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Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kid’s Room

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06 DSC 0086 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomHey guys! Today I am going to share an easy decorating diy with you all. I have a serious love for vintage tin toys! I usually don’t indulge myself since I am drowning in all my other vintage collections. However, a while back I was getting some vintage minis from HeyYoyo.com, and saw these mini tin vintage cars from Japan. I couldn’t resist. They have since sat in my closet for months. A few weeks ago I picked up some shadowbox frames from the craft store on sale, and I thought my little cars would be so cute framed. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage tin Cars or vintage toys (I bought mine Here and Here)

*Shadowbox frame

*Matteboard or Thick Acid Free Paper( I used watercolor paper since I like the texture)

*E6000

*Ruler

Instructions:

09 photo 1 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomThe first thing you need to do is cut your backing or paper to fit your frame. My frame was 8×8″ so I cut my paper to be 8×8. Lay out your cars to test fit. Once you have them like you like them, measure out to the side and the top. I decided they would fit best to be 2.25″ from the top and side.

10 photo 2 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomTake a scrap of paper and lay it to your top mark which in my case is 2.25″ from the top, then lay your ruler 2.25″ from the side to form a right angle in which to line up your first car. Place a generous amount of your E6000 on your first car then press it onto the paper lining it up with the ruler and paper to fit inside that corner you made.

11 photo 3 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomNow repeat with the other side of the paper forming the right corner, then glue the car down into that corner. Glue the middle car inside so that it lines up with the top guide and is centered in between the other two cars.

12 photo 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomRepeat the steps you did with the first row of cars to make the second. This time measuring and laying your ruler and paper as a guide 2.25″ up from the bottom and sides of the paper backing. Let your glue dry overnight, then insert your paper into your shadow box frame and close up the back.

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02 DSC 0096 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomDon’t you just love it! This was so simple to put together and it took hardly any time at all. This is a really universal idea, and you could use the same idea to display other collections such as bottle caps, kewpie dolls, or cowboy badges. I think this would be fantastic in a kid’s room! I don’t have any little ones yet, so this one will be going in my hubby’s office. I hope you guys will give this easy diy a try with one of your favorite mini collections! I’ll be back next week with another fun craft! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 1st

Happy Monday everyone! We are enjoying the Labor Day long weekend! Today we will be grilling out and hanging out with family, so it is going to be a great day here! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the week! This weeks vintage finds are inspired by all the amazing hard working men and women who protect us, serve us, keep us healthy, inspire us, and make life easier for everyone! Check em’ out:

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pink typewriter royal typewriter vintage typewriter typewriter 1950s typewriters 1960s decor mid century royal de luxe royal deluxe from The Spectacled Newt

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I Want To Be a Farmer Vintage Illustrated Children’s Book Farm Decor Gift for Farmer — Carla Greene Childrens Press from Happy Fortune Vintage

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Vintage Artist Case Paint carrying box with Used wood palette board Art supplies from Salvage Relics

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Vintage Pyrex 500ml Mad Scientist Beaker from Another Blessed Day

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Vintage Directors Chair Bar Height Nautical Blue White Stripes Beach Folding Chair Seat Made in America from The Velvet Branch

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Vintage 60s designer G S Harvale Co Tie Polyester Necktie mens industrial farmers tie cow chicken duck sheep Mad Men Unique gift from Chick Antique

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1950s apron chefs apron barbeque apron and hat chef hat novelty oops funny gag mens apron from Vintage Runway

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Vintage Denim Coveralls … 1970s Workwear …Dark Blue Denim from Bottle Blonde Vintage

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Vintage ~ Late 1940′s Early 1950′s ~ Nurses Uniform ~ With Cape from B’s Attic

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Original Vintage Us Navy Uniform Shirt – USA WWII from Retroe Design

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German army flight pilot suit coverall combi military airforce air force Bundeswehr luftwaffe fighter from Chevalde Guerre

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Bill Monogramed Work Shirt / Sz Med from Revival Vintage ATX

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all! There is something really cool about vintage uniforms. One of my most treasured vintage items I own is my grand father’s hurricane hunter’s flight jacket from when he was a pilot in the Air Force! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with another vintage collection. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 25th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I helped my mom shoot a wedding on Saturday, and it was so lovely! My sister is back up in Asheville at school and I miss her already, but I know she is having a great time and enjoying getting back into the swing of her classes. Most schools are back in session for the school year. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite back to school vintage finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops! Check em’ out:

