As always, I continue to dream up new projects or finish ongoing ones! Here are the latest of my thrifty home decor projects.
Remember a couple of YEARS ago when I started making crocheted beaded edge blue snowflakes? Finally, here is the finished banner they were intended for. I did use five shades of blue plus blues and clears for the beads on the fractal edges of each snowflake. Then I hand-sewed each snowflake onto a square of white fabric, and made those squares into double-layered flags with topstitching. I then captured the top edges of each flag into a vintage sheet fabric binding.
And voila, a snowflake banner bunting to hang above our white fireplace! I love how it turned out. (nevermind the fact that it is now late April and it’s still hanging there…we enjoyed it through the winter! Someday I will start a floral banner for spring….someday…)
Next up: a square table! Ever since I finished my slipcover for a sectional couch, I have been wanting a square table to go in the space the sectional formed. I also wanted a table with two levels, so we could store books, puzzles, and games on the bottom level. The top is now a space where puzzles and games can be spread out. I searched locally and found this table for a low price, so we went and picked it up. I spread out a dropcloth and got to work. I primed it all over (it was ugly), and then applied this bright purple semi-gloss paint. I love how it turned out! I’m not crazy about the glass inserts, but our kids are grown up now, so it doesn’t matter. I am itching to do some decorative painting on it, but I’m also itching do a thousand other things, too…
I love how it goes with all the bright colours of the pillow covers!!
And speaking of pillow covers, here are some pillow cases that I recently made. I had four very firm pillows I picked up in the States a couple of years ago. I decided to use two of them for the ends of the sectional couch (and the other two for when I revamp our master bedroom – they make great cushions to lean against). So I made four pillowcases at once. I LOVE pulling out all my vintage sheet fabrics and figuring out which combinations to use on these three-paneled cases. I decided to make two in the lighter colours of pinks, yellows, and oranges; and the other two in the darker colours of blues, greens, and purples. (or maybe that’s warms and cools). They are modeled on the pillowcases I made a few years ago, with French seams, flat-felled seams, and embroidery detailing on the flat-felled seam. I’m pretty happy with this pattern.
And here are the two that I’m using on the couch, all set up at each end for comfy leaning.
Another thing we’ve been needing for our home is a second sheet for a queen size bed. I had made a fitted sheet a few years ago from two cotton flannel sheets, but hadn’t gotten to making another one. That flannel one was getting rather worn. So I finally dug out my two tiny-flowered thrifted Wabasso sheets, sewed them together using flat-felled seams (detail in photo), added a pieced on the end, and created a channel for elastic around the edges. Voila, pretty new fitted queen size sheet made from quality fabrics for very little money.
What projects are you working on? I’d love to see them!