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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!

Vintage Cocktail Napkin Pillow

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A little while ago I snagged a couple of vintage cocktail napkins from one of my favorite shops, NeatoKeen, on Etsy. I have kind of a chicken theme in my kitchen and thought the Les Enfants napkins would be perfect to frame and hang in my kitchen. I do love chickens, and french chickens, well, I couldn’t resist! I was in need for a gift for my momma for Mother’s Day, and knowing she loves chickens and all things Francaise, I decided to make her a pillow with one of my napkins. Cocktail napkins being rather small, I decided to piece it into a frame block of other fabric. The result was super cute, and the process is easy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Cocktail Napkin

*Scrap Fabric

*Fabric for Backing

*Pillow Form

*Trim

*Zipper, or velcro

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your napkin and pillow form and decide how to make your strips. The napkin I had was roughly nine inches and my pillow form was a 14″. So I took the napkin and took out the seam allowance, so that mad it 8″ for a half inch on each side. So 14 minus 8 was 6″. Divide that in half and add your seam allowances back in. So, 6/2 is 3″ plus seam allowance on each side would be 4″. You want to make two bands the width of your napkin. In my case 4×9, and the other two to be the length of the pillow plus allowance, in my case 4×15. Cut a backing piece to be 15×15.

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Start by laying the bottom band to the bottom of the napkin with right sides together and stitch together. Do the same thing with the top band and top of the napkin.

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You should end up with a long piece with a fabric band, the napkin, then a bottom fabric band. Press the seams to the side of the band so it doesn’t show through your napkin.

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Now you need to stitch up the sides. Lay the right side band to the pieced napkin and band right side with right sides facing. Stitch up the seam. Do the same thing with the left side. Press seams to the bands. You should end up with a napkin framed in by your four bands and a total piece that measures 15×15.

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Top stitch around the napkin on the bands close to the seam, stitching down the seam allowance as you go.

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Stitch the trim if you have any to the right side of the backing fabric close to the edge. I have to appologize but my other process photos are lost at the moment. So you need to now stitch up your pillow, but you need to add your closure first. In my case I had a zipper. I stitched the right side of the zipper on one side to the right side of the front pillow piece. Then I stitched the other half of the zipper to the right side of the back pillow piece. You can follow the directions on the zipper packaging too which can be very helpful if you are not familiar with zippers. Once your zipper is stitched in you need to finish sewing up your pillow. Stitch all the way around the pillow starting and ending where your zipper starts and stops. Clip your corners and turn the pillow case right side out, then insert your pillow form.

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Isn’t it cute! My mom flipped over it, and it now sits on the little chair in her red sunroom, just as I photographed it. You can find vintage cocktail napkins online at places like Etsy or Ebay, or you can sometimes find them at flea markets and antique malls. I think they make great pieced pillows. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “Happy Hour!” I hope you all will give it a go sometime yourselves.  It’s such a fun project and can be made in under an hour too! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 11th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and all the mommies out there had a lovely Mother’s Day! You know the saying, “April showers bring May flower?” Well it is so true to our area! All the flowers in my garden are starting to bloom, and it is beautiful! I cut some peonies just this morning for a nice small table bouquet in my favorite Pip Studio pitcher. Vintage florals being my favorite of favorites, I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage florals with you all today! I hope you love them all too!

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Sublime Paragon Green Floral 1940′s Teacup and Saucer from The Beloved Teacup

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1940′s Floral Straw Hat from Oiseau Vintage

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CORO Flower Basket Brooch | Pink Enamel Glass Rhinestone Floral Pin | Vintage 1940s Jewelry from Second Hand Bijoux

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Vintage 1940s Dress Floral Print Eyelet Trim Ruffle from Regeneration Clothing

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1940s Vintage Turner Floral Canvas Transfer Picture Set Oval Gold Frames Excellent Condition Exquisite Decor Pair from Her Enchanting Vintage

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40s Novelty KITTY Cat Print BED JACKET / 1940s Pale Yellow Rayon Cropped Blouse from Lucky Dry Goods

