Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Something Old, Something New Again!




Something totally magical happened as I was about to construct another tote bag from a painter's drop cloth the other day. When I say magical, I do not mean fairy dust and bip-a-dee bop-a-dee boo! Let me explain....

I did not have enough of the last drop cloth to cut out another bag so I began cutting into a new, much larger drop cloth. This is when I discovered that not all drop cloths are created equally even though both were labeled 10 oz cotton.


The canvas on the bottom was used to make the polka dot bag posted HERE. You can see that it is smoother and finer. The canvas on the top is "nubbier."

After this particular cloth was washed, dried and ironed it had a much heavier but softer feel to it, more nubby too, if you know what I mean and it looked very similar to the fabric used to make my husband's Revolutionary War reenactment clothing. AHA! This will work perfectly as a canvas to create a tote using my vintage linens and doilies!



See the "nubs?" LOL! 

It looks a bit like a vintage collage on a tote bag! This took me two days to construct because I could not decide how to lay it all out. I didn't want it to be symmetrical or perfect and it's really hard to purposely create imperfection! Oddly enough, there are times when I am looking for perfection and it can be totally elusive! For this project I was looking for what I call "perfect imperfection'........and it was not easy folks! I think I eventually arrived at the look I was going for.....


The texture of this fabric is wonderful! I can see a million different projects ahead of me.....ok, well maybe not quite a million! My point is that I have found material with project potential!!!!


This may well be my new favorite bag! Mixing whites, with creams and ecru....well what could be more up my alley? If you follow me regularly, you know that I love these colors and they blend effortlessly to create an accessory that could easily be used with an outfit of any these colors! Throw some vintage lace, hand crocheted doilies and embroidered linens into the pot and you have one very happy creator!


Here are some close ups of the details!  The pockets were added purely for looks though two of the three pockets are partially functional. The third is sewn closed with a doily over it. Inside is generous pocket space!


See the texture....


This is the pocket that is sewn shut. Here is the back side....




The back side is accented only by the other half of a vintage, embroidered linen luncheon napkin that was used on the front. Which brings me to the inside! I love, love the inside!

To line the bag, I wanted to use vintage fabric but the prints I had did not look right. The lining also had to be lightweight because the main fabric is on the heavier side and let's face it, who wants to carry around anymore weight than we have to with a tote? Another AHA moment!

Remember that stack of vintage pillowcases I purchased? 


I deconstructed two beautiful vintage percale pillowcases and removed the lace edging. Then I cut the lining pieces from the opened up pillow cases. I sewed in a pocket that runs the width of the bag (but I used a fleece interfacing on the pocket for some sturdiness) I then edged the pocket with the lace edging.


This is not exactly the best photo of the inside of the bag but you can see the edging  and the pocket. I divided the pocket into two smaller pockets on each side of a larger center pocket. 
It looked exactly as I imagined and while I was ironing it, it smelled like it had just come off the clothesline as they had been recently laundered! Aromatherapy too!

So my reluctance to cut into more of my stash of beautiful vintage linens has been made easier by finding just the right background for such projects. (that's the magic!) This fabric would make gorgeous throw pillows, ruffled tablecloths, curtains and bedspreads, table linens.

 For grins and giggles I placed the drop cloth on my bed (which is only a full-sized bed) and the width was perfect. The length was a bit too long but with a hem it would be perfect. I am imagining ruffles....lots of ruffles! 

Definitely a perfect fabric for cottage, beachy, shabby-chic and many other styles of decor! It makes me want to run out to my favorite antique shop looking for just the right linens for another project--not that I don't have enough linens already!


Have a lovely day friends and thanks for visiting!


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24 comments:

  1. This is the prettiest one you've ever made! I love all of the crochet trims and pockets. It's gorgeous! I hope you'll make more of these! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Good morning Diane!
      Thank you so much! It was a fun project! I plan to make more. xo
      Linda
      ps have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh, oh, OH!! I am so in love with this tote bag, Linda! I agree with Diane, I think this is the prettiest bag that you've made. Beautiful work, sweet friend. May you have a fantastic weekend.

