Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Did you all know that Wednesday of this week is Earth Day? Although we never really do anything special to celebrate Earth Day in our family, we do try to be “green” all the year. Conservation of our beautiful Earth is something both my hubby and I feel is important. Even something small like recycling or changing to more efficient light bulbs can make an impact. In honor of Earth Day, this week I am going to share some vintage earthly love inspired finds with you all. Check em’ out:
Aren’t they so fabulous! I just love vintage globes! The shaker set cracks me up! And I can never get enough of Smokey the Bear! He’s just too cute! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Be sure to check out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops for these items and so much more! I hope you all have a wonderful and green Earth Day! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
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!
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.
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…
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:
*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)
*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt
*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)
*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing
*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Fabric Glue (optional)
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.
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.
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.
Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.
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.
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.
Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.
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.
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.
I 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 Monday everyone! Spring is definitely here. Everything is budding and we are starting to see the pollen swoop in. Everything has a yellow top coat to it at the moment. Even the sky has a bit of a yellow haze. Although I think the pollen is icky, I refuse to let it get me down. So, this week my finds are all going to be inspired by the color yellow. Not the dirty yellow that has been plaguing our area from all the pine trees, but the beautiful sunshine yellow of spring. Here are my top swoon worthy picks for this week:
Aren’t they all fabulous! Yellow is not a color I can wear very well, but I do love to pick up accessories and home goods in this fantastic hue! Do you all have a favorite this week? Be sure to check out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops. I think you’ll love them as much as I do! I’ll be back next week with more vintage love. Until then…
Hi 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:
I 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…
Hey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week! I recently picked up a partial roll of some gorgeous vintage wallpaper. There was not enough to do an accent wall anywhere in my house, so I am using it for several projects I have planned. The first project I wanted to tackle was a piece of wall art. Some scrap wood and a galvanized letter paired with my wallpaper and I ended up with a sweet piece of art perfect for my craft room!
Here’s What You Need:
*Scrap Wood (I used a plywood scrap that was about 12×12)
*Galvanized Letter ( I got mine at Michaels)
*Decoupage Medium in Matte
*Rolling pin or Roller
First you need to cut a piece of wallpaper to use. Lay your wood on top of your wallpaper and cut out a piece that is a few inches larger on all sides than your wood.
Spread a thin layer of decoupage medium to your wood front.
Lay your wood wet side down onto the back side of the wallpaper, making sure it is centered and straight. Flip over and smooth out. I used a rolling pin to smooth out the bubbles and excess medium. Wipe away any excess medium that squeezes out the side.
Brush a little medium onto the back of the edges then fold over to the back side of the wood and smooth out. Fold the corners in and over the edges.
Let the piece dry thoroughly.
Now you are ready to add your letter. Measure your letter and subtract it from the overall width of the wood. Divide that width in half and that should be your border. Put a ruler on the side laying it the width of the border. Place glue on the back of your letter and glue down to the front of your wallpaper using the ruler to line up the letter so it is even and straight and centered. Let the glue dry. Finish off your piece with a sawtooth hanger on the back for hanging.
I absolutely love how my letter art turned out! I used a P for Park, our last name. It was really quick to whip up and was so easy! I think I might have to make some more sometime with other wallpaper. You can find some amazing wallpapers on Etsy! I hope some of you will give this easy project a try sometime for your own favorite space. I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY’s. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! My poor guy was sick this weekend with some nasty allergies, but we did have a lovely dinner at my parents house last night and we caught up on all of season four of the Walking Dead. Overall it was a pretty good weekend! I can’t believe we are already well into April already this year. It’s flying by as usual! April always makes me think of spring showers, so this week I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage umbrella themed goodies. Here are my top faves:
Aren’t they so darling! I love love love novelty prints so I love all the prints, and that bottle topper is so adorable! Do you all 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 lovely vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I shot a wedding this weekend with my mother in Chapel Hill and it was just beautiful! Easter Sunday is this coming weekend. So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Easter finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage world. There were so many adorable things, I had a hard time narrowing them down. You can see more in my etsy favorites. Here are my absolute faves this week:
Aren’t they so cute! I love this time of year with all the bunnies and little chicks! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, especially the tin basket! I hope you all enjoy browsing these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…
I have been having such a blast with my vintage craft series so far this year! So, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter craft and share it with you guys this week. My mom and I got together the other day and made these adorable painted easter eggs from a vintage April 1955 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. We loved the eggs as cupcake toppers, but I think our favorite was the fish! We thought we’d give both a try…
Here’s The Original How to:
In the original, they used real eggs that they broke and dyed then painted with watercolors. We did not have dye or watercolors around so we used acrylic craft paint. We also are not that good with delicate things, so I purchased some of those plastic white dyeable eggs from Walmart and cut them with a hot knife. We cut the eggs in a wavy pattern below the middle and then painted those pieces as tails for the fish. Then we painted whole eggs for the fish bodies, and also for a couple of toppers or place tags. Once the fish dried we simply glued the tails on with some hot glue. I did not have any golf tees, so I glued my name tag eggs to wooden disks or straws and embellished them with sparkly twine.
I think they turned out super cute. Of course the best part was crafting with my mom! That’s always fun! I’m not great at painting, but I can just imagine what some of you artists could do with these! I think they would be a fun craft for the kids to try their hands at too, sans the glueing part. I hope you all will give this DIY a try sometime! I had a blast with it and I’m sure you all would love it too! I’ll be back next week with another DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl’s grandmother and one of his cousins celebrated their birthdays this past Sunday with a big party. It was so nice seeing everyone! We had lots of laughs, and lots of cake! I also got the first chance to wear my new spring straw hat to brunch. Spring is here, and Easter is on the way. So, I thought I’d start the spring out with a treasury full of vintage bunnies! There were so many cute bunnies in Etsy’s awesome vintage shops this week, I will be adding a few more to an Easter vintage post next week. Here are my absolute favorite bunnies this week:
Aren’t they all so dang adorable! I actually have a copy of the bunny book at home and it is one of my favorites. The illustrations are so cute! I can’t really pick a favorite as usual, but I think it would probably come down to a tie between the planters or the stuffed bunny. I am a sucker for Steiff! How about you guys? Anything you dig this week? I hope you all have a blast checking out these fantastic shops! I will be back next week with some vintage easter finds. 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, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.