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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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 25th

Happy Monday everyone! And Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend and spending time relaxing with friends and family. As it is Memorial Day, this weeks finds are inspired by the amazing men and women who serve and protect our country every day, and our love for the good ole red, white, and blue…

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1950s Linen 9.5 x 5 American Flag, Stitched, Valley Forge Flag Co, Vintage Patriotic Decor from Nacho Kitty

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Vintage 1950′s Heavy Cast Brass American Eagle Flag Pole or Display Stand Top , Old Finish, Creative Use, Eagle Desk Weight from Kelley Street Vintage

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Vintage Patriotic Child Lithograph Tin Toy Drum with Eagle Flag from The New England Huswife

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American Flag Picture & Word Vintage 1950s Children’s School Flash Card from China Books, Cards, N’ More

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50s Vintage Day Dress White Blue Striped Red Trim 1950s Vintage Sheath Dress by Mode O’ Day Size Medium from Stutterin’ Mama

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Vintage Patriotic Necklace, HONG KONG, Red White and Blue Necklace, Plastic Beaded Choker Necklace, Memorial Day, 4th of July, 1950s Jewelry from Red Garnet Vintage

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MEMORIAL DAY SALE 1950s Bow Print Dress / 50s Dress / Red White and Blue Bows Full Skirt Dress from Foxburrow Vintage

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Vintage 1980s-does-1950s Red, White and Blue Americana Wide Brim Hat from CoriLu Vintage

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1950s embroidered fish blouse / red blue fish / nautical style blouse / novelty blouse / size 4-5 from Tiny Town Vintage

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1960s Blue Swimsuit by Everlastik (M) | 60s Red, White, and Blue Pin Up Bathing Suit from Retro Active NOLA

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1950s Rooster Tray from Old Green Canoe

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Vintage Ceramic Four Piece Canister Set – Red White and Blue – Made in Italy – Italian Canisters – Mid Century Canister Set – 1950s from Soulful Vintage

I love vintage Americana items, so awesome! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! To all our servicemen and ladies out there we love and appreciate you all! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Be safe and have fun! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 19th

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent most of mine sewing up some projects. I am so excited it is strawberry season here in North Carolina, and all the strawberry farms in the area are open for business. Our locally grown strawberries are the best! It is one of my favorite times of the year! So, in honor of strawberry season, I put together a little collection of vintage strawberry finds to share with you all this week. Check out this sweet bunch:

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1950s Hand Knit Spring Pink Strawberry Sweater from Speak Vintage DC

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Strawberry Stickpin Set from Diament Designs

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Evelyn – Original 1950′s Strawberry Field Hat from Relevant by WH

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1960′s Shabby Chic Ivory basket purse, sewing basket, makeup case: strawberry acrylic top from Seconds by Jane Elaine

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Vintage 1950s WEISS STRAWBERRY BROOCH Loaded With Cherry Red and Forest Green Rhinestones  from Retired Hungarian

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Vintage Vera Dress, Strawberry Dress, Cross Over , White Shift Dress, 60s Mod Dress, Mid Century Kitschy from Urban Recycle

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Vintage 1950s Set of 4 Strawberry & Daisy Cloth Napkins Cottage Shabby Chic Farmhouse from Prime Patina

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1950s Vintage Wallpaper Mid Century Kitchen, Tile Wallpaper with Cherries Strawberries, Imperial Glendura 9+ feet from Blue Rose Retro

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1950s Milk Glass Strawberry Sugar Bowl Canister & Tea Cup Mid Century – Mix and Match Set Vintage Fruit Berry Garden Coffee Mug Jar Decor from Eco Friendly Freckles

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Strawberry Theme Glass Drinks Set, Pitcher and Tom Collins Tumblers from Picaso Vintage

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Huge 1950s Strawberry Serving Tray, Hand Painted Metal Patio Platter from Nacho Kitty

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1950s Red Canisters w/ Strawberries, Set of 3 from Indigo Bleu Vintage

Aren’t they all just amazing! I love vintage strawberries! That Vera dress is so cool, you have to click on the listing and see the back of the dress! And how about that sweater! I am so in love with everything here this week! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I will be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Vintage Stuffed Donkey Plushie and Free Pattern

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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:

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The How-To:

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The Pattern:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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!

