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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thrift store sheets....

....  to make a tablecloth and an apron.

I've had it in my mind for a while to make a housekeeping apron for myself and more recently I decided I wanted a tablecloth for our dining table.  These are wants, not needs, so not a high priority, but just something I browse for when I'm at the thrift store.

A couple days ago, it happened.  Looking through the buy/sell/swap page, there was a listing for 2 king size flat sheets and a super single fitted sheet for $7.  Two solids and a geometric print.  That'll do!  Sold!!

This afternoon, with a movie playing to keep me company, I've been cutting and hemming the red geometric print to be a table cloth.  We have a round dining table, but I've decided to cut it square for more versatility.  And I'll shop for some clear vinyl to put over it so it doesn't have to go into the washer after each and every meal. (You know how it is eating with a little one at the table.  :) )

I'm quite please with how it's turned out.

Tomorrow, I'll spend some time looking through the patterns I've saved on my pinterest board and make a plan to either wing it and design my own pattern for the apron or spend the bucks on buying a pattern.  Actually making it will be a project for either Tuesday or Thursday.

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  1. The tablecloth came out great! I can't wait to see the apron!

    Machines and I do not generally get along, and I have not had very happy relationships with my two previous sewing machines, but I keep wondering if it might be time to try again. With everything being available online, I could teach myself how to use it and care for it now. This kind of post inspires me further :-) I need an apron for cooking (used old baggy shirts in Maine). If I made one myself, it would be done by now! I've looked in vain for an appropriate baggy shirt in the charity shops!

    Anyway, well done!

  2. Thanks, Shari!

    While I've always had a sewing machine in my home, sewing projects come and go for me. Right now my biggest challenge is having a little one under foot, but that will get easier with time. Husband helped out yesterday by taking her for an outing so I had uninterrupted sewing time.... very relaxing for me.