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the wheels on the bus – Hubley school bus, vintage die cast toy from Faye Travis Vintage

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Vintage Boxed Set Addition Flash Cards – Built Rite 1950′s from Bouquet

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1950′s Vintage Locker Baskets Refurbished in Summer Brights from Rehab Vintage LA

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XL HUGE 1950s Vintage Original Roller School Revolving Blackboard Chalk 2.3M Tall By Wilson & Garden Ltd – Kitchen Memo Board Pub Menu from Magpie’s Vintage Shop

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1950s Thermos Brand Barn Lunch Box with Thermos from Livin’ Mom’s Dream

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Vintage 1950s Children’s Science Book – Research Ideas for Young Scientists from Sweet Shop Vintage

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Vintage Ideal School Supply Abacus,1950s Ideal School Supply Toy, Vintage Classroom Industrial Decor, Mid Century from Red Hill Home

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red varsity school sweater. 1950′s wool cardigan / concert band. unisex. large / XL from Cricket Capers

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SALE RESERVED / vintage 50s plaid jumper dress / 1950s plaid school girl dress / fall plaid sheath dress / drop waist from Arche Type Vintage

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Saddle Shoes Vintage 1960s Brown Leather Oxfords Women’s size from Pure Vintage Clothing

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74/ Vintage Old 1950s School Teacher Leather Bag Luggage / School Teacher SuitCase from The Penduline

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Vintage 1950s Vinyl Pencil case with vintage pencil from Retro Warehouse

Aren’t they all just awesome! I love them all! Sometimes I miss being in school! Back to school shopping is always so much fun! I hope you all enjoy checking out these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- August 2014

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again where I share my obsession with Pinterest with you all! As far as social media goes, Pinterest is my black hole. I get lost in it all the time! This past month I have been busy with life, so I haven’t been pinning a lot. I did add a couple of new boards. I added to some old and newer favorite boards too! Here are just some of my favorites from this past month:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board Printables:

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From my board Wonderful Wallpaper:

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From my board Cath Kidston Favorites:

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From my new board Green Gate Lovelies:

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From my new board Sweet Smoothies:

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421 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  August 2014Aren’t they awesome! I have recently found Green Gate, and I am head over heels in love with it! Wish they carried the line in the US! I always have a great time sifting through the animals section too! So much cuteness! What have you all been pinning this month? I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book Buntings

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diy cloth book kids bunting DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsRecently I came across a couple of lots of adorable vintage cloth baby books. They were well loved and a few of them had crayon marks in them, but I knew they would be perfect to upcycle! I have wanted to make a bunting for my screen porch for a while now, and when I saw these books I knew they were just what I was looking for! Buntings are really easy to make and they are a great way to add a little fun to your decor!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Cloth Books

*Paper (Cardstock or chipboard works nicely) and Pencil

*Ruler

*Scissors

*Bias Tape (I bought mine Here)

Instructions:

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22 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsThe first thing you need to do is measure and make your template. Measure the width and height of the book. Draw the width and height of the book pages onto your paper or cardstock. You should have a rectangular shape to match your page. Then, mark the center point on the width at the top and bottom. Measure up from the bottom about a third of the way up on each side of the length. Draw a line across. Mark the center on that line. Then draw a line from the center of the third line to the bottom right corner and then from the center to the bottom left corner. You should now have your flag bunting shape. Cut out the cardstock. This is now your template to cut your flags.

32 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsNow, use the template you just made and trace the flag onto one side of each page in the book. Cut out your flag pieces.

42 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsLay out your pieces and decide how you want to assemble the bunting. Stack the flags in order.

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72 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsNow you are ready to sew your bunting. Sandwich the first bunting flag about 5 or 6″ in from the end of your bias tape. If you are new to sewing, you may want to sandwich and pin all your flags to your bias tape before you sew. I sandwich and sew as I go, but that’s the fast and lazy way, not necessarily the proper way. Edge stitch about 1/8″ in down your bias tape. Sew a little in between flags. I will sandwich a flag, and then when I get close to the end of that flag, sandwich the next flag in leaving a little gap between the two, then continue stitching. Sandwich and stitch down all the flags in your bunting. When you are done stitching your bunting closed, clip the excess threads.