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1940′s Vintage Wallpaper – Large Pink Cabbage Roses from Hannah’s Treasures

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Vintage floral tapestry handbag/ small fashion handbag/ floral tapestry purse/ handmade evening bag/1950′s womens accessories/ wedding bride from Retro and Roses Vintage

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1940s Floral Printed Handkerchief Cotton with Hand Rolled Edges from Yellow Bee Vintage

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1940s Old Feedsack Fabric Red Floral on Blue Circles on White Background , Cotton Feed Sack, Vintage Fabric Red, White and Blue from Rooster’s Nest Vintage

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Amazing Bouquets with Hummingbirds and Bumble Bees Vintage1940s Floral Barkcloth// Cotton Yardage// Upholstery Weight// New Old Stock from KimberlyZ

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Vintage Floral Flat Bed Sheet and Pillowcase Pillow Case Set Bedding Your Choice from In With The Old

I am so in love with all of these amazing finds! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy checking out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review- Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage Wallpaper

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Here’s What You Need:

*Modern Masters Metallic Paint (I used SnowflakePink PearlOlympic GoldShimmering Sky from the Metallic Paint Collection)

*Side Table

*Primer (I used Killz)

*Paint Brush

*Detail Paint Brushes (Small craft paint brushes are fine)

*Wallpaper

*Spray Adhesive and Glass Custom Cut to Fit or Wallpaper Paste

How-to:

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The first thing I did was paint a couple of coats of primer on my table and drawer. The wood on this table had a really dark stain, so I ended up with three coats of primer to cover it to my satisfaction. In reality I probably could have done two and been fine. I started by painting all my pink areas first. I painted each of the legs and the sides as well as the front of the drawer. I used three coats of the pink. Again I probably could have done two and been fine. I let the pink dry for a few hours. Then I started in with the blue accents with a craft brush that was about an inch wide. I mixed the blue with the white at a 90/10 ratio to make the lighter hue of blue. Then, I painted the band around the top of the table, the line in the middle of the drawer and all the corners that framed in the middle pieces as well as the front facing pieces. I think I used two coats on the blue areas of the table. I also painted the hardware in the blue. This took several coats since it was thin and very light. Once all the blue areas had dried, I got out my smaller skinny brush to free hand the details in the gold paint. I made the quilted pattern on the panels by painting diagonal stripes in one direction and letting the stripes dry, then painting stripes in the other direction. I did two coats on each of the stripes. I free-handed the tassels with feathery strokes on the tops of each leg. I also added a little line of gold dots on the blue band of the drawer. Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I added the hardware back on to the drawer and put the drawer back in. I measured the inside of my table top and cut a piece of wallpaper to fit the space. Then I used spray adhesive to stick the wallpaper to the table top. I am getting a piece of glass custom cut to fit the table top inside and protect my wallpaper.

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02 DSC 3227 682x1024 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperI LOVE how my table turned out! I could not be happier with the Modern Masters Paint line either! It was super easy to use, and the colors are gorgeous! The metallic has a lovely sheen to it and it has a nice semi gloss smooth feel to the dried paint surface without being shiny too, which I like. It shimmers and sparkles without looking too fake. I also love how smooth a finish it has. A lot of the craft metallics I have used in the past have looked a bit splotchy. Over all I was thrilled with the outcome of my project and would highly recommend trying out Modern Masters paint for your next furniture or wall project!To find your local Modern Masters retailer, you can use their Retail Locator or their Online Shop . Be sure to check out their blog too, Modern Masters Café Blog, for inspiration and diy’s, and of course on social media FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+ and YouTube too! Also if you are interested, check out the Top 5 Tips for Working with Metallic Paints – A Modern Masters Café Blog Post for some great tips! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Etsy Favorite Fridays- April 17th

Happy Friday everyone! Wow, it’s been a crazy day! I almost thought I was going to have to share this with you all this weekend sometime, but I still have an hour left before the weekend officially starts, so I’m all in! Wahoo! So, here are five of my absolute favorite items from some of my favorite shops on Etsy for this week:

