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DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric Coasters

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diy fabric coasters scrappy DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersI have been on a bit of a patchwork kick lately. I love being able to take scraps that have been sitting around and find another purpose for them. I am such a vintage fabric lover, and I hate to waste any of my vintage fabrics, so I always keep my vintage scraps. I felt like doing a bit of patchwork the other day, so I thought I would make some patchy fabric coasters with some of my favorite vintage feedsack and sheet scraps. Fabric coasters are really easy and fast to whip up! They are a great weeknight sewing project!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Fusible Fleece

*Rotary Cutter and Ruler

*Self Healing Matt

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Iron

Instructions:

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210 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersThe first thing you need to do is cut your squares. Cut eight 2.5″ squares for each coaster. I used two coordinating fabrics for my coasters, so I had four of both of my fabrics for each coaster. Also cut a 4×4″ square of your fusible fleece for each coaster.

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41 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersLay out your fabric squares. Stitch the top two squares with right sides together at the side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do the same for the bottom two squares. Press open seams.

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71 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersNow stitch the top sewn pieces and the bottom sewn pieces right sides together. Make sure the bottom of the top squares matches up with the top of the bottom squares. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open seam. You should now have a piece that is four patchwork squares sewn together with two on top and two on the bottom.

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101 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersRepeat for the back side of the coaster. Once you have two pieces for the front and back of your coaster, lay them right sides together. Stitch all the way around the coaster with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a space open for turning.

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121 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersClip your corners off close to the stitching. Take your fusible fleece square and line it up inside the stitching line of the coaster. Iron the fleece onto the fabric.

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161 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersTurn the coaster right side out. Push the corners out with a stick or your scissors. Iron the coaster flat tucking in the seam allowance where the opening is in towards the inside. Top stitch all the way around the coaster. Clip excess threads. Repeat with as many coasters as you’d like to make…

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feed sack patchwork coasters DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersI have made fabric coasters for gifts for family and friends before, but have never made patchwork ones. I have to say, I love them! I may just have to make a bunch more! These coasters are a fast and easy project, and they make fantastic gifts! I love to use vintage fabrics, but of course you can use any kind of fabric that suits your fancy! You can easily change-up the look or style. Make them all the same, or make a bunch of them in your favorite prints. Smaller prints work best. Give them a go some time, you’ll love them I bet! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 21st

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We’ve had some really beautiful days here in the past week with a cold front moving through. This summer has been so hot here in NC, it makes me wish we had a pool in our neighborhood. I practically lived in the pool when I was little. Every summer I got to pick out a couple new swimsuits. It was one of my favorite things about summertime. So, this week I thought I’d share some drool worthy vintage swim suits with you all inspired by summer days by the water. There were so many amazing suits in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops, I had to create a special pin board dedicated just for vintage swimwear. Here are just a few of my absolute favorites:

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1950s Kittiwake Cotton Bathing Suit from Noble Savage Vintage

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50s // Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini // Pin Up Swimsuit with Cover Up 60s from Vintage Love by Gigi

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vintage 1950s swimsuit | 50s bathing suit | 1950s bombshell bathing suit | Harbor Views Swimsuit from Adored Vintage

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Vintage 1950s 1960s Blue White Pink Green Plaid Bikini Top and Shorts. Swimsuit. Bathing Suit. Beach from Sweet Pickin’s Shop

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SALE 50s 60s swimsuit . vintage polka dot bathing suit from Blue Fennel

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Vintage Bikini / 60s Blue Bikini / 1960s Swimsuit from Coldfish

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Vintage Swimsuit / 1960s Swimsuit / One Piece Swimsuit from Coldfish

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1950s Blue Rouched Minster Swimwear Swim Suit from Up Staged Vintage

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Kaleidoscope Swimsuit / Vintage 1960s Bathing Suit / 60s Swimsuit from Paper Luna Vintage

