Vintage Findings Day 2
October 21, 2010
(photo from Country Living)
Hey there! Welcome to the second day of exporing the idea of using vintage goodies in your paper crafting! Today I'm going to focus on using vintage textiles. Old doilies, table linens, curtains, aprons can be great sources for handmade embellishments and trims. I've got a couple of cards for you today, but I feel like I've barely scratched the surface with what you could create using these items!
I'm sort of infatuated with vintage tableclothes lately. We remodled our kitchen this summer and I've been collecting these colorful beauties to use in my new kitchen. I love the way they look all stacked up and mixed up. So colorful and fun!
While I love to use them as they are, I also pick some out here and there to cut apart and use for other things...some of them are too worn to be practical...so they are just calling for me to use them in other ways!
I came across these fun towels a while back from the Etsy seller VintageHome and I've been dying to make some myself. Aren't they fun?
I purchased a few tableclothes with the intention of cutting and doing this...so I thought as long as I was cutting, I might as well use a few of the motifs on some paper crafts as well! My tablecloth is covered in cherry images, so I cut one out and stitched it onto a diecut tag.
I combined it with some papers and embellishments from the new Savor collection from My Little Yellow Bicycle...they match perfectly...which was totally unplanned...just one of those happy accidents!
After stitching around the edges, I rubbed over them with my fingertip to rough them up a bit....I love the way it turned out!
Next is a card I created with an embroidered doily. I simply cut around one of the embroidered designs. I spritzed it with a little glimmer mist to age it just a bit more and give it some shimmer.
I layered it over some vintage inspired ledger paper from My Little Yellow Bicycle's Fresh Print Clothesline collection, along with some stamping in the background...then topped it off with a Maya Road kraft doily, flower and pin.
Like I said earlier...this is just scratching the surface! There are so many ways you could incorporate vintage textiles into your projects! Cover an album, create fabric-covered buttons or brads, create handmade flowers, ruffles...the list goes on and on. If you're going hunting for fabrics to use in your paper crafts, choose fabrics with smaller motifs that can be cut out and used as embellishments. If your vintage fabrics are thin and worn, you might want to consider ironing them onto a stabilizer before cutting into them.