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diy book buntings DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsI absolutely LOVE my new buntings! They are going to look so fantastic on my porch! I may keep the kitty book for my craft room though as that one is my favorite and I spend the most time in there, so I’d get to see it everyday. You can use this simple process to make your own bunting out of any kind of material you fancy. If you have some old cloth books, upcycle them. Or, give it a try with your favorite fabrics. You’ll love it! You can make several of them in under an hour, and they are simple and fun to sew. They really add a lot of charm and fun to a space too! Definitely one of my favorite things to make! I’ll be back next week with another retro DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 18th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We took Beau to the flea market in Raleigh, and had a wonderful time! Even though the weather is still hot here, I am starting to see fall items creeping in around the shops. Before you know it, pumpkin spice everything will be everywhere. Summer is on its last stretch for this year, but before I turn around and it’s gone, I wanted to share some of my favorite vintage summer florals with you all! Vintage florals make my world go round’! Maybe a bit dramatic, but you get the point. I really love them! Here are just a few of my favorite vintage summery florals from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:

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Vintage 1950s Dress : 50s Peak Bloom Floral Day Dress from Raleigh Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Needlepoint Wooden Pill Box Handbag from Vintage Arm Candy

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50% OFF Vintage 1950s Rose Bud Floral Motif Tank Top / 50s Pink Summer Shirt / small from Nosilla Vintage

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Vintage Kitchen Cannister Set White Red Yellow Blue Green Flowers from RetroGroovie

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RARE Vintage German Teacup and Saucer Trio Set- Ornate Yellow and Blue Floral- Romantic- Summer from Circe Collectables 

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Vintage Tablecloth,Retro Tablcloth, 1950′s Tablecloth,Mid Century,Roses,Floral,Red Pink Blue,Glamping,Glamper,Cabin from Vintage Coco By The Lake

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1950s Floral Drinking Glasses Vintage glasses in basket Libbey Glassware barware red Yellow Mid century cottage summer entertaining from Lemon Rose Studio

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Vintage Handkerchief Hankie Floral Roses Daisies Coral Blue Green Set of Two from Cinful Oldies

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Vintage Cake Pie Carrier / Yellow Floral from Urban Renewal Designs

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SALE vintage 50s floral linen shift dress / 1950s floral linen dress / sleeveless printed shift dress / summer shift dress from Archetype Vintage

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Vintage Twin sheet set in bold pastels from Very Lovely Life

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Vintage Coro Daisy Rhinestone Necklace, Pink Floral Necklace, Daisy Flower Choker, Gold Tone Metal from Dewy Morning Vintage

Aren’t they all just amazing! I am head over heels for the vintage tablecloth and little purse, and the glasses! I really can’t pick a favorite this week as I adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next monday with some more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 11th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We got lot’s of good puppy time in this weekend, it was lovely! I picked up a new set of Pyrex the other day, and it just got me thinking of how much I adore pyrex designs! I love the prints, the colors, the feel of it all! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Pyrex items from the wonderful world of Etsy vintage with you all. There are so many awesome pyrex dishes, I had a hard time narrowing down my faves this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Pyrex ‘Dots’ #401, #402, #403 and #404 nesting bowl set (c. 1968-72) from That Retro Piece

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Vintage Pyrex Cinderella bowl Daisy from Hallingtons

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Vintage Pyrex Butterprint 402 Mixing Bowl – Turquoise Amish Pattern on White Milk Glass – 1 1/2 qt – Teal Aqua Colour from Eight Mile Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex oven and table set – bake serve store – yellow – set no 430 – ramekins – casserole dish – set of 5 – NOS – original box from Old Cottonwood

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Vintage Pyrex Casserole Blue Horizon with Lid and Warmer ~ Vintage Turquoise Pyrex from The Mixing Bowl Online

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Beautiful and Rare Mid Century Modern Design Large 10″ Green Dot Pyrex Mixing Bowl from Midge and Manny’s

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Vintage Pyrex Pink Daisy Space Saver Casserole / #575B / 2 Quart / Pink, White Daisies from Gumdrop Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex Snowflake Garland Bowls & Fridgie 401, 402, 501 from My Deer Owl

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Pyrex Dandelion Promotional Divided Casserole Dish from Playfully Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex 502 Woodland Brown With Lid Refrigerator Dish 502 Brown Pyrex Refrigerator 1.5 PT Pyrex Brown 502 Pyrex Woodland Brown from Hip Cat Retro Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex – Two Small Bowls – Early American fom Simply Suzula

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Vintage Pyrex Tea/Coffee Tea Light Warming Set Grass Accent Art from Mod Makes It