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Vintage 1960s bikini swimsuit, green high waist shorts, white polka dot cotton bathing suit swim dress skirt from Roselein Rarities

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Vintage 60s Bikini // 1960s Bathing Suit in Psychadelic Floral Print // 1960s Bikini Size 7/8 13/14 Medium Large from Finds All Kinds

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vintage 1950s swimsuit // 50s blue striped swimsuit from Trunk of Dresses

Aren’t they all amazing! In a perfect world I would have them all and the body to go with them! To see even more of my favorite vintage swimwear, check out my pin board Bathing Beauties on Pinterest Here. Also be sure to check out all these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! They are filled with all kinds of wonderful style finds! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 14th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! We took Beau on a day trip to the beach and had a blast! One of my favorite things about summer is that all my favorite stores put out all their summer melamine collections. I have loved plastics since I was little, vintage plastics being my favorite of course! So, this week I thought I would share a little collection of vintage melamine finds with you all from some of Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. There are so many awesome vintage plastic finds on Etsy, it was so hard to narrow down my favorites this week! Here are the ones I absolutely adore:

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Pastel Melamine Plates and Cups from Charlie’s Nest

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Melamine Thermos from Nest Party

 

 

 

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Vintage Salt and Pepper Shaker Serving Dishes Collectible Melamine from Vintage and Victorian

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Noritake Melamine Mother Duck and her Three Ducklings Childrens Cup from My Vintage Childhood XO

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Jewelry makeup box with telescope mirror pedestal footed melamine Japan from Chance Vintage

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1950′s Melmac-Style Retro Speckled Melamine Dishes from Bridgete’s Collection

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Two Large Michel Delacroix Paris France French City Scenes Vintage Melamine Trays 12 x 9 1/2 inch from The Glass Underground

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Ingrid of Chicago Red Melamine Plastic Wine Cooler Tote from Elsa Bronte

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Turquoise Flowered Melamine Saucers – 6 inches – Set of Five from Bunny’s Luck

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Vintage Fondue Forks / Melamine Handle Fondue Forks / 1960s Flower Child Fondue Forks in Original Box from Alegria Collection

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Shabby chic kitchen canister set (4) handpainted floral hard plastic melamine Japanese 1980s from The Best Nest Co.

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Aren’t they all just fabulous! I want them all of course! I have a set of Melmac melamine, and I love the way the tea cups feel in my hands. I also really love the speckled melamine. My hubby can’t stand plastic dishes, so I don’t get to let my collection grow too much. For now, I will just be swooning over them on Etsy. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 7th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Summer is now in full swing and it has me thinking about the beach, an incidentally, old beach movies. One of my all time favorite beach movie’s is Gidget with Sandra Dee. My mom rented the original of the Gidget movies for me when I was little, and that started my love affair with classic beach movies. So, I thought this week I’d curate a collection of vintage finds inspired by the original Gidget movie. Check em’ out:

Here’s a little clip from the original Gidget movie:

And here are my vintage finds inspired by the movie:

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Ivory Pearl Oval Cat Eye Sunglasses / 1950s Cateye Glasses / Green Lenses from Sunny Spex

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1950s vintage dress – 50s yellow sequined party dress: Last Sunset dress from Bright Eyed Clothing Co.

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Pair of Vintage Sterling Surfing / Silver Surfer Rhodium Plated Dangle Earrings c.1950′s Surfboard / California Surf Jewelry from Mid Mod Dave

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Vintage Diver’s Mask from Beach Lane Vintage

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1950s Candy Stripe Swimsuit / Bathing Suit – Size XS / S Petite – by Tweka fom Interbellum

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Vintage 1950s 60s White Bathing Swim Cap Made in Spain by Capella from Lush Vintage Clothing

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1960s Vintage Swimsuit – MOD 60s Navy Blue and White Maillot – The Hourglass from Sweet Bee Finds

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1960s Mexican shirt / vintage beach cover up / Mexican blanket jacket S-M from Milk Teeths

