Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vintage Linens and Lace Ideas

If you have been reading my blog very long, you know I have a real thing for vintage lace and linens.

Any time I find them at garage sales and/or estate sales, I just can't help myself.

So, as my collection has grown and grown and grown, I thought I would give you some ideas of what all I use them for, OK?

This banner/garland was made out of linen and trimmed with old lace and buttons.

I made this window covering out of all sizes and kinds of lace and doilies.  I needed the light but wanted it covered a little bit

I use my vintage Christmas tablecloths on a ladder for the holidays.

I covered this folding screen with an old quilt.  There were places it was really worn out and I sewed various doilies on top of those places.

I made this settee out of an antique baby bed using a vintage red rose tablecloth for the dust ruffle and the center pillow.

This memory frame was made in honor of my Nana - my Mother's Mom.  I used a hankerchief that was hers, a photo of she and my son and attached her watch that I had.  Sweet memories.

This table runner was a old Christmas tablecloth.

One of my all time favorites is the wreath completely covered in vintage red and white crocheted potholders.

I also did one in colored potholders.

At Easter, I made Easter eggs out of vintage quilt pieces.  I very seldom cut up a good quilt.  I buy a lot that have holes or stains and cut out around that.

I also did a lace encrusted bunny!

Burlap Christmas stocking trimmed with old hankerchief.

A wall hanging with pockets and trimmed with old lace and doilies.

These are some of my vintage hankerchiefs that I put on an old spoon rack I had painted red.

And then there are pillows...

One of my memory pillows...

The little stuffed heart on this pillow was from an old hankerchief.

and then, last but certainly not least, is Miss Begonia.

Hope you enjoyed some of my ideas of what all I do with my hoard of vintage trims.  



  1. Judy, You have made some beautiful items and have lots of great ideas. I loved the rabbit. All this sweet pillows. Blessings,xoxo, Susie

  2. You've made some truly beautiful things. It's so wonderful that you're reusing things that would have been made with love and care, giving them a new lease of life. I think my favourite has to be the lacey bunny xx

  3. I love everything you've done! You are an artist and an inspiration. I especially love Miss Begonia. Thanks for sharing

  4. What a treat today Judy - loved seeing all the different ways you use vintage fabric, old quilts, lace and crocheted pieces. I think of you every time I look at the memory pillow you sent me when I was recovering.

  5. I am amazed, Judy! You don't just hoard these old treasures, you really create with them. I love the window covering, your pillows and of course Miss Begonia! And your display of Christmas tablecloths is so much better than only bringing them out one at a time for the table. I enjoyed seeing all the uses you've found for your treasures!

  6. I loved them ALL! There were each so pretty and creative. I'm headed over to borrow all of them!

  7. So many beautiful and clever things you've made! You've given us lots of ideas for ways to use our treasures. You really have a vision!

  8. WOW Judy! What wonderful and lovely creations you have made using vintage laces, doilies, etc. Your creations are inspiring ~ FlowerLady

  9. Judy, I have always enjoyed seeing your creations and this round of of them is awesome! Your pillows are the best and those wreaths! I do love the shadow box a lot! Hugs!

  10. Wow! Your creations are amazing...you are so talented! Kept hoping Miss Begonia would show up, and there she was!

  11. Thank you, Judy, for sharing your made-treasures with us today! This beautiful post made my day more pleasant.

  12. Your posts are so inspiring. I have a few old tablecloths...some I use but others I just want to look at them. Love the red rose cloth you put on the settee. You've got me thinking how I can re-purpose some of my favorite tablecloths. Thank you for the pics. Patty Mc

  13. Beautiful and ingenious every one of them! You are so talented and creative. I too cannot pass by vintage lace or doilies or trim.. but the trouble is, I can never get myself to cut into them! so there they lay.. not used. I'm saving some of your ideas, for the day when maybe I can take that pair of scissors and cut off a snippet here and there..... I love your memory pillow and Miss Begonia. Also, the wreaths made with the old potholders remind me of my mom. she saved those types of potholders as she collected them, and they all hung on a little cup rack in one of her bedrooms. The wreaths are so pretty! Thank you so much for getting me inspired! Marilyn

  14. I loved seeing all the things you have made with your lace and material - you are such a talented and creative woman!

  15. All are beautiful Judy. I love that sweet little pillow with the button flowers very cute. You are so talented my friend. Love all your crafty ideas.

  16. All of your projects are beautiful. You really have a wonderful collection of lace. Thanks so much for sharing all of your projects with us.

    Have a wonderful weekend, judy. Give Bella doggy hus from Lili and Waldo.


  17. ME TOO! I buy them and pack them away:( Sadly I don't have your talent! I remember that settee out of a baby bed and LOVE it still today! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  18. I love vintage linen and lace.
    All this talent and she jumps out of planes too!

  19. Your ideas of using the old lace and crochet pieces are wonderful I don't think I can pick a favorite

  20. Your creations are so lovely! Always an inspiration.

  21. Judy, you have really inspired me to dig out all my old linens that aren't perfect and reuse them. I love all the things you have made. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

    xo Dianne

  22. You are so talented my friend. Love all your crafty ideas.


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