"There is great satisfaction in making something out of nothing, in restoring some old cast-off to a place of usefulness and beauty, or rescuing some discarded piece of wood, stone or metal from the dump and turning it into an object that has purpose and charm in your home."
~ Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
I have shared awhile back how I have a goodly supply of tablecloths which don’t fit my tables (it is a long story and has something to do with very hot water 🤦♀️ ). Since I love all of the fabrics, rather than donating them, I decided to repurpose them. Here is the story of one... a neutral, striped, cotton cutie. I believe I shared a few of the projects in my monthly newsletter but I thought it would be nice to place them all together in one post for inspiration.
The top part of this tablecloth was cut in half and used as a curtain in my stand-alone pantry. To remedy the piles of bulk flour, sugar and so forth on the floor, we had bought a cabinet to store our excess in at a second-hand store.
We painted it up nice and pretty and attached a spring rod with this "curtain" to keep the area looking tidy. Now I feel we have a nice storeroom area that blends in with the house.
The second piece was cut into four dish towels. I had this lace from grandmother’s stash that I used for a romantic trim contrast. I call them prairie dish towels. I love how they came out and may give my second set as a hostess gift. I love this type of repurposing because you can't find something like this in the stores and it appeals to my old fashioned taste.
I refashioned another part of the tablecloth into these homespun potholders... I liked the idea of making potholders as the fabric coordinates with my dishes and would look nice on the dinner table. They certainly didn’t come out as planned with my humble sewing skills. So, when all else fails you label it “homespun” and declare it a success. To make them, I cut the fabric to my desired size and placed a piece of a cast-off bath towel in the middle for more thickness. Then I stitched around the whole thing with a machine and hand stitched around the edge with contrasting embroidery thread. No money was spent.
The last piece was repurposed into this oversized, reversible dish drying mat. I had only enough of the striped tablecloth fabric left to make one side of the mat. I used a piece of a thrift store flannel sheet to cover the other side making it reversible! I was really excited about this project because I always use a dish drying mat and the store bought ones are too modern looking for my taste. It was nice to create something to my liking while costing little.
To prepare it is similar to the potholder: I cut the fabrics to my desired size and placed my other half of that cast-off bath towel in the middle for more thickness. Then I stitched around the whole thing with a machine, turned it right side up and stitched around the entire edge once again. Have you ever made a dish drying mat? How did you go about it?
Up and down goes the needle, followed by the thread, the ritual of sewing has been the same for centuries. There is solace in a simple task, that has the same basic rules, which permits you to fashion what you please in the comfort of your own cozy home...
What about you? Do you like to repurpose old linens? What do you like to make with them? From one unused item to many makes me very pleased! Do you have anything gathering dust that could be given a new purpose and meaning in your home?
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Love the dishtowel idea. Might as well be fancy while doing our loving tasks. Your blog makes me smile and rejoice that I am not alone in really caring about home.ReplyDelete
Ah, what a beautiful thing for me to read this morning -- you are not alone -- thank you ❤️Delete
I really like the dish towels and may use your idea for an upcoming wedding shower.ReplyDelete
Love your creativity and resourcefulness.
Thank you so much ♥️ I hope they come out lovely!Delete
Love love love Jes!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much dear Annabel ♥️Delete
I love all you did with the tablecloth, JES; especially the lacey tea towels and the dish drying mat that goes better with your colors. I agree, all the dish drying mats I've seen (and bought) are kinda hideously bright ;)ReplyDelete
Hope this goes thru :). Mary
So true!!! Thank you Mary for taking the time to visit! ♥️Delete
I really should consider repurposing some of my old linens that are just like you said, gathering dust.ReplyDelete
Yes, it is so satisfying to make something useful again ♥️Delete
Oh I forgot to mention how lovely your items came out.❤ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! ♥️ I enjoyed making them and now using them ♥️Delete
These are just beautiful JES, very creative and a great way to repurpose an item. I have a few tablecloths I don't use, so today I will be looking at them with a different vision.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing.
How exciting! Let me know what you come up with ♥️ This kind of thing is so fun to me!Delete
I love everything you did here :) Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the encouragement Linda ♥️ ♥️ ♥️Delete
Absolutely lovely, and yet more evidence that you are a domestic genius. I will be having a new tee shirt made with, "when all else fails you label it “homespun” and declare it a success"!ReplyDelete
Hee-hee 😂 YES! Please do 🤗Delete
Great idea. When I make quilts, or small throws, I repurpose old blankets to use in the middle. Works out wonderfully. Thank you for sharing your homemakers heart with us.ReplyDelete
That is a great tip! I do hope to make a quilt one day before I leave this earth... when I do I will follow your advice ♥️Delete
I love this and love that you do it. I have made curtains from a table cloth - worked out well. Clever doing the towel, dish mat, and pot holders so they coordinate in your kitchen. That subtle stripe looks like a gentle summer breeze to me :-)ReplyDelete
Oohh... I like that description! ♥️Delete
I hope you have a lovely weekend friend!
I use my old and worn out tablecloths when we go to the park or someplace for a picnic. They may be stained and worse for wear, but perfect to lay over a picnic table or in the grass for a clean eating surface. My old sheets went on the sofa when we had our big dog. Sadly she passed away a few weeks ago so I will be looking for another upcycle project for old sheets. I love finding ways to reuse things!ReplyDelete
Those are all great ideas! Thank you for sharing Kathy ♥️Delete
And I am so sorry about your dog 😔 💔
I am a big fan of using thrift store bed sheets for many things. My favourite way to use them is to make curtains - now granted, none of the curtains in my home match the other ones, but it's okay, they're still pretty.ReplyDelete
Also, almost all of my tablecloths aren't actually tablecloths, but sheets! They are much cheaper and are always plenty big. If I have one that's too big I can just cut it down.
I have also used flannel sheets, or old flannel baby blankets, to make handkerchiefs.
Love the idea of using sheets for tablecloths too! ♥️ And I really ought to make up some flannel handkerchiefs.... great idea Laura! I hope you have a lovely week ♥️Delete