Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thrifting Red and White.

My Christmas tablecloth this year was re-purposed from a double Doona/Duvet/Quilt cover. I purchased it from a thrift store and it was in perfect condition - until I got to it!

I was drawn to it because of the red and white colour combo and the striped French/European look I was seeking.  A heavy woven cotton - just perfect, with two sets of red stripes. As the fabric was in one piece (apart from the quilt opening) there was no seam at one end so I was able to lengthen the tablecloth easily without having an unsightly seam down the middle. Trimmed all the edges and hemmed them - a brand new life for a gorgeous piece of fabric.

I had just enough fabric left to make 6 serviettes to go with it. So it was zoom, zoom and more zooming on the sewing machine.

I only wish I had bought the other cover that was right next to it in the store - didn't follow my intuition that day!










 
 I also found these gorgeous linen tea towels.


Frangipani and Tibouchina from the garden this morning. 




Have a fabulous day!

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22 comments:

Ky said...

Oh Pam, such gorgeousness! Really beautiful fabric that you'll get years of use from. Well done!
Love the tea towels too. I love good tea towels. Makes drying the dishes a pleasure instead of a chore then.

So glad to put a face to a name/blog too. xx

marian said...

Still winter here but already looking spring out of the ground almost!!! How great it is to be able to bring in such beautiful flowers from the garen, ah, sweet summertime!
Have a wonderful newyear!
Marian

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Pam,
that fabric is beautiful. I can't believe it was a doona cover ... it looks much better as a tablecloth and napkins.


Clever you ... So thrifty and so French!

Belle Inspirations said...

Sending best wishes your way for 2011, have agreat dayxx

A Treasured Past said...

Wow, gorgeous Pam. Don't you hate that, when you walk away from something and then you think why didn't I buy that??

Its the first day of swimming lessons today and it always brings the cold weather, today no exception. The kids will have to wear a wet suit.

Hope you have a lovely day also. Take care, Tamarax

Alison Gibbs said...

Pam what a great idea for a christmas cloth. Looks like fabulous fabric. Oh lucky you - linen tea towels found while thrifting
Alison

Megan said...

Gorgeous Pam. Very french style.
Great thrift shop find!

The Pink Poodle said...

Hi Pam.....they look beautiful...

I wish i could sew!! clever little lassie...~~

the flowers bring a nice touch to the house..

xx andrea

delia hornbook said...

Morning pam, ohhh what are those gorg flowers called? they are so delicate and pretty. It reminds me that soon spring will be with us. Such a great idea for table cloth it looks great. Happy new year to you. Dee xx

brismod said...

That is very clever. It looks really lovely. Your photos are always so good. xx

La Dolce Vita said...

love your tea towels and is that plumeria? the white flowers? so pretty!

Vintage from the Village said...

Lovely cloths. I cant get enough red at the moment !
Happy new year to you

Jenevieve said...

Great thrift find! They look so pretty! :-) x

Carla said...

HI Pam, what a wonderful Christmas theme.. Love your photos of the details and those beautiful flowers in vases.. Dying for a frangipani.. Carla xx

Inspire Me Heather said...

Hi Pam - just came over from Cozy Little House and it's quite lovely here and your pictures are beautiful!

Blondie's Journal said...

The fabric is just beautiful and you did a wonderful job sewing. I also love the tea towels and pretty flowers. You have been busy!

Visiting you for the first time. You have a lovely blog!

XO,
Jane

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous color combination! Very well done! Enjoy the rest of the week, Kellie xx

Pearl Maple said...

Happy New Year to you.
Red & white is my favorite combination, the colors can be so fresh and welcoming.

That ovlie bread recipe is looking pretty inviting too.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Came to visit on Brenda's recommendation. LOVE your red table linens...very clever :)

Blessings!
Gail

Kym said...

Happy New Year...what a gorgeous piece of fabric. It's always so satisfying when you get to zoom, zoom. Ha ha..Just beautiful XOX

Lounging with a Latte said...

Well done with the table cloth...it looks great. I'm a new visitor to your blog and enjoyed browsing. You take some beautiful photos.

NessaKnits said...

So clever!