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Fun Vintage Sewing Projects

Sometimes it can be a fun change to sew something vintage that isn’t an apron, a skirt, or a dress.  Often when I think vintage, my mind immediately goes to garments.  I begin browsing my patterns, books, and Pinterest for the perfect item.  But sometimes its fun to think outside of the box…or at least outside of the closet.  So I challenged myself to find three easy yet very vintage-y projects that would satisfy my retro need while still offering a nice change. Here is what I found! All links are listed below the image. These hangers are a perfect way to still focus on vintage garments, while letting you go absolutely wild with color!  I love how these hangers are finished with little puff balls and tassels!  These would be wonderful to give as Christmas gifts!!   Vintage Wrapped Hangers by Sugar Beans.org These burp clothes are sooooo sweet!!  Make them for a friend, a family member, or for your own little one! Just be sure you don’t mind them getting covered in formula! …

Four Fabulous Fall Crafts

Even though it is nearing the end of October, there is still plenty of time to create a few more fall themed crafts!  With Thanksgiving weeks away, spending a few happy hours creating something festive the perfect way to prepare and welcome this most joyous holiday.  So, with that in mind, I scoured the internet to find four fabulous ideas that are perfect to either bedeck the house with, or keep you warm while you watch those fall football games! So take a look and see if anything tickles your crafting fancy!  Then, simply click the link under each picture to be take to the post along with instructions! To start, I adored these no sew pumpkins.  Perfect to whip up in a hurry, and in a variety of colors and patterns, these can be done by adults and children alike! Project from Confessions of a Plate Addict Although I don’t personally crochet, these adorable little leaves make me wish I did!  Perfect for a wreath, a garland, or pinned to a jacket, these colorful little …

Vintage Magazine Cover Wall Collage

Last Saturday, I spent about three hours rearranging and organizing my sewing studio.  I was trying to create a better backdrop for future videos I wish to create.  However, as I was moving things around and trying to find the best spot, I was disappointed that I didn’t have a wall that I was proud enough of to show to all of you.  Enter my new challenge…create a wall that IS worthy to show all of you! So I decided to create a vintage magazine themed wall collage that I hope will add a little charm and appeal to my videos.  I decided to go with 1910’s Good Housekeeping and McCall’s covers as they had the most color and some of my favorite styles of art. Here are a few of the ones I chose! Then I went and found some rather inexpensive white frames in various sizes to  add some interest.  I printed the images out on photo paper and then placed them in the frames.  I traced the frames out on plain paper …

Five Recently Discovered Sewing Hacks

I tend to be a bit behind the times.  I think that is one reason why I enjoy the past so much.  🙂   So when it comes to sewing, I am truly a trial and error kind of sewer.  I encounter a problem, and then I sit and think about how to fix it.  I am a very “keep my eyes on my own paper” type of person.  However, I will often miss out on tricks of the trade that other experienced sewers have discovered which could help make my sewing easier and more efficient.  So, I spent a little time searching out some of these little tips and thought I would share my favorite five.  Many of you may already be very familiar with these ideas, but in case you are like me, you may have never found them on your own without a little bit of help! 🙂 Tip #1 – Use two or three pencils rubber banded together to add in your seam allowance when tracing or designing your own pattern. Photo credit: …

Creating a Summer Arrangement

During Memorial weekend I was inspired to create a new centerpiece for my kitchen table.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but I felt that I needed something sweet and colorful.  I visited my local Michael’s craft store and was delighted to find a great sale on silk flowers…so I picked up anything that I thought would look nice.  However, the one thing I couldn’t figure out was what vase to use.  Well, next door to our Michael’s was a Pier 1, and after some very fun browsing, I found two glasses that I thought could work.  A list of the some of the tools and supplies I used are listed below. So I took everything I purchased, including a bottle of clear gel for the bottom of the vase, and laid it all out! I debated what was the best vase (as I found some more around my house) to use for quite a while until I settled on the two clear tumblers I purchased at Pier I.  Since I wanted to use …

My Favorite 1860’s Sewing Patterns and Finished Projects

Today’s post has been a blast to put together!  I wanted to share some of my favorite sewing patterns, but I wasn’t sure which ones I wanted to share.  So as I was looking back at some of my sewing projects, I decided to do a true throwback and share my favorite 1860’s patterns.  Plus, with reenactment season almost in full swing, this could be the perfect time for all you re-enactors to whip up something new! If you have been following my blog since its beginning, you might have noticed that over the last year  I have expanded my sewing focus from mid 19th century to include more recent decades.  The reasons for this are numerous but the overarching one is passion.  I have learned, the hard way at times, to let my creativity go where it wants to.  If I restrict it to simply one area (decade, century…) I will get burnt out rather quickly and will end up with large droughts of uninspired nothingness.  This is why I choose to let my …

A Love for “What-Not” Shelves

I had never heard of the term “what-not” to explain a shelf until I was in my teen years shopping around an antique store.  The shelves that earned this name were usually made of wood and often were painted white.  A few had graduated shelving sizes while others were uniform and made to mount on a wall.  Similar to this style… While shelves from the 1880’s-1950’s varied in size, style, and location, their purpose never changed: to display one’s most treasured items! While the term “what-not” isn’t used as often, the technique is still very much alive, and with even more creative shelving styles!  I have collected several of my favorite examples of shelves featured in a variety of places in the home. Here we go! These open shelves in a kitchen, are perfect to display dishes and treasured pottery! Image from Adorn Inc. Suitcases are a great option for an office or above a small desk in a bedroom. Available for purchase from PB Teen. This display is ideal for those true Victorian lovers…look …

In the Craft Room: Book Storage

I have hopped on the Ikea bandwagon.  There, I said it and I feel much better about myself.  If you aren’t on this wagon, I suggest you jump on with both hands…or both feet….however that saying goes! 🙂 Now I am not some Ikea spokesperson, but I own exactly one item from Ikea and that has left me wanting more!  What is this one item?  I am fairly certain it is the most well-known item in the sewing /crafting world based on the number of pins, shares, and features it has had over the past several years.  What is this item?  It is the Raskog Utility cart in turquoise.  Of course it comes in other colors, but this was the color I choose. When I received the item, I really scratched my head on the best way to use it.  Should it hold my  tools, fabric, patterns….I really wasn’t sure.  I played around with many different options, until it finally became the place I keep my most favorite and special books.  And I have to say, …