Apr 25, 2013

Vintage Sheet Love with a British Accent

We have a very special treat. Gill, a very talented vintage sheet crafter from the UK, shares her crafting inspiration as well as some of her beautiful vintage sheet creations with us. Take it away, Gill.

Hi, I'm Gill from Gillyflower, and it's a great pleasure and privilege to be invited to write a guest post on Heather's blog here at The Vintage Sheet Blog.
I've been making cushions and accessories from vintage sheets for several years now (and sewing generally forever!) and it never ceases to amaze me what clever and imaginative uses other crafters come up with for using vintage sheets.

Browsing through Pinterest recently I found these inspiring ideas: 

How about these vintage sheet Ties - would the man in your life dare do you think??? I know mine wouldn't, but what a statement piece if you have a brave (and hip!) partner?!!

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Or this gorgeous ruffle quilt made by Danielle shown on her blog Blessed Serenity - how amazing is that!
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Wow, I just love these - vintage sheet dresses!!!!

Find these and more ideas for vintage dressing at Soho Mode! 
image from here
Or this cute little bonnet and romper suit from Made by Rae here
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And there are numerous other lovely quilts, dresses and bags out there to inspire you to cut up those vintage sheets if you dare! I always find it hard to make that first cut, and prefer to enjoy using a vintage sheet on beds unless its damaged or worn.
But some of these gorgeous projects take a lot of time and a lot of precious fabric, and if you're short on both but can't wait to get making something, then you can't go wrong whipping up a few new cushion or pillow covers from your thrifted sheets to add a fresh accent to a room.
So after drooling over those last few wonderful creations, I'll bring you back down to earth with some of my more ordinary makes that I have been focusing on and enjoying making this last year from vintage sheets and fabrics.
Anyone familiar with my blog will know only too well how I love making CUSHIONS or PILLOWS from vintage sheets and fabrics.

The thing I love about making cushions is that they are relatively quick to make (a bonus to someone impatient who likes quick results!) and they showcase beautifully any vintage fabrics you wish to use in a practical way to enhance any room in your home, from the sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom to even the bathroom.
These can be made quickly in an hour or two, and by making a simple back from overlapping fabric pieces you eliminate the need for a zipper, as well as giving yourself the opportunity to be creative and make a feature of the back by adding a frill or braid, and thus making it into a useful, reversible cushion.

You can change the look and feel of a room in an instance, either as the mood takes you or as the seasons change, quickly and relatively cheaply, just by adding some different cushions and a few other accessories such as rugs, throws and lamps.

I like to use any beautiful vintage and pre-loved fabrics I can lay my hands on, from 1920's Bavarian sheets (see above blue and white panel cushion) to bright 1970's sheets, with lots of lovely pastel florals from the 50's and 60's thrown into the mix, as well as vintage French fabrics, linens and barkcloths from the 30's through to the 80's.

antique European grain sack cushion
vintage French floral fabric cushions
vintage English floral linen

vintage English floral linen cushions
I also like to make my vintage cushions stand out a little from the crowd - combining vintage sheets or vintage fabrics with pure linen, and trimming the backs with vintage trims and braids, or a ruffled or pleated edge, or suffolk puffs.

And most have french seams inside to make the seams neat and strong.

I do, from time to time, make a few other things too........

vintage sheets bags

vintage sheets lavender stacks

Thank you, Heather, for having me as your Guest Blogger today, and thank you everyone who's reading this for allowing me to share some inspiration with you, and a few of my favourite vintage sheet projects.

I hope this post will inspire you to have a go at transforming vintage sheets if you are not already a convert!

Thank you so much, Gill for sharing your love of vintage sheets and your beautiful vintage sheet creations.

 I love seeing what you are doing around the world with vintage sheets. I'm in the middle of two vs tutorials, one for your home and one for your wardrobe. Hope to post them soon.


gillyflower said...

Hi Heather
Thank you for having me as a guest blogger here on your lovely blog!

Looking forward to seeing the tutorials soon!
Gill xx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Beautiful fabrics here! :) x

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Wonderful VS projects. I have a stack that I admire but need to get busy making them into lovely projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

mindingmomma said...

love those dresses

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful projects! It is so hard to make that first cut. I have a nice collection of vintage sheets that I want to make a quilt from. But oh so hard to cut, cut, cut.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

All so lovely! There's just something about VS! Making that first cut *IS* hard but I'm so glad I finally did!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Gill, loved this post! Thanks for letting us know you were going to do this post!

Have a great weekend Heather & Gill!!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Thank you for featuring my ruffled quilt. I am still collecting more vintage sheets. I am addicted to their pretty patterns.


Liv said...

Great post from Gillygflower !

Kristen said...

As always, I am madly inspired by you, Gill. :)