You may remember the canvas tote repurposed from leftover canvas and some patchwork strips from the old vintage quilt which I made into cabbage roses. Here’s a little pictorial about how I made the roses.
The (re)purposed project today is crazy simple and quick – a pincushion made from a vintage quilt. Even though I did not do any sewing for this project, it has to do with sewing so I guess it qualifies for my topic on (re)purposed sewing.
All that’s needed is a vintage container [I used an old silver plated sugar bowl], a scrap of vintage quilt [or any fabric scrap],a hand full of polyfil, and a hot glue gun.
When I decided on my topic for this 31 day writing challenge, I started a list of ideas for (re)purposing my friend’s vintage quilt. Although I would like to have thirty projects from the quilt, I doubt it will happen. Yet surprisingly I have come up with more ideas than I anticipated.
One of my mentors in the prayer quilt ministry at church has been gracious enough to visit me here at Faith Stitched Home as I write through this challenge. As always she lifts me up with words of encouragement and inspiration. She mentioned an apron being a favorite item so of course, I had to go with it!
A few months back she invited members from the prayer quilt and shepherding ministries for lunch. Her home was so elegant and inviting and something that caught my eye right away was a yo-yo table runner on her sofa table. Now you might be thinking, “Yo-yo runner for elegant decor?” Let me tell you, it rocked. She is so gifted with needle and thread. I must ask her for a photo to show you sometime.
Keeping lists is a necessity for me. If I don’t write it down, it’s forgotten. If I write something on a piece of paper, it’s lost. I try to stay organized but taming the tiger around here is difficult.
For the items I keep on written lists [grocery lists and the like go on my iPhone], I must put them in a notebook – its bigger and won’t get lost. Surrounding the notebook with a pretty cover catches my attention. Therefore it is a necessity to have a notebook cover, the prettier it is, the more effective it is. That means I’ll pick it up and use it more.
Keeping it old school with the (re)purpose project today – greeting cards made with a patchwork motif.
I’m a born and raised Georgia girl. Been here all my life and would not change it for anything. Georgia really has it all – steep mountains, rolling hills, scenic valleys, canyons, piedmonts, lazy rivers, white water rapids, coastline, barrier islands, and beaches. Even though I’ve not really travelled very much in my life, I cannot imagine that any place would be more beautiful. Truly, there is no place like home.
Many people must feel the same as I about their home states. Just have a look around the internet and you will find all sorts of items depicting states from wood projects to textiles.
Here’s my take on state mania in the form of a patchwork pillow cover.
Today’s (re)purposed project uses some of the small strips that I salvaged from the vintage quilt. Not only am I reusing some of the patchwork but mostly some canvas from a previous project. This series is all about (re)purposing what I have to work with. I really only bought thread, buttons, interfacing for most of the projects, and some of that I had on hand as well.
I admit, I have an addiction – to making fabric pumpkins! I can’t stop; if I make one, I make another, and another, and another. I simply can’t get enough. They’re quick, easy, cute, and a great (re)purpose project; what could you not love about them?
For the last two years I have made hundreds of the little beauties but not from a vintage quilt like these. I’ll show you other (re)purposed pumpkins after I have exhausted all the projects I’ve created from the vintage quilt, but for now enjoy these precious little patchwork pumpkins.
My friend who gave me creative license with her family heirloom vintage quilt has a son who is in the Marines. He is newly married [just shy of two years] and will be off on his first foreign assignment after Thanksgiving. His precious bride will be able to accompany him and the thought of them together on one of the biggest adventures of their lives was the inspiration for this project.
A good use of the small pieces of vintage quilt patchwork is to make them into these little teddy bear softies.
They are just the right size for tiny hands.