Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Framed vintage cutlery

An eclectic mix of antique cutlery in a vintage frame.  This is a unique upcycled combination of vintage cutlery from yesteryear presented on a vintage wooden 8" x 10" frame.  Each piece is unique, with original markings on the cutlery handles, such as "Cafe Waldorf" and "Woolworths". Knife, fork and spoon are affixed to a hardboard backing painted a dark charcoal, and wooden frame is painted cottage white and slightly distressed.  A great DIY project using heirloom or antique store treasures.

I made a number of these framed antique silverware sets with the intention of selling them.  I've listed each set for $30 each.  If you are interested, please let me know.

Pouches from the cuffs of men's shirts

Here is another upcycle project.  Using the cuffs of men's button down shirts, I created a little pouch great for overnight jewelry, coin purse, feminine products or any other purse contents.

Creations with burlap coffee sacks

Burlap coffee sack throw pillows

I was inspired by an online post where a blogger created throw pillows from these authentic bags used to transport the raw coffee beans, including batch and origin markings, and some actually had a few beans left inside.  The coffee sacks were first ironed, then cut 2" larger than the size of the pillow insert. Sew a simple seam around three sides, then install the zipper.  I then ironed the seams flat.

Burlap coffee bag Christmas tree skirt

I think these burlap coffee sacks make such a great conversation piece, and once I got my creative juices flowing, the projects and uses seem endless.  My next project was to create a Christmas tree skirt with the burlap coffee bags. I estimated the size of the finished product in terms of diameter (45"), then cut a piece of Christmas wrapping paper to this size (45"diameter).  I cut a hole for the tree in the middle.  I then used this as a template or pattern to cut the burlap. There are two options, you can either use one single coffee sack and cut it into a 45" large circle with a hole in the middle OR you can cut panels from several different coffee sack and sew them together.  I chose the second method because I wanted to showcase as many of the interesting logos and markings as possible.  Sew together the panels and press the seams, then fold over and sew the raw edges around the outside of the piece.

Burlap coffee sack place mats
Using the unprinted sides and ends of the burlap coffee sacks, I cut out rectangle pieces 20" x 14" making sure to cut square to the grain/weave NOT on the diagonal.  I then used some neutral fabric as a backing liner (raw edges folded under, liner finished size: 18" x 12"), affixing it to the back of the burlap by sewing machine.  Once the backing was affixed, I then carefully frayed the edges by pulling out the woven material on the outside edges.  This leaves a 1" fray on all four edges.

Available for purchase

Burlap coffee sack throw pillows
Most are size: 18"x18"
A few pillows are: 15" x 22"
All have feather or down pillow inserts, most have zipper closures
$30 each

Burlap coffee sack christmas tree skirt
45" circumference
Open flap closure
5 panels of coffee sacks sewn together
$60 each

Burlap coffee sack place mats
Finished size: 20" x 14"
Lined with neutral fabric
$8 each

Contact the artisan directly to arrange local viewing and purchase:
Heather Fulcher
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Throw pillows from men's shirts

I found a few men's button down shirts at the local thrift shop, and decided to turn them into throw pillows.  First, measure the pillow insert.  Cut the front and back panel of the shirt about an 1" larger to allow for seam allowance.  Place right sides together and sew together with 1/2" seam allowance.  Instead of trying to align the patterns front and back, I turned the back fabric panel so the patterns ran opposite.