May 10, 2011Small Ideas For Vintage Fabric
Or Andrea’s Fun-Filled Mini-Projects!
I am a total sucker for vintage fabric. I have a hard time passing it up when I come across it. However, as nice as it would be to find yards and yards of vintage fabric, the fact is that often, the pieces of fabric you come across are quite small. Pillows are one option you often see to use and display these smaller pieces of vintage fabric, but I’ve got a few other ideas for you today, and a tutorial for the last one!
Valance – although this valance is not a traditional mid-century valance style, this print still adds some mid-mod feel to my kitchen. I was working with a very small piece of fabric here, which is why I went with the cafe curtain style rings and clips for the top of the valance. This print cracks me up because of the cigarettes – only on a mid-century fabric print would you find cigarettes!
Bag – again, although this style of bag isn’t mid-century, it is incredibly practical, and making it out of barkcloth gives it a vintage feel. I also used a vintage bakelite button for the closure to add to the vintage feel. There are scads of vintage buttons on eBay, and if you’re not looking for a full set, they can be had very inexpensively.
And now for our tutorial project – coasters!
What you’ll need:
-thin sheets of cork (what I used were plain cork placemats that I found at a home decor store. These can be found online as well)
-hot glue gun (I STRONGLY recommend getting a hot glue gun from the woodworking section of your local home improvement store. They are infinitely better than ones you’ll find in the crafting section)
-sewing machine (optional)
First step – cut your bases for your coasters from your cork. I found a coaster that I liked the shape of at home and traced it.
Second step – trace your coaster shapes on to the wrong side of your fabric. Add a half inch hem allowance to all sides. I notched out the corners to minimize bulk since the fabric I am using is fairly thick – if your fabric is thick, you’ll want to do this as well.
Third step – turn your hem allowance under on all sides and press
Fourth step – you have two choices here. I sewed around the edge of my coaster, because I wanted the look of the stitching. However – if you don’t want to, or can’t sew, you can simply use a thin bead of your hot glue to hold your hem allowance down. Just make sure you press it flat so you don’t have lumps from your bead of glue
Fifth step – take your cork, and cover it quite generously with the hot glue. Stick your hemmed fabric square on top quickly, and press it down well so you don’t get lumps from the bead of glue.
Option #2 – if you have a sewing machine that you feel can handle it, you can sew the fabric directly on to the cork.
If you’re going this route, simply use a little hot glue in the middle to tack the fabric down to the coaster
Sew around the edge as you would with any other fabric.
That’s it, you’re done! Repeat until you have as many coasters you desire.
Any questions – please ask in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer!
Awesome ideas and great tutorial, Andrea!!! If you guys want to see another fun tutorial, check out the blog for Andrea’s shop, Sew What Fabrics, for a retro-print placemat tutorial!