Thursday, April 18, 2013

Vintage plus new equals pretty!

Sweet pretties and a tiny bit of a tutorial.

If you frequent garage sales or estate sales, you probably run across vintage linens often enough.  I love them all!  Pillow cases are usually one of my favorites.  Getting them at a reasonable price often means they are permanently stained. 

So…..alter them!

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I simply cut off the stained case, toss it in my paint rag box,  and sew the pretty embroidered and crocheted cuffs to new fabric.  The pretty pink pillow case in the background was in perfect shape.  So I did just the opposite.  Cutting off the cuff and adding a pretty ruffle out of a Rachel Ashwell sheet that I already had.

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Aren’t they pretty together?!


These cases were rockin’ that cute mod 70’s look so I cut off the cuff and added ruffles to them also.  The just seemed to be calling for rick-rack!


Bright and happy!

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I really had to work around the stains on the second one here.  But there was just too much pretty crochet and embroidery to give up on this one.  I ended up just adding a sweet floral to compensate for the extra I had to cut into.

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The second one appears longer but isn’t.  Just the way I have it folded.

All of these cases are standard size as this is mostly what you find in the older vintage styles.  For correct finished pattern length, I pulled out one of my own standard cases that I knew to be plenty long and used it.  Widths vary slightly as many of the vintage cases were handmade.

These are fun to sew and would match anything from white bedding to pastels or mix and match with larger bright prints.  I finish all of my cases with French Seams.  What is a French Seam?   Here’s a great tutorial HERE.  They are a little extra work, but finish off your piece so nicely!

All cases are freshly laundered and ironed and starched with lavender spray starch.  Which I LOVE by the way.  It smells so pretty!

If you live in the OKC area, you can find my pillow cases at the Main Street Market in Yukon.  If you don’t live in the area, I hope I’ve inspired you to recycle some of your pretty vintage cases that aren’t in the best of shape.



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