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Vintage Gold tone Beach Ball pierced Earrings from The Little Junk Sister

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Hawaiian Luau Cards c1940sand2014 from Old Material Girl

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Think Summer Lets Go Surfin Beach Boy Style Figure from Day Jah View

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Vintage paperback Book Gidget by Frederick Kohner 60s Beach Surfer book Collectible Memorabilia Movie Tie-In  from Bone Structure

Aren’t they just fantastic! I am head over heels in love with vintage swimsuits! All of them! Haven’t ever seen a mid-century suit I haven’t just adored! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy vintage shops as much as I did. And, if you haven’t ever seen Gidget, rent it this summer and let me know what you think. It’s awesome! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 30th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend for Independence Day! Do you guys have any fun fourth of July plans? We will definitely be grilling out and shooting off some fire works. I am excited! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite patriotic vintage finds with you all. There are so many amazing red, white, and blue vintage goodies in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Stars and Bars… from Big Brother Vintage

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4th of july American flag eagle vintage silk scarf / shawl sash belt head scarf with bald eagle and presidents’ signatures / Red white blue from Classic Rock Couture

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Vintage 1960′s The President’s White House Metal 10″ Clock Face Lyndon B. Johnson from Joe Blake

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vintage 4th of July Barware Set. Red White Blue Glasses Ice Bucket and Caddy from My Knick Knack Store

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patriotic dress – vintage 1930s dress / sailor dress uniform / 30s sundress from Pickled Vintage

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SALE Rare 1941 Philippe TRIFARI Enameled Rhinestone Patriotic Pair BIRD Figural Fur Dress Clips Pins from The Deal Huntress

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vintage 60s straw hat / 1960s veiled hat / red white and blue summer hat / velvet trim bow hat / Fourth of July hat from Arche Type Vintage

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5 1/2 – Groovy vintage 60′s red navy blue white geometrical patriotic mod go go leather vinyl shoes high heels from Wildsville

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sz s red white and blue patriotic swim suit vintage 1960s/ 70s one piece from Fearless Vintage

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Vintage 1960s Flower Swim Cap Red Blue White Playtex from Rebecca’s Vintage Salon

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SALE – Vintage Red, White, & Blue Enamel Flower Brooch Lot – 2 Retro 1960s Mod Patriotic Floral Costume Jewelry Pins from Maejean Vintage

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Mod 60′s Woven Basket Handbag Red White and Blue from De La Nouvelle Vague

Aren’t they all just fantastic! I am head over heels in love with that swim cap! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more cool vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Tote

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01 DSC 0029 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteMaking upcycled bags and totes is one of my absolute favorite things to do! I usually make bags with upcycled shabby tablecloths. Over the past year I have played around with patchwork projects from vintage scrap fabrics. I thought it would be fun to make a fun patchwork tote for summer! I have bunches of vintage fabric scraps from vintage feed sacks, old linens and sheets, and even old smocks and aprons. This project does take quite a bit of time due to making the patchwork, but it is totally worth it for the end result! And it is fun, fun, fun!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage scrap fabrics

*Self Healing Mat and Rotary Cutter

*Quilting Ruler

*Sewing Machine

*Coordinating Thread

*1/2 yard of lining fabric

*Scissors

*Grommets and Grommet Setter

*Leather or Pleather for strap

*Swivel Clasp

*Rivets

*Hammer

*Awl

*Pattern

Here’s The Pattern:(sorry it’s not so pretty)

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Instructions:

15 DSC 0002 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteThe first thing you need to do is make your patchwork fabric pieces for the front and back outside of your tote. Start by cutting 2″ fabric squares with your rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat. You will need approximately 85 squares.

12 DSC 0005 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow you need to sew your squares into horizontal oriented strips. Lay the right sides together and stitch down the side of two squares. Then stitch a third square to the second and so on. You will need two strip of eight squares, six strips of seven squares, and four strips of six squares.