Aren’t they all just amazing! I wish I could afford all of them, they would all be mine! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more summer vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 4th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great start to August! I cannot believe fall is just around the corner! Thank goodness we still have quite a few weeks of summer weather left around here! I have been seeing a few mid-century modern summery finds on Etsy lately and it has inspired me to do a mid mod summer love favorite finds with you all this week. There are so many awesome mid-century modern finds in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! I had a hard time narrowing it down. Here are some of my absolute favorite vintage mid-century modern summer finds for the home:

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Vintage Brass Sailboat Wall Hanging Decor – Boat – Ship – Nautical – Sailing – Mid Century – Bookshelf Display – Modern – Hollywood Regency from Delightfully Dutch

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LaGardo Tackett green striped bowls – Schmid Porcelain – Mid-Century bowls from Fire Lake

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Vintage Wood Pineapple Bowl Set Tray Dish – Hawaii – Nautical Tropical Beach House – Retro – California Style Office Desk Jewelry Trinket from Delightfully Dutch

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20% off summer cij sale Vintage 60s Gold Flamingo on Bright Green Ceramic Lamp Bases Only – Set of Two Needs Wiring – midcentury modern from Blue Butterfly Vintage

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20% off summer cij sale Vintage Salty and Peppy Wooden Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers – 1960s, farm animal, midcentury modern from Blue Butterfly Vintage

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Vintage Hollywood Regency Brass Pineapple Candlesticks – Graduated Brass Candle Holders from Wise Apple

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Mid Century Modern Pink and Black Ombre Spaghetti Squiggle Cocktail Set by Anchor Hocking from Wise Apple

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Eskimo Sea Foam Green Gyrating Fan from Yootilete

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Mid Century Modern Ceramic Art Pottery Splatter Vase in White and Emerald from Wise Apple

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Large Vintage Plant Stand – Round Mid Century Wire Plant Stand – Atomic Modern Design from Charlie’s Nest

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SUMMER SALE Mid Modern Industrial Salvage Couch and Chair from Junk Drawer Divas

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Vintage 1960s Handmade BBQ GRILL: Mid Century Modern Outdoor Patio Barbeque Barbecue – Stanley Hawk Style Summer Cookout from Deja Vu

Aren’t they all so cool! I, of course love them all! That fantastic plant stand would look amazing on my porch! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

 

 

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth Apron

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vintage tablecloth crafts DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth ApronAs some of you all know by now, vintage tablecloths are one of my absolute favorite things to upcycle! I am head over heels in love with the prints from the beautiful florals to the fun novelty prints. There is just nothing like the hand of a vintage tablecloth whether it be a sweet drapey linen or a wonderfully thick cotton. I use cutter tablecloths to make all kinds of items for the blog and the shop, so I have quite a few scraps lying around. I’ve been wanting to find a way to use some of my favorite scraps. I love wearing my vintage aprons for shows, but needed one with more pockets, so I thought I’d make my own with some upcycled tablecloth pockets.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps- Four pieces cut at 10″ wide x 11″ tall

*Cotton Fabric for Main Apron- 42″ Wide x 14″ Tall

*1 Package of Double Fold Bias Tape

*42″ or so of Ric Rack Trim

*3/8 yard of coordinating fabric for band and ties- Cut 2 pieces at 3″x22″ and one piece at 3″x25″

*Scissors

*Coordinating Thread

*Straight Pins

*Iron

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric pieces. I gave measurements for mine in the material list above. I am a size 18. What you basically want to do is measure the front of your waist plus a couple of inches. The width of your apron will be 1.5-2 times the width of that measurement for you are going to gather the fabric at the waist. To figure out the pocket size, divide the width of the apron by four(the number of pockets.) Add 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance.  Cut the waist band at 3″ by the width of your apron plus 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side. And also cut two pieces for your ties at 3″x22″.

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Next, take your four pockets and sew the first pocket to the second with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then stitch the second to the third and the third to the fourth, so you have one long strip. Iron open the seam allowances.

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Now, fold over the top of each pocket by 1/4″ to the back side and press. Then fold over again by 1/2″ or so and press. Stitch down close to the open end. Now the top edge of your pockets should have a nice finish. Sew the ric rack trim to the top inside edge of the pocket.

