Friday, October 17, 2014

Vintage Sheets on the Go


Beautiful Vintage Photography by Simply Hue Designs
Why would you leave behind all the comforts of home when you leave your home? Take a little piece of home with you by making some of these pretty items that I found around the internet. Or, make them as a gift for a traveling loved one.
1. Pocket Tissue Holder
Don't leave home without your tissues.These would be perfect for a purse, carry-on, briefcase or diaper bag.
From Suddenly I See
2. Pillowcase Drawstring Bag
I need this bag to haul my dry cleaning. It would also work in a suitcase to bring home the dirty clothes.  I'm a sucker for anything made from a pillowcase.

Made by Ros from Sew Delicious as seen on Mollie Makes
3. Vintage Sheet Camera Strap
Not only does this camera strap look more comfortable that the one that comes with the camera, it's also much more pretty.
Polaroids and Paislies

4. Vintage Fabric Lined Picnic Basket
I love picnics and I collect vintage picnic baskets. I love the idea of lining the basket with a pretty vintage sheet. Gotta love her picnic blanket, too. 
Smile and Wave
5. Upcycled Fabric Beach Blanket
Beach blanket from vintage sheets and a vintage chenille bedspread? Yes, please.
One Crafty Momma
6. Pillowcase Backpack
I love this backpack made from a pillowcase. Genius!
Simple Simon and Company

7. Lined Pillowcase Market Bag
There are a lot of amazing pillowcase market bag tutorials out there but I love this lined one that Cassandra  makes. And, it has a pocket! 

Cass Can Sew
8. Quilted Travel Pillow
I love roadtrips. I always seem to take a little nap on long journeys. I'm drooling over this vintage sheet covered quilted travel pillow.
Noodlehead
9. Pillowcase Kindle Cover
Speaking of car trips, my family cannot leave the house without a Kindle. Susan's Kindle cover is absolutely gorgeous! And, she used a pillowcase. :)
Sugar Beans
10. Thrifted Sheet Eye Mask
If all that reading makes you tired, take a nap with a cute eye mask. I made this one for my niece's slumber party last year.
Vintage Sheet blog

 11. Fabric Decorated Vintage Suitcase
I totally need a vintage suitcase so I can mod podge some vintage sheet scraps to it. Love this idea. I think that I need these shoes too. :)
Oh So Lovely Vintage on Skunkboy
12. Pillowcase Garment Bag
Don't like that yucky plastic stuff from the dry cleaners? This looks like a much better way to protect our clothes. Just pack the clothes in the garment bag inside the suitcase. Easy peasy.
Martha Stewart
13. Fabric Passport Cover
Maybe you are going very very far away. Like, another galaxy. You may need a C3PO passport cover.
Knotted Nest
14. DIY Luggage Fabric Luggage Tag
Wherever you are going, you don't want to lose your luggage. I like this tutorial. The blog is not in English but the photos and instructions are easy to follow.
Meli Melo
15. Embroidered Mug Cozies
Don't leave home without your mug cozy. I love the embroidery and mini pom poms. So adorbs!
Bev from Flamingo Toes on Lilluna
16. State Stuffie
So, wherever you go, don't forget to take your vintage sheets with you.
Sugar Beans
Thank you so much for stopping by The Vintage Sheet Blog today. I hope that these ideas will help you get out in style. Or, maybe they will help you make the perfect gift for that picky sister-in-law.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quilting For A Great Cause


 I have something really fun to tell all my quilter readers (I know there are a lot of you out there.) One of VSB partners, Fat Quarter Shop, is hosting the 2015 Snapshots Quilt Along benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


The Quilt Along has 12 traditionally pieced picturesque (novelty) blocks that capture and celebrate moments of happiness in our lives. The Quilt Along officially starts January 15th, 2015 and Fat Quarter Shop will release the first block pattern on the 15th of each month for the rest of 2015.


You can use your own fabric (vintage sheets?) or purchase the kits provided on the Fat Quarter website. All they ask from participants is a donation to St. Jude every time you download one of the adorable patterns.
http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=7b22b46b476a7410VgnVCM100000290115acRCRD

Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $10,000 from pattern donations for a total of $20,000. To read more about the quilt along, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog.


This is the cute camera block for the quilt back. Adorbs!
























 
A very cute quilt for a very important cause. But, what if you are thinking, "Hey Heather, I'm still in 2014, what can I do now?" There is still time to catch up and participate in the 2014 Quilt Along that benefits the Make a Wish Foundation.


It features some more traditional quilt blocks with a twist. The Fat Quarter Shop website has lots of helpful videos. Seriously, how did I figure out anything before YouTube?

I hope that you can play along, make something wonderful, and help kids. Personally, I'm in love with the bike quilt block.



