I apologize for the long break between posts. March saw me working every day (sometimes at both of my jobs) and following that I had surgery. What’s a girl to do? (Not post, is what I’m guessing.) Let’s take a look at what I’ve found over the past month!
Image courtesy of The Plaid Thermos
Michelle at Thrift Obsessed posted about The Plaid Thermos‘ “Fake or Bake” Bakelite testing kits and I think they are simply brilliant. As Rebecca of The Plaid Thermos states on her blog, “No more wondering if a piece of jewelry etc. is Bakelite or not while standing in a thrift or antique store (or going through existing jewelry at home). Now you can easily take with you a “Fake or Bake” kit! It fits easily in your purse &/or pocket!” I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve purchased a piece of jewelry thinking it was Bakelite only to get home, test it and find that it was not. “Fake or Bake” kits run about $11.00 and can be purchased from The Plaid Thermos’ Etsy shop here.
Wondering what to do with all those lovely vintage hankies you’ve got stashed around? Pattern Patter posted an idea I’m absolutely envious of from Lake and Garden. Turn them into a hankie quilt!
Image courtesy of Lake and Garden
Have you ever seen anything more lovely? Imagine that quilt in a guest or child’s bedroom. Suzanne of Lake and Garden shares the process of making the above quilt here.
Need something to listen to while you sew? Maybe a little punkabilly? The Koffin Kats shared recently via Facebook that they are part of a new punkabilly compilation titled ‘Punkabilly Shakes The World’. I’m always up for finding new bands to listen to. I discovered The Koffin Kats through a similar compilation. As its title suggests, ‘Punkabilly Shakes The World’ features punkabilly bands from all over the world.
After you sew your quilt, you can cuddle up and celebrate the 24th anniversary (25th if you’re going by the year the show is set in, 1989) of Twin Peaks. Instagrammer @dollymaevintage posted about these fabulous Twin Peaks travel posters created by Jazzberry Blue. Prints from Jazzberry Blue’s Etsy shop run as low as $22.00 and feature several mid-century modern inspired prints that are nothing short of stunning.
As I was going through some odds and ends in our living room this week, I found a craft project flyer I’d picked up a while back at Hobby Lobby. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been on a 1920’s kick lately and this craft fits right in. It’s called, ‘A Case for Creativity’ because you use pillowcases to craft these items:Here is a link to a printable pdf of the flyer, which has more projects included than just the two above, or you can read and follow the instructions as I’ve typed them out below.* I think the bloomers are a “must” the next time I get the craft room organized!
*This craft, its photos and all directions are courtesy of Hobby Lobby. The directions I have typed out come directly from the pdf link above and all credit goes to Hobby Lobby.
en-cased in glamour (refers to the picture of the flapper-style dress):
Cut a band of fabric from the closed end of a simple white pillowcase before stitching up rows of fluffy fringe. Then, use the hemmed end of a second case to make straps. Some beaded trim…and baby, you’re in!
lacy linens (refers to the picture of the, as I call them, “bloomers”):
A single pillowcase provided the fabric for these simple shorts, an easy sew using SImplicity #3696! Grab some lace trim and some coordinating ribbon, and then follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Place pillowcase on flat surface. Measure up 16″ from the hemmed edge and draw a line from left to right. Cut on this line and discard upper half of pillowcase.
Cut remaining piece in half vertically. Each piece will be 10″ wide. Open the two pieces and lay flat with right sides together.
To create inseam, measure up 6″ from hemmed edge and 1″ from the left side. Mark this area with a fabric pen, curving the corner slightly. Cut on this line.
Now measure up 6″ from the hemmed edge and 2″ from the right side. Mark and cut as in Step 3.
Sew horizontal rows of lace to the right side of each piece. Use the same spacing on each piece so lace will match up at center front and center back.
Pin the two pieces with right sides together and stitch the sides with 5/8″ seam allowance. Press open. These will become the center front and center back seams of your shorts.
Match center front seam to center back seam, aligning inseams. Stitch inseams with right sides together, using 5/8″ seam allowance. Press open.
To make casing, press under 1/4″ on top edge of shorts. Turn the pressed edge to the inside 1″ and pin in place. Stitch along this edge, leaving an opening to insert ribbon at center front seam.
Insert ribbon through casing, using a safety pin to thread through.