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Next, lay the long pocket piece over the top of the main apron fabric piece which should also be face up. Line up the bottom of the pockets and sides to the bottom of the apron fabric and sides. Pin in place. Stitch the pocket down to the main fabric around the edges but leaving the top of the pocket open with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Now you need to add your bias tape. Sandwich the apron fabric edges between the fold of your bias tape. Pin in place. When you get to the corners, fold and mitre the corners with your fingers then pin in place. Stitch the bias tape all the way around the apron except for the top, stitching close to the open edge of the tape. You should now have an apron piece with pockets at the bottom and bias tape concealing the raw edges on both sides and the bottom. The top edge of your apron should be raw edges.

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Next you can go ahead and make your ties. Fold the tie pieces over in half with right sides facing. Clip one end of the halved tie at an angle. Stitch the folded tie closed with a half inch seam allowance starting at the square end leaving that end open, and ending at the tip of the angled edge. Push the tie right side out and press it flat. Repeat with the other tie. Set aside.

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Now you are ready to baste and gather your apron. Adjust your stitch length to a basting stitch. Stich a basting stitch at about an 1/8 inch away from the edge of your raw edge, then another basting stitch right below that one a little less than a half inch away from the top.

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Now, line up the edge of your apron about a half inch in from each side of the waist band and pin. To gather the fabric, pull the top and bottom basting threads gently making sure you pull only the basting strings on one side of your fabric. Distribute your gathers along the width of the fabric. Pull the basting strings from each side and adjust the gathers until your gathered apron fabric fits into the width of the waist band where pinned. Loop the basting threads around the end pins in figure eight motions. Then pin the rest of the gathered apron to the waist band. Make sure your waist band and apron fabric are right sides together. Stitch the apron to the waist band with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip all excess threads.

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Now you are ready to make the waist band. Fold over the top edge of the waist band to the back side by about a half inch and press down. Also press the sides of the waist band in by 1/2″ and press. Pin in place. Stitch the waist band down close to the bottom leaving the sides open.

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To finish off your apron, you need to add your ties. Insert your ties on each side opening of your waist band. Pin in place. Stitch the sides closed. Clip excess threads. Now it is ready to wear!

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retro apron DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth ApronI absolutely LOVE my apron! I am a larger gal and this one is made perfectly for my size! It is so much fun to wear and I can’t wait to use it at my next show or market! Upcycling vintage linens is seriously my favorite thing to do! I love to use my vintage scraps, but you can change it up and use any fabric you have on hand. You can play around with the proportions as well to fit your body. I think this would make a great gift for the holidays as well! Everyone loves aprons, right! So next time you find you need a new apron, give this one a try. It’s fast and simple! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 28th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The weather was a little rainy this weekend for us, but for some reason it had me thinking of outdoor fun. When I was little, my cousins and I would play outside all summer. I thought today I would share some of my favorite vintage summer finds for outdoor fun with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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Retro Wooden BackYard Croquet Equipment Ensemble – Vintage OutDoor Sports 16 Piece Set – Repurpose Gameroom Decor from Devine Orders

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Vintage Paddle Ball Paddles, Franklin Paddle Ball Paddle, Sportcraft Paddle Ball Paddle from Paper Wood Vintage

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Vintage MV Flyer Junior Roller Skates from Jets Desiderium

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Outdoor Fun Games Everyone Can Play Vintage Childrens Book Illustrated Einson Freeman Co 1935 from Vickie’s Vintage Books

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Woven Metal Basket 1950s Hand Painted Vintage Sweetheart Basket from Coconut Road

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Vintage, hand painted, mid century BBQ set – 6 piece barbecue set with stand from Second Sparrow Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Metal 7up Cooler from Eagle Wing Vintage

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SALE FREE SHIP vintage slat wood folding chairs pair / yellow outdoor furniture from 86 Home

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Vintage Outdoor Entertaining Booklet, 1960′s How To Entertain Pamphlets, Summer Barbecue Recipes from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Grab this sleek set of 8 vintage butterscotch bakelite corn cob holders in time for prime barbeque season from Two Swans Swimming

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1950s Freezheat Vacuum Thermos Flask Atomic Blue Black Picnic Party BBQ Hot Cold Drinks Retro Geometric Pattern from Time’s Turned Back

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Vintage Plate Mates Paper Plate Holders/Fun Scan Colors/Kiddo Dinnerware/Camping Outdoor Picnic/Mid Mod Dining/Retro Party Plastic from Euro Fair

Aren’t they all wonderful! I just love the fish paper plate holders! The outdoor entertaining book is too fun as well! Heck I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage stores as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!