I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Boy did my speed past! I knew it would. It was a really lovely weekend I will blog about it soon! But first I just had to show you a little something I crafted for a special gift.
Yesterday was a friend's birthday and I was inspired by a little tutorial in an old issue of Mollie Makes. You may remembers AGES ago I was given some lovely old fabric, tablecloths and the like by a kind freecycler. They had some beautiful cross stitch and embroidery on them, but they also had a few holes and tears etc...
So I decided to use the tutorial to put these lovely things to good use, and made my friend a little pinny apron!
I added some vintage lace (that my lovely mum gave to me from her mother) for the bottom trim, and raided my ribbon stash to add to cover a few little holes. Then I added a panel of pretty pink gingham for the waist band and tie.
I used an old square tablecloth with some lovely flowery cross stitch! I didn't stick exactlty to the tutorial! I didn't gather the top, and I made the waist band and tie slightly differently - but I still think it looks great - although looks better once it was ironed lol...
I think my friend liked it! I am always a little worried that others won't see the beauty in recycled and vintage fabrics and think I am just giving them some old tat - but as I made it into a little apron I think she liked that it was handmade! Happy Birthday Shona!
Luckily the tablecloth was big enough to cut in half, and I had enough left over to make myself one! I almost didn't - but remember what I said that all my crafting ends up given as presents or sold, so I resolved to treat myself! I love the fact that it has a vintage lace trim with a history from my grandmother who I never knew! I wonder what she'd think of it?
I had run out of pretty pink gingham but I think I love this floral pattern just as much!
What have you recycled lately?
Love Jewel xXx