Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Challenge: Vinyl Tablecloth Repurposed

I created a fun challenge for myself last week. I purchased a vinyl tablecloth for $3.50 and I wanted to see how many things I could create from my little purchase. (Just remember you can choose any pattern of tablecloth you want. I picked patriotic because it is almost the 4th of July) Challenges help me get my creative juices flowing and they are a great excuse to make some new treasures. The adventure begins...





Here is the tablecloth I purchased at Big Lots. It was oblong and measured 52" x 70".


1. Table Runner: I cut a section off the tablecloth using my rotary cutter to fit over one of my antique buffets.



2. Snack Bag: Cut two rectangles ...x.... Place right sides together and sew around edge leaving 1/4" seam allowance and small opening. Use small opening to turn fabric inside out. Fold over as shown below.


Stitch around three sides leaving the top open. Velcro or a snap makes a great addition.


I was surprised at what a hit the snack bag was. My son asked if he could use it every day.



3. Outdoor Pillows: I sewed two small pillows up and placed them on a red bench on my patio with my cute armadillo. (Armadillo is the Texas State animal)



4. Pennant: Cut triangles out of tablecloth. I kept the finished seam at the top as shown below. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the flags to white rope.


Here are the flags hanging up. I love how crisp they look without any sewing at all! Looks like we are ready to party.


5. Party Favor Music Makers: I wrapped fabric around toilet paper rolls and hot glued it on.


Then we filled them with beans and tied the ends shut. Shake, shake, shake!!



6. Patriotic Cards: I cut some stars out of the extra fabric and made up several 4th of July cards.





7. Hair Band: I cut out several stars and layered them on top of each other. I sewed a button on top and around a hair band.



8. Baby bib: First I traced around an old bib on two separate pieces of fabric. Cut out and place right sides together. I also cut out a small piece of clear vinyl to serve as a pocket. Pin and sew around edges leaving 1/4" seam allowance. I left a small opening to turn the bib inside out. Next, sew around the edges to finish it off. A snap was added at the top. This is one of my favorites!



9. Popsicle Holders: These can be stitched or made using hot glue. There is a great tutorial at Brown Paper Packages for hot glue. Click here. I just sewed around three edges and turned them inside out. I tried them out and they work even better then I expected.



Well,...that is it!! I am officially out of fabric. Thank goodness!!
  9 projects for $3.50

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13 comments:

  1. AMAZING!!! I am so inspired by this!! What a creative person you are!!! Thank you!!

    Delina
    dewthis.blogspot.com

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  2. I am coming over from Sweet Peas and Bumblebees. I agree what a creative person you are and thrifty, too. Those projects are so cute. I have a food blog, but I sew, quilt, and do crafts so am always looking for new ideas in those areas. Thanks for posting.

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  3. This is a fantastic challenge! Thanks for so many great ideas!

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  4. Great idea to use up all the cloth...nothing wasted and everything's so cute!

    I'm visiting from Ladybird Ln, but IRL I'm a neighbor to the north (an Okie!) :)

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  5. Wow! How great would those vinyl tablecloth pennant banners be to decorate a porch with!? I will be keeping an eye out for tablecloths now : )
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  6. how awesome are you?! new follower & so impressed! come see me -

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  7. Well done! And a nice bunch of finished crafts, too!

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  8. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  9. Do you have any tips on sewing the vinyl? I saw on one sit that you should not sew with a regular machine unless you were sewing it to fabric and kept the fabric next to the feeddog. Did you have any problems?

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    1. I did sew it on my regular sewing machine without any problems. Because it was a table cloth, it was backed with that "white cotton." It was easiest to sew on that side.

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