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Retro Homemaking Ladies Night



If you could live in any time period, when would you choose? I choose the 1940s. I love black and movies, especially if they star Barbara Stanwick. And, I love planning parties and events. Put them together and you have an amazing party theme: Retro Homemaking. This was a recent activity for the ladies at my church but it would also be a fun girls night in party. Here's the details:

The Outfits
Everyone was asked to wear vintage. We "encouraged" the ladies with a best vintage dress contest. Also, the week prior to the event, my friend and I wore vintage to church to help build enthusiasm for the activity.
I'm on the left, Dana is on the right
The Decorations
Vintage aprons were tied together to make a bunting along the walls.

Each of the tables had a vintage theme. There were white tablecloths covered in vintage doilies or fabric with vintage collections that we gathered from a few of the ladies from our group. Fresh flowers and homemade cookies also brightened and sweetened each centerpiece.
Loving Laundry

Clever Canning
 Good Morn'n
 Remembering Carbs
 Baking Beauty

The Food
We had a potluck of retro classics. The ladies were asked to bring casseroles and other classic family favorites. I brought Watergate Salad in my most retro bowl. It is full of pineapple, marshmallows, and pistachio pudding.

The Activities
Everyone brought a pillowcase to make into an apron. Sewing and upcycling is sooo retro.  Of course we used my favorite tutorial: The 10 Minute Pillowcase Apron by the fabulous Betz White.
It's a great beginning sewing project. Some of the ladies were happy to model their new aprons. See how I'm able to include vintage linens in a church activity. I'm just clever like that. ;)
Our other activity included learning to make yummy classic favorites in a mug in the microwave. We have a lot of unmarried ladies so learning to make macaroni and cheese or chocolate cake for one is handy information. Sorry I didn't get a picture, I was busy teaching the apron class. :)

Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope that you enjoyed my share of our Relief Society Activity. I used to plan 6 of these fun activities a year. I miss it. My new calling (assignment) is to plan monthly service projects for our members. 

So, back to my question, If you could live in any time period, when would you choose?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Very Vera Quilt

Don't you love a finished product? Back story: Last month I sold one of my favorite sheets in my Grow Home store. It was a red, white, and blue king flat sheet made by Burlington. I love all the sheets and pillowcases that I found treasure hunting but some are harder to part with than others. After it sold I received a note from Aaron from Brooklyn Bags, the buyer, who told me the sheet was going to be used as the backing for a quilt. I asked Aaron to please send me a photo of the finished product, which he did.

 The front is covered in vintage Vera napkins.

Aaron used the scallop design from the Vera backing sheet for his quilting.


I am in love with how it turned out. And, I can tell Frank the dog is happy with how it turned out. So, it was hard to part with that amazing sheet but I'm so happy that it went to a good home and was transformed into something truly amazing.

Thank you Aaron for sharing.

 I think that Vera Neumann would be proud.
Vera was also an upcycler. She started her business making scarves from recycled WWII silk parachutes that she found in an army surplus store. Her work can be found in bed linens, table linens, scarves, clothing, furnishings, and more. Her work is still relevant. Target licensed her designs last year.
Jane from Right Brain Jane devoted a full week on her blog to Vera inspiration. Her blog is chock-full of vintage awesomeness but her Vera week posts are a sure delight. For a really amazing look at Vera's work, head to the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota. Jane has a blog post full of gorgeous scarves displayed at the museum. I just need an excuse to go to Minnesota. . .

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vintage Love Notes For Mom


My mum and me when I was 2
May 14th is Mother's Day in the United States. I'm not a mom but I've worked with kids for several years. They, and their parents are very generous. However, the best gifts I've received are special notes. So, I searched some of my favorite blogs and found some vintage sheet writing inspiration to share with you. Enjoy!
Vintage Mother's Day
Bev designed the cutest love envelope bunting for Valentine's Day but I think love notes (and buntings) are appropriate all year. Bev shared her tutorial on the Lil' Luna Blog. 


And, speaking of envelopes, I love these fabric-lined envelopes from Marthe. The blog is in Norwegian but you can click the translate to your favorite language. 
fabric lined envelopes
It would be so cute to make cards that match your envelopes. Love the simple design from Under the Sycamore.
handmade cards
 I also like this card design.
ruffled cards
 Where can mom keep all the kind letters and notes she receives? How about on a magnetic mail sorter? 
magnetic bulletin board
Maybe mum is very techie. She's more into emails and online chatting. She'll love a mousepad made from your vintage sheet scraps.
fabric mousepad

Mum can jot down her own notes and grocery list with a vintage sheet covered notepad.
fabric covered notebook
Mom can keep her secret thoughts in her vintage sheet stretch journal.
homemade journal

 Mom may be super organized and need a handy place for her pens and notebook. Click on the link below to see one of the cutest blog designs ever.
filoflex organizer
I hope you enjoyed the little round up. I've been naughty lately and haven't taken pictures of my creations. I'll be better, I promise. Here's a more recent picture of the Grow Girls. Have a Happy Mother's Day!


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