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« on: April 05, 2004 08:47:02 PM »

My mom was going to throw out her sewing patterns from the 80s because they are hideous and she will never make the items again but I had to save some of them. Something about the tissue of the patterns and the pretty black lines..maybe Im just nuts who knows. Anways was wondering if you gals had any ideas of possible uses. I know decoupage but want something more fun and exciting. Maybe decoupaging something other than a box or table??

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2004 08:51:45 PM »

I am a huge Trading Spaces fan, and on one show they glued a bunch of old patterns in the entryway and the closet of a bedroom.  It looked so cool, although the people who's room it was weren't too keen on it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2004 06:34:51 AM »

 you could use the tissue paper to wrap homemade sewn gifts....if the models on the package are retro-cool you could cut them out and decoupage them somewhere...
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2004 03:57:17 PM »

if the models on the package are retro-cool you could cut them out and decoupage them somewhere...

if only the models looked cool...hehe its 80's stuff like business woman type outfits. not retro enough yet... i like the present idea. gotta make some presents. Smiley
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2004 02:54:38 PM »

I would use the pictures on the pattern envelopes to make magnetic dolls. I can't part with my old patterns at all but someday I might use the patterns to decoupage on my old dress form. I have used pattern pieces from old patterns to adapt to new patterns also.
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2004 08:20:47 AM »

Several things I have seen: deco'd to a picture frame, used as a background for scrapbooking/collage, used as tissue in the bagged presents, book covers...

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2004 04:20:38 PM »

I collect old patterns from the 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's etc.  The reason I do this is because I constanly develope ideas from these patterns. But if I find something I can't work with then I modify it.  A raglan sleeve on a dress from the 80's can become a regular sleeve of something I'm developing.

Also try, using the tissue paper for stuffing of other projects.  Window covering, adhereing to glass with glass wax. Lampshades decopage.  Tissue for Presents, sewn at home.  wrapping glass when moving, tracing paper, watercolor or markers can enhance the brown & black.  
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