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1  kids ribbon shirts from vintage material in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by wryly on: September 03, 2016 06:20:00 PM
recently, my SIL's 95 year old mother moved into a retirement home. My sister and I helped with packing up the house that she had lived in for almost 50 years. The woman was quite the pack rat! At least she knew what she wanted to keep for her new place. You would not believe the amount of stuff that was given away. Lucky for me she said to help myself to whatever I wanted. I limited myself to a couple coffee tables and some of her craft/sewing stuff.
And some old bedsheets - - bought from the Hudson's Bay Company (I think. Or maybe Eatons?) in 1967 - Canada's Centennial year, that feature Indigenous people. Apparently this pattern was given the ok from one of the Indigenous groups at the time.

I got 3 flat sheets, 2 pillowcases and 1 torn fitted sheet. (I used that to make a blanket for my hand drum).

Last week my sister wanted to make ribbon shirts for our grand niece and nephews. Since we didn't have money to buy more material we dove into the stash. And came up empty. Then, on my shelf in the sewing room, I saw the sheets. I volunteered a couple for the cause. We got 3.5 shirts out of 2 sheets: size 4, 5, and 2 adult XS. Ribbon came from the stash.

this shirt is one of the adult XS - the front is from the bed sheet, the back is some chambray we found in the scrap basket. Because our nephew is autistic we didn't want the ribbons to hang loose as they could overstimulate him - so everything is sewn flat. The cuffs and hem are double fold bias tape.



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2  Table runner in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wryly on: November 30, 2013 07:41:58 AM
This is a table runner I made for a Thanksgiving project at school.
The project was to show what we were thankful for - - it could be any type of craft. I chose to sew a table runner (or wall hanging) using old neck ties.
The ties belonged the late father of a friend of mine. I was helping my friend arrange to donate his father's clothing and it seems that in every drawer or closet in the house were his neck ties. I put them aside thinking that I'd put them all together in one bag to donate. Well - I got one HUGE garbage bag of ties. I swear this man never threw anything away! And, apparently, neither can I. I asked my friend what to do with the ties and he said to donate them; but I couldn't bring myself to do it. So I took them home and they sat in a closet for 6 years. Last year I took them all out, tore them apart and washed & ironed them thinking that I'd make a quilt and pillow shams for my friend.
During the washing and ironing process I thought that maybe a quilt was too big of a project - - seeing as I don't sew. So I decided to start small - with mug rugs or something. My sister suggested a table runner since something small like a mug rug might get too frustrating. I picked out some ties I remembered him wearing and she helped me with the project. Sewing with polyester is harder than you think!
I joined the ties, stitched in the ditch to attach to the batting. the backing, border and fringe were hand sewn.

table runner 1

table runner 2
sorry for the crappy lighting!



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