Remember a few weeks ago I posted pics of a bunch of vintage calendar towels I found at a thrift store? I waffled between preserving them or repurposing them, and received many nice comments encouraging me to turn them into something new.
Gosh, did this kick off a whole new obsession for me! Actually, more like, it rekindled an old flame.
I used to love sewing. Before I had my gals I used to make quilts – bed size, wall hanging, you name it. When dear daughter #2 came along, I happily converted my sewing room into a nursery, the sewing machine ended up in a closet, and I was in mommy-mode for a long time, only pulling out the machine occasionally to make some placemats, Halloween costumes, or water bottle bags.
Lately the kids have needed me less, what with one of them driving now, and I’ve been moping on the couch every night surfing Pinterest with nothing to do. *sniffles*
But lo! I found a whole slew of vintage calendar towels in a thrift store and a new idea was born: pull out the sewing machine, wreck one corner of the kitchen, and try my hand at making small projects. You know, zipper pouches, grocery bag dispensers, dish drying mats, things like that.
And where are we now, a few weeks in? I’ve opened an Etsy shop! What? Where did that come from? I know, another one of my kicks and we’ll see how long it lasts, but for now I’m having fun and that’s what matters.
So here are the first few creations from the vintage calendar towels, the first of which I didn’t feel bad about cutting up because it had a few spots. I just cut around the spots and came up with these zipper pouches:
Here’s the flip side of these two bags:
They’re about 6″ x 8″ if I remember correctly. Those two are listed in my Etsy shop, but this next one is just for me:
This one is tiny, about 2″ x 3″, and is very cool because it includes my birthday 🙂 I use it to keep earbuds in my purse from getting all tangled.
Next I made a lanyard from the 1990 colonial house towel, but it came out awful. Really awful. It ended up so thick because of all the layers that are inherent to making a lanyard that it wouldn’t fit under my sewing machine’s presser foot. I had to finish it by hand and ugh. I’m not even showing it to you. I do still have the little houses and trees from the bottom of that towel and will turn them into something, so not a total loss.
Moving right along, one of the peanut butter towels became a much-needed plastic bag dispenser that now hangs inside my pantry:
And that’s it so far for the calendar towels, because guess what happened next? I rediscovered a favorite, fabulous haunt which I’d not visited in many, many years.
The fabric store.
Oh! The fabric store! I’d forgotten how lost you can get just looking at all the beautiful fabrics. And y’all, there’s a Joann Fabrics not far from my office, a Hobby Lobby near my home, and a quilt shop in between! I’ll even confess to letting fabric shopping cut into my junkin’. Gasp!
Here are a few other items I’ve made from some of the new fabrics I’ve been unable to resist:
Clockwise from top right we have:
- a dish drying mat
- flannel lunchbox napkins (which are my new favorite thing in life because I NEVER remember to buy paper napkins at the grocery store so we never have any)
- a zipper pouch with foxes wearing scarves… foxes wearing scarves!
- a book sleeve
- a grocery bag holder with surprisingly realistic chocolate-covered strawberries
I’ve made a few pencil cases for my gals and their friends, a wallet for myself, and today I’m going to try to knock out some more of those flannel lunchbox napkins.
One of the best things is that DD#2, the one whose nursery used to be my sewing room, asked me to teach her to sew and now she’s cranking out the cutest stuffed plushies you’ve ever seen! (That’s stuffed animals in teenager terms)
But what about junkin’ Dawn?
I have nothing to show you, sadly. I have hit the thrifts a few times recently but found nothing of interest, and am doing better about not letting empty-hand-syndrome get the best of me. Hopefully I’ll have something cool and olde to show you soon.
Until next time, y’all stay safe (at the time I’m writing this there are hurricanes, earthquakes, and major fires happening here in North America so prayers and blessings to all those affected!) and hey, if you’d do a sister a favor, visit my new Etsy shop and maybe share something on Facebook or Pinterest for me?
And as always, happy junkin!