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27 photo 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow you need to stitch your strips together. The bottom strip will be a seven square strip. Stager the eight square strip to the bottom strip and stitch lengthwise. Then stagger a seven square strip to the other side of the eight square strip and stitch. Then stitch another seven square strip and then the two six square strips, staggering each of them a little from the previous strip. This will be one side of your main fabric. Repeat for the back side. Once you have your two patchwork pieces sewn, you need to iron open the seam allowances.

23 photo 3 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNext, you need to cut out your pattern pieces. Cut two pieces of lining fabric, and cut two pieces from your patchwork fabric panels you made.

19 photo 4 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteLay the patchwork pieces right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Do the same with the lining fabric.

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8 photo 1 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteClip your curves on the lining and the main pieces.

22 photo 4 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow, turn your patchwork main piece right side out and slip it into the lining fabric so that the right sides of the main and lining fabric are touching. Stitch along the top opening leaving a few inches open for turning.

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7 photo 1 3 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteTurn the main and lining fabric right side out through the opening. Push the lining back into the main bag pieces. Iron the opening of the bag.

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21 photo 4 3 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteStitch along the top of the bag with a 1/8 inch top stitch all the way around, stitching closed the opening.

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28 photo 2 6 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNext you need to add your grommets. Lay the grommet onto the side seam of your bag about a half inch from the top. Mark the hole in the grommet onto the bag. Cut the hole out for the grommet. Place your grommet front and back onto the hole. Then hammer and set the grommet with the setting tools. Repeat with the other side.

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24 photo 3 4 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteNow you need to make your strap. Cut a piece of leather to be the length you want by about 1.5″. Slide your swivel clasp onto the end. Overlap the end by at least a half an inch. Mark where you want your rivets. I used two small rivets. You could use any different size you like. Punch holes in the leather with your awl where you marked. Insert and assemble your rivets and hammer them closed. To finish off your bag clip your strap to your bag where your grommets are.

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05 DSC 0017 2 DIY Sweet Vintage Scrappy Patchwork ToteI have to say, this bag took me several hours to make from start to finish, but I am so in love with it! I think the thing I love so much about patchwork is that you can incorporate all kinds of your favorite scrap fabrics! I am a total fabric nerd, and just adore the beautiful and fun prints in vintage fabrics! They are the best! This bag just makes me happy! Of course you can use any kinds of fabric scraps you have on hand. Or upcycle some of your old shirts instead of sending them to Goodwill. I hope you all have been inspired to make your own summer tote! You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another summer DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 23rd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! This week’s finds are inspired by retro happy hour. We recently fixed up a mid century side board that has a little bar space. I thought it would be fun to curate a little collection of vintage bar ware to share with you all. There are so many really cool vintage bar ware items on Etsy! It was hard to narrow down the collection this week. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Vintage 1950s Atomic Shot Glasses Holder and Set of 6 Striped Shot Glasses from Jumble Sailor

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Vintage ice bucket, red and white ice bucket, Vintage Italian ice bucket with lid, 1980s Biesse ice bucket from Brava Vintage

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Mid Century Drinks by Numbers Vintage 1950s Glass Barware Cocktail Set Ice Bucket Pitcher Highball Glass from Vintage Creekside

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Snack time. FAB midcentury vtg cocktail napkin set of 8, collectible textile. Very good vintage condition from Fuzz and Fu

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Wood cutting board, bar board folk art Nevco Cocktails vintage folk art retro from Quarry Designs Too

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Vintage Collection of Cocktail Stirrers Black and Blue. 1960s from Kinsale Girl

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Vintage Barware – Vintage Corkscrew – Vintage Bottle Opener – Bar Set – Man and Woman Bar – Bar Set – Vintage Bar Set – Man with Top Hat from Sweet Petunia Vintage

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Drunken Bird Frosted Retro Vintage Highball Glasses from Provoquerla Curiosite

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Vintage Bar Seltzer Sparkling Water Bottle Pop Beverage Co. JF Giering Bottling Silver Knight from Industrial Artifact

