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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A New Life for Old Crown Jars

A recent kitchen renovation has unearthed lots of items I had almost forgotten about. For example, these old crown jars. Some pretty aqua blue ones and some plain glass.

I remember my mother actually canning with these but I certainly am not about to do that!  But how about making some decorative lid covers to dress them up? Fabric circles were the obvious solution but not too interesting. My collection of vintage doilies would make lovely toppers but most of them were the wrong size and for those that did fit, how to tie them on? The solution? Of course! Make my own doilies designed so that a ribbon could be threaded through to gather them securely to the zinc lids.
And I knew just what to use! Tucked away in the guest bedroom closet I had a couple boxes of crochet cotton that were purchased for pennies at an auction many years ago. 

It was a bit of trial and error but I think the result was worth it. 

 Now, instead of gathering dust, these jars have an endless array of possibilities open to them.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Up-cycled Pin cushions

Little depression glass and antique pressed glass containers made the perfect base for these charming pin cushions. The green oval dishes are actually individual nut dishes or salt dips in the English Hobnail pattern which was produced from the 1920's to the 1940's while the round container is an even older piece of pressed glass from the late 1800's. Fabric from vintage sheets was stuffed with some cotton batting and hot-glued into place.

I now have to take a closer look through my china cabinets to see what else might provide the perfect bases for more pin cushions.....

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Laundry Hamper

I've discovered that my collection of vintage sheets can be used for much more than making quilts. Finding a stand with four TV trays at a thrift store led to what I think is the perfect eco-friendly item. Other than the thread, nothing new had to be purchased to make these up-cycled laundry hampers.

I loved this one which used the decorative top edge of the sheet for the top edge of the bag. A sheet with similar colours was used for the lining.

This bag has more of a masculine look to it with the large green, navy and purple plaid and polka dot interior.

Other combinations of sheets produced different looks.....

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pastel Baby Quilt

I had a request for a donation to a charity event but had only a couple days to get it done. No time to go shopping for material, and anyway I had a large collection of vintage sheets already at my fingertips. I found four that combined well together and set to work. It was a very simple quilt (after all, I wanted it to be completely finished when I donated it!) but I liked the result.

In fact, I liked the result so much that I decided to make another. Only this time I had no time constraints so, while I kept the same basic design, I added a light green sashing between the blocks.

I also added a bit more interest to the border by diagonally piecing together two of the prints and adding them to the quilt so that on the ends both of the corners were framed in a different print.

Another floral sheet which had the same blues and greens as in the front, but with the addition of a soft tan and coral, was used for the backing. The soft green binding, the same sheeting as that used for the front sashing, created the perfect finish for both the front and the back of the quilt.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Reclaimed Sheets

I have put together quite a collection of vintage sheets over the past couple months. Time now to put them to good use!

This delicate little blanket is designed with ties to attach to a stroller but would work equally well as a crib quilt. The ties could be easily removed by unpicking the stitches that attach them to the quilt, but the ties provide a great solution to the problem of keeping baby covered while sleeping..... just tie them to the crib rails.

Another  more retro looking sheet produced a totally different quilt. Each block is bordered with a soft green sashing, all of which is surrounded with a border of pieced rectangles. The back is a delicate print sheet providing a romantic shabby chic look to the reverse of the quilt.