DIY Vintage Flour Sack Fabric Hat Band

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04 DSC 3420 899x1024 DIY Vintage Flour Sack Fabric Hat BandAs many of you all know by now, I love to make patchwork projects with my vintage flour sack scraps! The prints on these fabrics are divine! They are so fun to piece together in patchwork too! I had snagged this straw hat in the cheapie section at Target a few weeks ago and liked the fit of it, but thought it needed something a little more than the thin elastic band it donned. So, I thought I would spruce it up with a fabric band, or even better yet, a vintage patchwork band! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Straw Hat- I bought mine at Target in their dollar section

*Vintage Flour Sack Scraps, or scrap fabric of your choice

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Flower Clip, brooch, pin or decorative hair flower, etc…

Instructions:

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Measure your hat circumference to see how many pieces you need. Divide the measurement by the length of your sewn rectangles which are roughly 2.5″ wide. So, 25″ divided by 2.5 would be ten pieces. I added a piece for good measure so I cut eleven rectangles with seam allowance of a quarter inch so my pieces were cut to 3″ wide each and I made them to be 2.25 tall so I could turn under the top and bottom by a half inch and still have a band that was 1.25″ tall. Cut all your scrap pieces with your quilting ruler and rotary cutter on your mat.

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Lay out your scraps in the order that you like. Play around with it until you have a design you like.

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Start by stitching your first piece to your second piece right sides facing at right side seam. Then stitch the third piece to the second at the right side seam. Continue stitching each piece to the previous until you have a long strip of patchwork.

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Iron open all the seam allowances. Fold the top and bottom raw edges under towards the wrong side by 1/2″ each and iron down flat. You can either leave it like that or you can top stitch close to the top and bottom to keep everything in place and the edges nicely concealed. Fit your band around your hat and overlap the ends, then fasten them together with a pin or a clip. I added a big daisy clip to mine.

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I just adore my hat now that I have added the band to it! I wear it all the time and have gotten so many compliments on it. I used some of my favorite feed sack scraps to make my hat band, but you could easily use any kind of scraps you have on hand, or you could make a solid strip just as easily. I love the versatility of this project and how easy it is to make! I also love that the band is removable, so if I want to wear a scarf around my hat or possibly make a different band or even add a different clip to it, I can. I hope some of my fellow hat lovers will give this one a try this summer. I think you all will love it too! Can’t wait to see what you clever guys and gals come up with! I’ll be back next week with another fun upcycled DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 4th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic start to your week! I am busy getting things ready for Mother’s Day. Can you believe it is this weekend! It snuck up on me this year. So, in honor of Mother’s Day I thought I would share a little collection of vintage finds that I think would be perfect for any mom. Here are my favorites this week:

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Vintage Apron Dress Seamstress Sewing Machine GREAT Graphics from NeatoKeen

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Vintage 1950′s Bone China Brooch with Rose, Anenome Pansy & Forget-me-nots perfect gift for Mother, Mom, Daughter, Wife or Girlfriend from The Purple Papillon

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Vintage Mother’s Day Hankie Carnations & Bows w Unique Fold Minty from Uncle Bunk’s Trunk

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Vintage ROSLYN 1950s Country Ramble Pink Blue Purple Flower Tea Cup and Saucer English Fine Bone Porcelain China – Free Domestic Shipping from Beautiful Passions

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Kitchen Bath Laundry Saying Soap Dish – A Mother’s Work is Never Done – Great Mother’s Day Gift! Kitchen or Bath – Blue 1950s Kitchen Decor from Glittering Dragonfly