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Vintage Cocktail Shaker – Recipes – Metal Pour Spout – Graphics from Bee Jay Kay

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Vintage Japanese Decanter / Bar / Man Cave / Restaurant Decor / Decor / Hand Painted / Liquor / Vintage Bar / Bartender / Bar Decor from Perfect Home Antiques

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Pink Elephants |1950s Cocktail Recipe | Book and Shaker | Blue Stainless Steel from Collectique

I love them all! Vintage bar ware is so awesome! I love the prints on the glass ware and the napkins! I hope you all enjoy perusing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I will be back next week with some fun summer finds. Until then….

Happy Shopping!

Easy DIY Vintage Bark Cloth Covered Stool

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vintage ceramic deer Easy DIY Vintage Bark Cloth Covered StoolVintage bark cloth is one of my favorite types of vintage fabric, and as many of you know, vintage fabric is my favorite thing ever! I was so happy to have found this wonderful curtain piece at the antiques festival in Liberty last year! I have been hoarding it until I found something that was worth me cutting into it. I found a stool last year at Target that I have been using quite a lot in the house. Daryl sits on it and plays his guitar, I use it for my laptop when I am on the floor working sometimes, and the Roux has made it his favorite sitting spot. I love the functionality of the stool, but wasn’t loving the style of it. It was a little boring for my taste, so I decided it needed covering with a fabulous fabric, and lucky for me I had the perfect thing!

Here’s What You Need:

*Upholstered Stool or Ottoman

*Vintage Bark Cloth Remnant

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Scissors

*Nailer or Stapler

*1/4-3/8 size Staples

*Screwdriver

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your upholstered stool. Measure, mark, and cut a piece of bark cloth that is the length and width of your stool plus four to six inches to be able to wrap it around to the bottom. My stool was about 14″ square, so I cut my fabric to be at 18×18. It is always better to have a little excess fabric than not enough.

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The next thing you need to do is disassemble the upholstered top of your stool from the legs. You can usually remove the top with a screwdriver. Set aside your screws and your legs or base.

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Lay your fabric face down on a clean surface. Then lay your stool cushion top face down onto the center of the fabric. Take one edge of your fabric and staple it to the back side of your stool into the wood. Staple down the fabric a few inches away on either side of the first staple. Then pull the fabric on the opposite side taut and staple a few in the center and over towards the corners. Do the same thing with the other two sides, stapling in the center and over towards the sides, leaving the corners un-stapled.

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If you have a rounded stool, you can just pull and staple your fabric around the corners, gathering it nice and tight. If you have a square corner like I did, you can wrap it like a present. Smooth the fabric on the side facing you straight down. This will form a triangular shape out to the side. Take that triangular area and wrap it around to the flat side overlapping it. Then, pull the fabric to the back of the stool and staple down. Do this on all four corners. Now you should have totally covered the stool top.

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To finish off your stool, cut any excess fabric hanging loose off of the back side of the stool. Then screw the stool top back onto the base or legs.

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awesome vintage barkcloth Easy DIY Vintage Bark Cloth Covered StoolI loved my stool before, but now I am head over heels for it! I adore the print of the vintage bark cloth! It looks fantastic anywhere we put it in the house. This project is so incredibly easy! It took me maybe a total of twenty minutes from start to finish to cover this stool. I love my bark cloth of course, but you can use any kind of upholstery weight fabric for this project. So, if you have an old or boring upholstered stool, give it a new life with some great fabric! It’s easy as pie! I’ll be back next week with another fun diy project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Bottlecap Tray

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02 01 DSC 0043 DIY Vintage Bottlecap TrayOne of my favorite items to collect is vintage bottle caps! I love the different graphics on them! They are a lot of fun to craft with as well. I upcycled an Ikea tabletop a while ago and used vintage bottle caps on the top. I had so much fun with that project, and it has really been a conversation piece. I thought it would be fun to try a little tray for my dad for Father’s Day. This project is fun to make and is great to serve breakfast in bed, or display Dad’s favorite items on a coffee table.