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Hand Knit Cat Home Decoration Сream Home Decor Animal Rustic Decor Library Decor Gray Striped Cute Animal Woodland Rustic Stuffed Cat by Olga Mareeva

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Funny Ceramic Figures, Completely Customizable, with Shapes of Bear, Fox, Cat or Bunny and Decorated with pigments. Ready To Ship by Barruntando

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Cat illustration, whimsical animal, childrens art, cat portrait, cat print, animal art, yellow, kids painting by Inameliart

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Tea Towel Blue Vintage Mason Jar Tea Towel Flour Sack Towel Kitchen Cotton Towel Home Decor Gift by Apple White

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Flower Coasters Set of 4 – White by Decoylab

Aren’t they all adorable! I am so head over heels for the knitted kitty, it reminds me a bit of a fat little Roux! I also love the kitty painting, and love that she is holding a little bird, and she looks so much like our bengal Jack. Too adorable! The ceramic kitty is also amazing and reminds me so much of our kitty Sophie. It is uncanny! Apparently I am on a kitty craze this week! Be sure to check out the fabulous shops these items came from and the amazing artists who made them! I’ll be back next week with more favorite finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Retro Style Upcycled Men’s Shirt

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Hey guys! I have really been enjoying making and sharing vintage crafts with you all every month from my collection of vintage home magazines! This week I am going to share with you how to update an oversized men’s button up with some retro flair. I really wanted to share this one with you all including the source, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find the exact magazine that I got the idea from. The original was a in a mag and it was a gift idea for a teen girl. They took a man’s shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then they cut and hemmed it to be shorter and embroidered a cross stitch design on it. If anyone knows the specific idea and mag it came from, please feel free to share!

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For now though, I am going to tell you how I made my retro top. I started with a large men’s button up shirt I picked up at Goodwill. I tried it on and measured where I wanted it to hit length wise. Then I added a little to to the length for hemming and cut it at that length. I measured up from the bottom of each side seam and then drew a straight line across. Then I turned it under by a quarter inch and then under by about an inch again and stitched the hem closed on my machine. Then I stitched a little crochet trim to the under side of the hem. I cut the sleeves off at a little above my elbow line. Then I rolled the sleeve up twice and top stitched around the edge. Then I rolled it up again a couple of times. I hand stitched a little crochet trim on the pocket of the shirt, and then I drew my initial with a marking pen and using a back stitch, hand embroidered the initial in a navy thread to coordinate with my shirt.

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I love how my top turned out! I made it in about an hour with all the hand stitching, so it was pretty quick to whip up. The shirt only cost me a couple of dollars and the trim was a couple of dollars, so this shirt only cost me around five dollars to make. You can’t beat that, really! I love the retro flair it has! It is super comfortable too! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is a great project for a beginner too I think! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather Handles

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Hey everyone! A while back I scored a super sweet vintage quilt in super shabby condition at the thrift store for a few dollars. I knew the quilt was kind of beyond repair to remake it into a quilt, but the fabrics were so lovely I thought I would use it as a cutter for some sewing projects. I thought I would make a simple tote to share with you all. This particular tote has added tabs on the side for an adjustable strap, but you could make it just as easily with just the top handles for a simpler tote. It is easy to customize it to your own style.

Here’s What You Need:

*Shabby Quilt

*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)

*Leather Scraps

*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt

*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing

*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Leather Needle

*Zipper Foot

*Fabric Glue (optional)

Instructions:

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The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your pieces. Cut two pieces of your quilt to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. Then cut two lining pieces to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. If you want to add a pocket you can cut one out for that too. I cut a piece to span the bottom so it was about 15″ wide by 8″ tall. Also cut your leather strips to 2.5 wide by about 14″ for each strap. Cut two pieces of leather for your tabs to be 1.25″ by about 3″. If you are making a fabric strap cut the fabric to be 3″ wide by about 52″ long. Cut interfacing for the strap too. If you are using webbing, cut your webbing to about 52″ long.

