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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Vintage Inspired Idea

While out the other day I spied this laying in a pile of other fabric peices...........................................
at first I wasn't sure what it was, but as I pulled it out I happily saw a large, love worn tablecloth. A 1950-60 red and black beauty just waiting to be repurposed. It has several different panels......................................


 Of this delightful couple







 and, several country houses.
and the center has squares of a colonial floral motif. It will all make great appliques!

I couldn't wait I went right home and began embroidering the patterns.
I used various stitches to create different textures.


 My Grandma always said the back should look as nice as the front..........
I try.
While embroidering I got to thinking what I'd first like to create with them. A tote was my first thought, so I found this roomy one in my finished sewing..................................




Okay....got everything together, cut out my square applique and added some pretty rick-rack.............

attached it to the tote and ............................voile'.............

a 'Sweet Old-fashioned Girl' tote.
I thought a pretty matching shirt too, but I'm havng a hard time locating a pre-made black shirt in heavy wieght material. I'll keep looking, so, I think a tablerunner will be my next project.
I think will go on my Etsy site...If you would like to pre-book one of these totes just leave a comment.
Don't forget it's Rednesday Wednesday at Susan's It's a Very Cherry World.
 Be sure to stop by and see all the red hot posts. 

16 comments:

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Melody!
Oh, such sweet images on your cloth, love it! And how fun that something so loved is continuing on - a tote is a wonderful idea. You've got me all inspired.
Happy Rednesday,
Sally

Bearly Sane said...

Wonderful! Love that you have put that tablecloth to good use.
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow! This is great!!! And what a clever idea that turned out beautiful!!!
HUGS,
Cindy

Bella said...

How cute! I just love it. What a great idea. Those images are too sweet.

Meri Wiley said...

Dear Melody,

That is one of the prettiest totes I've seen. You did a wonderful job with it.

Hugs,
Meri

Dawn said...

So creative. You've really given it a new life!

LV said...

You are very talented with a creative mind. I loved all the things you shared today.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Melody--Thanks so much for visiting!!! I just wanted to pop over and say "hi!"
Hugs,
Cindy

AshTreeCottage said...

Very cute and creative too!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Jane said...

What a great idea - so creative! With all those panels, you'll get so much new life from that old tablecloth.
Jane-Jacksonville

Sherrie said...

Oh my gosh, you just gave me a great idea. I never thought about embroidering my scraps. I can't wait to get started. In checking out your other posts, I see a few more things that I like. I am inspired, so I am joining you for your journey in blogland. Isn't this fun? Nice to meet you.

Ann said...

How creative you are. I would have just thought, hmmm lovely in its day but now it is faded. You took a piece of worn beauty and brought it back to life. Fantastic idea!!
Thank you for sharing.
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

craftyles said...

I love vintage linens and I really like how you used the tablecloth on your bag. So creative! I am going to try this with some of my cutters!

SueLovesCherries said...

"but you look sweet,
upon the seat
of a bicycle built for two"

That panel was made for that tote! I love how the embroidery gives depth to the image! Hooray for you!

Jan LaFollette said...

What a clever girl you are. I would have never thought of embroidering to highlight the design. A great idea that resulted in a truly unique creation. Nice!

Sherry from Alabama said...

You have a lovely blog. I've enjoyed visiting this morning.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine