Hi guys! Are you all gearing up for Independence Day weekend? I am looking forward to cooking out and hopefully hanging out on the lake if it is not too crowded. I have been in need for a summer wreath for my front door, and recently came across some cute faux flowers at Walmart of all places. I thought they would be cute as a wreath and would be perfect for summer and the 4th of July holiday!
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
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.
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.
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.
This wreath was super easy to make and I want to say the whole thing took maybe twenty minutes from start to finish. It is a really quick wreath to whip up! I used faux Gerber daisies that had a navy and white star print with large plastic red rhinestones for the centers. You could easily change up the look of your wreath just by the colors or prints of the flowers you use and the ribbon. This is so quick and easy, you could make several in just an hour and in every color you love! Give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
I 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
Grab your spoons and your cutters.
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.
Sand the cut end smooth if it has sharp edges or burrs.
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.
Aren’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…
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
*Table Saw or Circular Saw
*Sawtooth Picture Hanger
*Pin Nailer and Pin Nails
*Jewelry Wire Snippers
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.
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″.
Glue your bast to the front of the back piece at the bottom. Put a few pin nails in the back for extra hold.
Paint your base in your grass green. And the back to be like your barn or house like you like it.
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.
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…
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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 Block Printing Mat
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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…
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:
*Fabric for Waist Band (1/4 yard or 1/8 depending on width)
*Heavy Weight Interfacing
*Sewing Machine and Thread
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.
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.
Cut out the fabric where you marked. Then cut up one side of the tablecloth for a side seam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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
First you need to grab a hanky. Fold the hanky in half diagonally, forming a triangle.
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.
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.
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…
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)
*A few bunches of small silk flowers
First you need to gather your supplies and clean your egg cups.
Cut a small piece of foam to fit inside your egg cup with your craft knife.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
*Marking Pen and Ruler
*Scissors and Iron
*Sewing machine and thread
To start with cut one quarter out of your hanky. You should end up with a squarish shape.
Cut interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the hanky.
Fold the hanky in half on the diagonal so you have a triangle.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
Hi everybody! Today I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all, yay! This diy, I have to say, has been my favorite to make so far! I got the how-to from a January 1956 issue of Workbasket Magazine. I am a huge fan of stuffed animals, and he was just too cute, even in drawing form! I couldn’t resist making one for myself!
Here is the Original:
To print the pattern, just save the image to your computer and print it in landscape on a regular piece of 8.5×11 paper.
For my little donkey I used grey wool felt for the body. I used orange wool felt for the leg trim or inside pieces, and lime green for the hoofs. For the ears I used a mustard wool felt. The eyes were just regular black and white felt scraps. For the hair I used an aqua wool blend yarn. I followed the pattern and instructions pretty much exact. However, instead of whipping on the hoofs and the eyes, I glued them on with fabric glue. I also just left the tail bushy instead of wrapping it.
I really enjoyed making him! He did take me a few hours to make, but it was pretty easy work. It was a little difficult to blanket stitch areas that were fully stuffed but patience and stiff fingers prevailed and I made it work. The yarn was quite difficult to pull through my felt as well, but a pair of pliers helped to gently force it through.
I absolutely adore my little donkey! He is probably my favorite thing I have made in a long while! I do hope some of you lovely ladies and gents will make your own sometime. It is well worth the effort! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…
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:
*Fabric for Backing
*Zipper, or velcro
*Sewing Machine and Thread
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top stitch around the napkin on the bands close to the seam, stitching down the seam allowance as you go.
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.
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….
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.