happy birthday meg!!!
i fell in love with the color of this sweater the second i saw it from across the thrift shop & i knew it was the perfect up-cycle for a friend's birthday gift! the photos are pretty self explanatory, so i will not bore you with the details.
happy birthday meg!!!
i have been collecting vintage hankies and embroidered table runners from thrift shops and garage sales for some time now. i didn't know what i was going to do with them, but i know that i just had to have them! well, the perfect opportunity arose when i needed new window treatments for the entry way after the remodel. this was a super easy project that added a rustic/vintage feel to the windows in the entry way.
start with a tension rod, or installed curtain rod on your window. after that, simply layer the different runners, towels & hankies until you love the look. i hung them with an even length on both sides of the curtain rod so they would look just as cute outside as they do inside. here are some tips for making them just right...
* some of the hankies were a little too translucent when the sun shined through so i added a white cotton backing to them with heat n bond. you can follow the directions on included with the product...no sewing needed!
* some of the runners were too long when hung over the curtain rod. for those, i just folded them in half with the right sides together and made a seam where i wanted the middle of the runner to hang, cut off the excess and press the seam open. you can use a machine or do this by hand.
* after i had them all in place i did put a few "tack" stitches in to hold them on the curtain rod so they wouldn't slide off one side or the other. i did this by hand with a needle and thread and placed a stitch in about 4 different places to hold all of the runners/hankies down and tied it off in the back.
hope you like the valance as much as i do. this is just one more project that shows my "old soul" and love for vintage embroidery!
my new sewing room is coming along and almost ready to be used! i just wanted to share my experience of using vintage pattern instructions for wall paper. all of the diy information i found on using books or maps for wallpaper scared me...either they are all amateurs or i just got lucky, because my wall turned out absolutely amazing!
these are the supplies that i used:
pattern instructions (you could use book pages, maps, newspaper, etc.), wallpaper glue/paste, paint brush, plastic scraper, xacto knife/razor blade, paper towels, radio
1. i started with a new construction wall that i did not have texture on. i am sure that this helped with the final product turning out so great. try a practice piece in a closet or somewhere "secret" to see how this will the end result will work on your wall finish
2. i used a scrap piece of sheetrock for my workstation so i could apply the wallpaper paste over the edges of the paper. i just threw away the sheetrock when i was finished. it also gave me a chance to practice!