cover. The first thing you need to do is take the tabletop off. It should be screwed on from the bottom of the tabletop.
Remove the screws and set aside.
Lay your oilcloth out on the floor face down. Next, lay the tabletop face down onto the oilcloth. Center the tabletop on the fabric.
Trim the fabric to about 3-4″ excess from the tables edge.
Start by folding one edge of your oilcloth up to the backside of your table. Stretch it tight and staple it down near the edge of the fabric. Continue pulling the fabric to the back side and stapling it down until you have stapled all the way around your table. I went back around and stapled my fabric again close to the edge of the table for extra security.
Now, find the holes for the screws on the back of the tabletop by running your fingers over the fabric near the edge. When you find a hole, punch a hole in the oilcloth with your awl. Next, lay your table base upside down onto your table top. Screw the base to the top with the screws you set aside before.
Once it is all screwed back together flip it right side up and enjoy your new tabletop.
I LOVE how my table turned out! The red gingham looks fabulous in my kitchen! I don’t know how long it will hold up, but I can always recover it. So far it has been covered a month and still looks great! You could easily cover any table with oil cloth with the same method, you just staple it to the underside. So, if you have a shabby old diner style table, before you toss it up on craigslist, try covering it with some awesome oilcloth. It’s a great way to update your table and your kitchen decor! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, a crazy cat, one very spoiled dog, and seven adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.