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Start your tote by sewing your trim to the bottom of your font quilt piece using your zipper foot. Then place the back quilt piece to the front with right sides together and pin around the sides and the bottom. Stitch around the sides and the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Stitch your pocket to your lining piece if you have one. I folded my pocket piece under and stitched the top hem. Then I stitched the pocket to the lining at the bottom and side seams and then added a seam up the middle for a divided pocket. Put your back and front lining pieces together right sides touching and pin. Then stitch all around the sides and the bottom. You can go back to using your regular foot for the lining pieces as you will not be stitching around any trim. Clip the corners of both the lining and outer bag.

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Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.

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Now you need to stitch the tabs to the sides of your tote. Decide where you want to place your tabs. I places mine so the top of the tab hit at 5.5″ from the top of the bag on the side seam. Mark with a marking pen the spot on both side seams of the bag. Insert the top of the tab into the metal ring. Fold it over so it overlaps the metal by about an inch. Then use a little dab of fabric glue to glue it in place on the side seam. Repeat with the other tab. Then top stitch the tabs onto the side seams, stitching in a square and making sure to stitch as close to the ring as you can get. A zipper foot will help with this too.

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If you are making your own handles, fold the leather strips in half with the wrong sides together. Stitch down the open side as close to the edge as you can. Then stitch up the other side close to the edge. You can use premade handles or even a belt if you do not want to sew your own. Mark where you want your handles to go on the top of your bag. I made mine to be about 4″ in from each side seam. Place your handles with the ends flat against the top of the bag and the handle down towards the middle. Stay stitch the front and back handles to the front and back of the bag.

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Turn the lining inside out and insert the outer bag into the lining. Match up the side seams and then pin all the way around the top.

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Stitch all the way around the top of the bag leaving a few inches open for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance. Pull the bag through the hole you left and pull the lining through then stuff the lining back into the bag.

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Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.

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Top stitch the hole closed close to the top. You can then top stitch around the bag if you like. I top stitched 1/2″ away from the top of mine.

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Now you are ready to make the strap. Apply your interfacing and fold the piece in half with right sides together. Iron flat. Stitch down the side of the strap with a quarter inch seam allowance. Then turn your fabric right side out with either a turning tool or a chopstick, etc.

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Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.

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Insert your strap through one of your rings so that the end comes up the back side. Fold the end over and stitch across the strap a few times.

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Take the other end of the strap and insert it through the adjuster, then loop it through the other ring and back up to the wrong side of the adjuster. Loop it back through the bar and then stitch it down to the strap close to the bar.  You can do the same steps with a strap for webbing, just omit the stitching of the strap step.

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02 DSC 3252 740x1024 DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather HandlesI am super happy with my little tote! I love all the fabrics in this quilt, they have a homey feel! It was really simple to put together. I want to say it took me around an hour to make, so it’s pretty quick to whip up. I always love to use reclaimed fabrics, but you could certainly use any fabric you like. If you decide on using thin fabric, you may want to use an interfacing to keep it from being too floppy. I hope you guys will give this bag a try sometime! I think it is a great tote for spring and summer! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Cactus Pin Cushion

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4 DSC 3098 Vintage Crafts  Cactus Pin CushionHi guys! I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all today! This one comes from a vintage 1954 August issue of The Workbasket Magazine. There was a pattern for a cactus pin cushion made from felt. I thought it was so cute, I just had to give it a try!

Here’s the original how-to:

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Pattern:

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3 DSC 3101 Vintage Crafts  Cactus Pin CushionI had a blast making this little pin cushion! It was really pretty easy. You don’t even need a sewing machine, everything is sewn by hand. I used a gingham fabric scrap for the pot portion instead of the felt like in the original, and I used a cereal box for the cardboard piece. Other than that everything else is by the original way. I think it looks super cute with or without the little pins. It was super fun to make and really inexpensive. I think it would make a great little gift for a craft friend! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!