As you know, I am exploring all the possibilities that some of the vintage linens in my closet can hold. I had brought down a pile about two weeks ago, and I have been slowly going through them, and writing down design possibilities for each. I also found a pile of lovely handkerchiefs, and after Soule Mama’s and Waldorf Mama’s posts, I am certainly ironing them up and sewing something pretty, and useful to keep them in.
Last night, I was drafting a pattern for a linen skirt that I want to make, and I decided that instead of using muslin as a test run, I would use the same sheets that I made the pajamas with last week, and see if that worked.
This is a real lazy day skirt, and one that has to call for wrinkle appropriate attire, but I love the feel of it, and I foresee many summer picnics and playground moments wearing it.
I also had a pillow case that I loved, but that had a bad spot at the very bottom that prevented me from using on any of our beds. After staring at it for days, I finally decided to make a tote from it. I think that what truly made this pillow case feel unique was the lace work in the front, and the beautiful buttons in the back.
Since the pillow case is rather light, I chose to use a striped upholstery fabric for the handles. They are sturdy, and I don’t think that they will tear easily. To be honest, at first I thought that adding a striped fabric would really change the softness of the bag, but I love it. It just adds a fun twist, and something that you just wouldn’t expect.
So I have a question for all you fantastic sewing friends out there. I think that I need to line the bag with a bit of a sturdier fabric, but since it is completed, what do you think would be the best way to tackle that? I was thinking that I could just create a liner the same dimension as the exterior, and then just top stitch at the edge of the bag, but I am not sure if that will look strange. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Finally, I am a proud mama today. My sons found an old bottle of vanilla extract that my mom brought me home years ago from Mexico. The vanilla was long since expired (and used for that matter), and so I had rinsed it out, and I was contemplating what to do with it.
After a long day of dealing with two very fussy children, I was at my wits end and was in need of a break. Sometimes when you ask for a bit of peace, it arrive in such a peculiar way. The boys were outside playing, and the next thing that I knew, they were presenting me with a gorgeous bouquet of yellow and purples flowers, in the blue bottle. My oldest declared “Mama, I thought that this might make you smile”. That is did.
At least I know that all my talk of how to reuse and repurpose is wearing off a little. Now I have a beautiful vase, some special flowers, and just the peace that I was looking for.