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1950′s Vintage Miniature Hand Blown Glass Birds – Mom with 4 Babies – Gorgeous Colors from A Collector’s Emporium

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1930′s Vintage Wallpaper Bright Pink Roses Blue Flowers on Yellow from Rosie’s Wallpaper

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Vintage kitsch rare lustre ware pastel lamb or llama vase 1940s 1950s from Tutti Vintage

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1950′s Silk Scarf – Silk Rose Scarf – Vintage Double Sided Boho Floral Scarf from That Was A Good Year

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Cat Figurines 1940′s China Kitty Statues Red And White Polka Dots Knick Knacks from Pepper LaRoux

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Vintage Fashion Magazine Charms Harpers Bazaar Vogue Collier’s 1930′s 1940′s Enameled Charm Bracelet from The Rusty Nail Pail

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Nov. 1954 Mademoiselle Magazine – 1950s Teen Girl – Women – Ads – Fifties Fashion – Beauty – Style – Christmas – Vintage Photos – Ephemera from Hobgoblins

Aren’t they so adorable! My mom and I both tend to lean toward anything cute, or floral. I know she would love any one of these lovely items as a gift! Do you all have a favorite this week? See anything your mom would love? I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun! Until then….

Happy Shopping!

Upcycled Vintage Apron Back Tee

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01 DSC 3413 658x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeSome of you may already know this, but I am a vintage apron collector. I love vintage aprons, and have bunches of them in my cabinet in the kitchen. The full aprons I use when I cook. Some of my half aprons that have deep pockets get used at shows or the flea market, but a lot of them just sit there and look pretty. Occasionally I might slip one on with a pair of jeans and a plain tee. I have been wanting to find another way to style them into something wearable. I thought I might try to add one to a back of a tee for a fun look. I was so happy with the tee that I made, I ended up adding one to a tank too! This is a really easy way to funk up a plain shirt, and a great way to show off some of your favorite old aprons outside of the kitchen!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tee Shirt or Tank

*Vintage Half Apron

*Scissors

*Ruler and Marking Pen

*Straight Pins

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

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For the tee and the tank you will start out the same way. Lay out where you think the top of the apron should start. I wanted to start it near the top where the band of the apron would go across my back on the tee and meet up with the yoke on the tank. Measure and mark your placement and then pin your apron band on top of your mark line. Top stitch the band to the tee and then turn at the ends and stitch down the sides of the band. For the tank stop your top stitching at the end of the yoke in the back.

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For the tank you will need to fold over the excess band to the wrong side of the tee where the yoke meets the curve in the back. Pin it in place and then top stitch over it.

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To finish off the tee I cut a line from the end of the apron band to the end of the bottom of the side seam on both sides. Then I cut the fabric off of the underside of the band, so I cut away the whole chunk of tee where the apron was going to hang. Then I pinned the apron sides to the side seams and stitched all the way down. Then I trimmed and hemmed the front hem of the tee.

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The tank I finished a little differently. I pinned the apron sides on top of the back of the tee at an angle from where the band ended to the bottom of the side seam on each side. Then I top stitched the apron down as close to the edge as I could manage. Once I had stitched the apron sides to the tee, I went back and cut out the back of the tee where the apron hung at the side seams and the top leaving a little seam allowance. To finish off the tank, I stitched top stitched the pocket that was on the apron onto the front of the tank.

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07 DSC 3390 680x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeI absolutely LOVE both of my new tops! They are super comfortable to wear, especially on those days you feel a little bleh! I love how easy they are to whip up and how you can customize them to coordinate with the apron. The tank I bought at target on sale and it ended up being perfect with my aqua apron. The stripe tee was a Walmart cheapie I had lying around for a while. The only thing I was not happy with on the walmart shirt was that the knit was ribbed like a thin interlock so the hem got all wonky when I was trimming and stitching it up. A regular hanes jersey tee would have been better. So, if you are an apron hoarder like me, or just have a few tucked away in the closet, give this simple diy a go. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!