To finish them off she worked a crochet edging around them. Lovely!
We have talked about before how old sheets, quilt covers, curtains etc provide miles of fabric at very inexpensive prices. I hunt for them at op shops and have also been given lots of them. In particular I look for vintage florals as they are what I love!
These have ended up as tea towels, table napkins, table cloths (a table cloth cut just to fit your table with a crochet edging is beautiful! Plus maybe matching napkins!) little curtains, aprons, pillowcases... that are also very suitable to make nighties, pyjama pants, little dresses, hankies... so many things. Also sheet sets can be cut down and even trimmed or appliquéd to make cot sheets, bassinet sheets and other nursery items. Very economical.
Usually I am able to get sheets for $2 to $4. But it is a lot of yardage!
I will also use plain white or plain colours to back my tea towels as I would usually make them double thickness. So plain ones are on my radar too!
Rachel's are just so beautiful and far nicer than most tea towels in the shops. They probably cost her cents to make. Ugly tea towels here are probably $8 each. Beautiful ones are probably $20 each but I almost never see any that I like. These I love!
I have had good luck with old curtains. These below I made a while back and I backed them with plain sheeting. I keep lots out on display and on hand...
I had a box of trims I had collected over the years (again, op shops) and used these to trim them however my normal trim would be a crochet edge. I might work that all the way around or just do one edge and make it a bit wider.
There are so many styles available you can find something to match your kitchen... pastels, brights, retro etc. In fact teenagers tend to really like the crazy retro prints and these make great pyjama pants which they then wear with a cotton t shirt or singlet top. Good gift!
Fabrics can be really expensive but there are ways around it! I always check in op shops for quilt covers, valances.... (think of all that ruffle!) sheets, curtains, table cloths... this is how I met Jo! She saw me in an op shop rummaging through all these big bins of old linens and heard me talking to Andy and I don't know what else but then she said "is your name Annabel" and I said "yes" then she asked me if I was the Bluebirds are Nesting Annabel? I think Jo was pretty on the ball to figure out it must have been me! And I had good success in that op shop too!
Thank you Rachel for showing us what can be made with a fantastic source of cheap material. Your pictures are just heavenly.
I hope your week is going well! What are you working on for your Christmas cupboard?
What are your ideas for really inexpensive things to make? Crafts and gift making do not have to cost a lot! Not at all. We can make the most of what we have and what we might find along the way.
Currently I am trying to use up all kinds of things I have stashed in my craft cupboard and turn them into gifts or useful things.
See you Friday! xxx