It is ALMOST holiday sale time. Just a couple more hours…purchasing begins at 7 pm Central Standard Time. I really love creating these pieces with vintage fabrics, I am pleased with how they have turned out, and I am really hoping they bring cheer to a lot of homes. If you miss out on an item, I can likely make one similar for you, just reach out. Although there are a couple exceptions in which I don’t have anymore similar fabric.
A couple years ago, I tried out sewing some tiny stockings, they have turned into my most favorite product to sew. I love that some small pieces of old fabric can still be enjoyed in a stocking even if its just the smallest of remnants. I love adding details to each one and then coordinating them into a set. They are somewhat labor intensive, but making them is a very joyful for me :). This round of stockings, for the first time I created stockings with some pieces of vintage wool coverlets. I love the texture and pattern of the material. I added in some sets with blue and red grain sack and vintage fabrics. The price of the sets are $45 for a 3, $85 for 6, $165 for 12, and $335 for 25. The tiny stockings are each about 2 inches wide and 5-7 inches long.
One of my favorite sets, is this large one that was made with vintage French fabric that had a variety of countryside images. This one has 25 tiny stockings and can be used as an advent calendar. This is fabric that I no longer have any more of, although I hope to get my hands on something similar soon, I can’t make any promises that I would be able to recreate something similar to this:
For bigger stockings, I tried using the vintage coverlets again. The patterns and color of the this fabric is very lovely. They are each about 17.5 inches long and $59 a piece. There are couple stockings of the same size thrown into the collage that were made from vintage French fabric that I purchased in Paris. I also love the tones of the red/pink and think they are perfect pop of color for the holiday.
This year, I purchased some grain sacks from a new Etsy shop. The calligraphy is something remarkable. I have been saving them for months to use a large stockings (measuring 20-22 inches long) and a tree skirt. Each stocking is $125.
The writing and the depiction of the horse that is used in the tree skirt is very unique. I believe the writing is some form of CHRIST, I loved that. It was a pleasure working with this fabric. I used remnants of other grain sacks to complete this tree skirt that measures approximately 54 inches across. The price for this piece is $425.
Finally I added a variety of pillow slips to the sale. A couple have a gold zipper closure on the side, a new detail that compliments the fabric. The price for these range from $49-109.
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Hello!! It has been a while since I have restocked my online shop. I took some time off for my family and then I was dealing with a broken sewing machine. Such is life. Anyway, the day is TODAY. Purchasing can begin at 7 pm CENTRAL STANDARD TIME (time zone are confusing). It is absolutely not my favorite to offer one of kind goods in a panic shopping setting, I hate when customers miss out. I have been there before as a customer, the thrill can be exciting, but it is disappointing if you don’t get what you had your eye on. But a timed release is the best I can do to offer everyone a fair shot. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS extend to offer to make something similar just for you if you miss out. Without further adieu…the products:
I have been noticing these cute belt bags that are quite popular nowadays. I found one online from one of my favorite retailers and was about to buy it when I realized it didn’t have a pocket that had a zipper on it. I really wanted that to hold important things tight. It got my wheels turning and I thought I would give it go at making them. It took some trial and error. But I am quite pleased with the end result. I will be offering these 5 belt bags during the sale, each comes with an extra belt just in case its needed. They can be worn around the waist or slung over the shoulder. They are perfectly imperfect handmade items that are practical.
REVERSIBLE FRENCH GRAIN SACK PILLOW SLIP
I purchased a French grain sack from one of my favorite Etsy shops, French Vintage Retro. I love a long lumbar pillow with writing, so that was always my plan with the sack. When I opened it up I found that there was writing on both sides. I didn’t want to waste an opportunity to use both sides so I made the pillow slips reversible. And I was able to get two pillows out of the sack. They have an envelope closure in the back. The fabric of the grain sack is a bit coarser, the texture is somewhere between linen and burlap. But it is not burlap, just coarser linen. I wouldn’t want to take a nap on it, but it is great for decor. This pillow slip is sold without the insert to offer affordable shipping. For the insert I just a king size pillow and smash it in there. It does take a bit of elbow grease and maneuvering, but in the end you have a lovely plump pillow. The slips measures approximately 35 by 16 inches.