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Hello Stephanie,
      Thank you!!!! Once I had the pieces gathered and determined the layout, it was so much fun to put together! I hope you have a delightful weekend! It's gorgeous here! xo
      Linda

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  3. This is beautiful in every way, all of the detail, trims and crochet, you are really on to something with this bag-hum...any chance you would consider making a pillow or two ??
    Warmest of Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you Jemma! Funny you mentioned pillows as I am going to make a,couple for my porch. I will let you know how they come out! Are you talking about stuffed pillows or pillow forms and covers? Have a great weekend!
      Xo
      Linda

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  4. THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!! :) Where do you buy your painters drop cloth fabric? I want to try one. :)

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    1. Hi Nikki,Thank you for your kind comment! I purchased the drop cloth at Home Depot. It is very large, 10 oz cotton and cost about $35. There are smaller ones if you want to try it out first. You will need to wash, dry and iron before using and because it unravels once cut, you will need to zig zag your cut pieces. Thanks again,
      Linda

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  5. Oh lovely, Linda! Yes, the drop cloths are many and varied, even from the same company. I learned that making the drapes in my living room. One window has the fine linen look and the other set of windows the nubby, rustic look. Oh well! Good enough for the room they are in. This tote bag is so darling that I would use it for my purse...oh, yes, I would. The pillowcase lining was inspired, too! Beautifully done.

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    1. Aha Vee, You have experience working with dropcloths! Are your curtains on your blog? I will have to check your archives.....I love the different textures and the natural look of the fabric! Have a lovely weekend, it's so nice here, must be nice where you are too since you aren't that far away! Enjoy Vee! ....and thank you for your lovely comment!
      xo
      Linda

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  6. Hi Linda, wow what a pretty bag you made and I love your new blog design too!

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thank you for stopping by and your positive feedback. I started to change the format of my blog a couple of weeks ago but haven't found the time to finish it, so for the time being it is a work in progress! Thanks so much,
      Linda

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    1. Thank you so much Connie! So nice of you to drop by for a visit. I appreciate it!!! Have a great day!
      Linda

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  8. Hi Linda! I am visiting from Roses of Inspiration...this is just absolutely beautiful. I love the nubbiness of that drop cloth fabric too! You are right...it has such a lovely texture. You have created a thing of beauty here, for sure...such great detail! Enjoy your Tuesday!

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    1. Thank you Debby for visiting my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment! I really appreciate it! Enjoy the week! :)

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  9. Linda, I'm visiting from dear Stephanie's blog today, and I am delighted to see more details of your beautiful bag! I love the old and new items you've used, and oh my, I love the lace and doilies! I am a former quilter (turned stamper), but I so admire and enjoy seeing beautiful work like yours! Hugs!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, happy to meet you through Roses of Inspiration! Thank you very much for your kind words. I love combining old and new! I can see the attraction to stamping. I love to stamp and receved thr cricut explore as a gift. Now I have crafting attention deficit disorder!!! I'll have to stop by your blog! Thank you for visiting mine!
      Linda

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  10. Hi Linda, just love this gorgeous tote. Any treasure with lace just wins my heart! The texture in this drop cloth fabric is so unique and makes it special. Your talents are amazing and everything you design is beautiful. Congrats on your feature at Stephanie's.
    Happy Sewing my friend.
    Blessings, CM

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    1. Hi Celeste,
      Yes, I agree with you on lace! I love the look of lace and all the varieties of lace! It's fun to work with too! Thank you for your kind words Celestina! xo
      Linda

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  11. I just love this vintage looking tote, Linda. The doilies and the fabrics you chose are the perfect choices for the tone on tone effect. It's so dreamy and romantic looking.

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    1. Thank you Kitty! I do love the tone on tone look. I plan to making another one as I have collected quite a few linens. Thanks for dropping by to take a look Kitty! I appreciate it!
      Linda

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  12. All of those textures are so pretty together. I can see this bag being worn from weddings to shopping and I know you would have people stopping you and wanting to look at it. You are so creative!

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    1. Thank you Dewena! Every now and then, for that occasional special event, I have needed a tote bag that didn't look so "every day". Especially when my girls were young. This would have been perfect!
      xo
      Linda

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