Thursday, 1 March 2012

Vintage linens

I found some gorgeous vintage linens hidden away in a charity shop last week.  There was a massive basket full to the brim of pillowcases!  I had a good rake through and found the prettiest ones -


I wasn't sure what I'd make with them but I knew I *had* to have them! Aren't they so pretty?

A while back I made some lovely tote bags from some of the Cath Kidston fabrics I recently got in the sale.  (I've just realised that I didn't blog about the fabric OR the bags I made! What was I thinking?!)  Anyway, it hit me that these vintage pillowcases would be just the right amount of fabric to make into big roomy bags! 

I discovered that dark binding really makes the fabric 'pop' and I absolutely love the effect!


Here's how this one turned out -


The bags are such a great size for shopping, library books etc etc and I've also had a few orders this week for ladies who want the bags for their knitting!  There are ties at the bottom side of the bag so that you can fold them up - handy for taking to the supermarket.  The french seams all round also mean that they're super sturdy. 

Here are some of the others -


This one has a very 80's summer feel - reminds me of my early summers as a child :)


Gorgeous blue florals...

Then I suddenly remembered some other vintage fabrics I had hidden away 'for a rainy day'...


The brown and white fabric on the top is a rectangular tablecloth - I *love* this fabric but have never known what to do with it, and the bottom pale floral fabric is curtains!  Both perfect for making into bags -


Just as I thought - gorgeous!


And this one is pastel and so pretty.

These bags are for some Spring craft fairs that I have planned for this month, coincidentally I feel like these fabrics are very Spring-like and hopefully people will love them as much as I do (it will be hard to part with some as they really are beautiful fabrics!).  Alternatively, if you'd like to buy one just leave me a comment or email rachael@sewrayme.co.uk for details :)

8 comments:

  1. What a lucky find! And what a great job you did of injecting new life into them!!!
    Carly
    x

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  2. You have been busy - they look fab, perfect for Spring! x

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  3. It's great when you find something so nice and then to transform it into something so pretty and useful gives you a real buzz. I love vintage embroidered linen, lost count of the number of tablecloths I've just had to have!

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  4. Love good finds in charity shops, and those were some real beauts!

    You've made them into fab bags too, really lovely x x

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  5. Oh they really did make good bags!! lovely!!

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  6. Lovely! And what a great charity shop find...
    Emily x

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  7. What a fab idea! I've got a stack of old bed linens waiting to be made into shopping bags instead of the reusable plastic ones, but I was planning on using the duvet covers, I hadn't thought about the pillow cases.

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  8. These are gorgeous. I can never have enough bags :-0
    The stripey pillow case reminds me of my childhood - I think we had stripey sheets too x
    Marie xXx

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