Here’s What You Need:

*Wooden Tray

*Craft Paint

*Liquid Nails

*Bottle Caps

*Painter’s Tape

*Ready Made Grout

*Sponge and a small float if you have one

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is paint your tray.

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Now you can glue down your bottle caps. Squeeze generous size drops of liquid nails onto the bottom of your tray about an inch and a hair apart. Press your bottle caps onto the adhesive.

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Then do another row, and another until you have filled the whole tray. You can move the caps around a little if you need to straighten rows or space them out more.

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Let your bottle caps dry and cure for a day. Then you are ready to grout. First cover the areas you want to protect your paint with painter’s tape. When taping the inside edges, start the tape right about where the bottle caps height reaches.

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You can scoop up grout and spread it with a grout float, which is the preferred method, or you can use a sponge. I had to use a small sponge since my tray was too small for my grout float. Spread the grout over the entire bottom of the tray making sure to get it nice and packed down in the crevices between the bottle caps.

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Clean your sponge and wring it out. Wipe the surface of the grout with your sponge in soft strokes wiping off the grout from the top of the bottle caps. Once the bottle caps are clear and clean of grout.  It will take several times of cleaning the sponge and carefully wiping off the top layer of grout from the bottle caps before they are clear. You want smooth even strokes that will take off the grout from the bottle caps, but not dig into the grout on the sides of the caps. Remove the painters tape. Set aside your tray to dry.

Once your grout is dry, you can touch up any areas of paint that got grout on them.

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11 5 DSC 0018 DIY Vintage Bottlecap TrayI LOVE how this tray turned out! I think my dad is going to love it! I love it so much I might just have to make another one for me! You can use any kinds of bottle caps. I used vintage soda bottle caps since I love the colors and retro style. You could also use solid colored caps or beer bottle caps. This tray would be a perfect addition to a man cave! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try sometime! It’s a great way to upcycle bottle caps! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 9th

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As you all know, Father’s Day is this coming weekend! Do you have any special plans to celebrate with your pops? Knowing my dad it will probably be a movie day. The man is a serious cinema addict! I thought this week I would share some fun vintage finds for dads to enjoy! I know I usually share items geared more towards the ladies, but let me tell you, there are some amazing vintage items for men on Etsy! Here are just a few of my daddy themed faves for this week:

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Mens Vintage 1940s-50s Swing Style navy rayon necktie with hounds and ducks hunting scene print from The Vutique

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1950s Handyman’s Book by Better Homes and Garden – Vintage Instructional Book – Fix It Book from Vintage Avacado

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Working 1950s Ronson Glow Enamel Pocket Lighter Engraved “Dad” from Luminous Whatnots

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1950s Mens Glass Cabochon Ship Cuff Links from World Market Productio

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1950s mens green plaid shirt // boyfriend button up // large from Spano Vintage

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Vintage Flask Radio 60s dead stock Retro Bar Gift from Charmed Kitty

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Vintage 1950s-60s Parvin Creations Novelty Cowboy Apron “Come and Get It” from Gadzina’s Hamper

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1950s Johnny Guitar Bottle Opener Novelty Magnetic Wood & Metal Man with Chrome Guitar Shaped Bottle Opener marked Japan from Jack Jett Vintage

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2 Sheets 1950s Father’s Day Dad Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper Unused by Dennison from Pinky A Go Go

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Vintage Trout tie clip/clasp by Anson, 1950′s, men’s fishing jewelry from Spotted Dog 1

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Wen Grinder Sander With Case – 1950s Tool – Wen Products Tools – Garnet Paper – Vintage Tool – Works Great from Ankaas Attic

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Father in Hammock Midcentury Teacup & Saucer Circa 1950′s by Ridgway Pottery from Attic Bazaar

Aren’t they all awesome! I especially love the transistor radio flask! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies! Until then…

Happy Shopping!