LONG GRAIN SACK LUMBAR PILLOW SLIPS
I am loving a long lumbar pillow. My talented friend, Jenni Yolo, of I spy diy has used several of my lumbar pillows for her room makeovers, and if she likes them, then I must make more…these grain sack lumbar pillow slips are approximately 16 by 35 inches. Again, I use a king size pillow insert with a little bit of a workout I stuff it into the slip. These are offered without the insert to save on shipping costs.
SQUARE GRAIN SACK PILLOW SLIPS
I loved that I got to work with these beautiful grain sack fabrics. The caramel colored grain sack is the same fabric I used for the recent sofa redo. It makes me happy. And the navy striped grain sack is so unique with the varying thickness of stripes. The backs are modern linen with a button closure. There are two of each offered and they are all approximately 17 inches square. I recommend a 18 inch pillow insert for them.
FRENCH TOILE PILLOW SLIPS
I love charming French toile. I especially love the toile that has country scenes of average people. The detail is incredible and tells a story. It makes me happy to see these pictures of families depicted in ways in which I interact with my family and these were created decades and decades ago. I love the normalcy of it, but it is also fairytale like too. Anyway…I got my hands enough toile to make 3 pillow slips for this sale. Some I purchased in France at the flea market and some off Etsy.
VINTAGE RUG PILLOW SLIPS
I purchased a beautiful vintage rug from a local seller. I love the tones of the color and designs of it. I thought using the rug to make pillow slips out it would create a special design element that could be used in more ways than just as a rug on the floor. I believe this a wool rug so its not cuddly, but it definitely works for a throw pillow. These square pillow slips measure about 19 inches and the back is modern day linen with a button closure.
FRENCH VALANCE PILLOW SLIPS
I found this buffalo check fabric that was a remnant of a vintage French valance while I was perusing Etsy. I love a scalloped edge. I think these pillow slip turned out cute with a bottom of handwoven hemp linen and back of coordinating modern day linen. They measure approximately 16 inches square.
VINTAGE COVERLET PILLOW SLIPS
These blue vintage coverlets have always caught my attention. When I found one while shopping a flea market, it was a quick sale. This coverlet has lived a life. It has some imperfections from wear, I reinforced these and patched some spots. But it still is so lovely. I love the deep navy blue. I also love repaired fabric, it’s a sign it was worth the effort. The slips measure about 19 inches square.
NEEDLE POINT TOTE BAGS
Needlepoint is so charming and the amount of work that goes into is something to celebrate. These two pieces really caught my eye. The detail of the woman in the needlepoint is incredible and I love the feeling that the lake cottage scene gives me. The lady tote was finished off with vintage European hemp linen, while the cottage scene is complimented with vintage striped French linen. The interior of both is hand-woven hemp linen.
GERMAN GRAIN SACK TOTES
Tote bags are useful and I like it when they are cute. I used a well loved, rustic German grain sack to create two tote bags. This fabric is really soft and I love the movement of it. It does have patches, repairs, and some stains, all signs that the fabric been loved and appreciated. It also takes the pressure off of keeping it super clean :).
Here is the latest round of small hand purses that will be listed. I love them all. I especially love the scene of the Shepard with a church in the back ground.
Just a small reminder that, unfortunately none of the prices include shipping. Thank you for stopping by!!
The past couple of weeks I have been getting some new projects done to list for this sale that is happening today (purchasing begins at 8 pm CST :)). One of the projects that is a new one for me is a grain sack mattress cushion. My friend Jenn, who owns the shop Anthology Home pointed out these sweet French ticking stripe mattress cover cushions that people are using to add to benches and sofas. When I looked more into them, they seemed to come in a very similar size to a grain sack. My creative wheels started turning and I tried combining the grain sack with a matress cover idea. I was immediately pleased with the result. This sale has three mattress covers listed. I have fabric for two more, and had hoped to get them made before the sale but I ran out of dacron that I use for the padding. So there will be more to come…
One of these mattress covers is made from one side of an antique French Military sack. This is a very unusual sack, I rarely see linen sacks that have French writing, except for the postal sacks. Last month I wrote a blog post about the business owner Wendy who is the mastermind of the shop The Textile Trunk. I linked some of my favorite listings that she currently had in her Etsy shop. I kept thinking of this sack that I linked in the post, I really wanted to work with and have a piece of it in my home. So I ended up purchasing it. I am fairly certain that this is not how bloggers make money, I am new to this, but hey at least my post convinced myself of the value of the item. I saved the other side of the sack for a project for my home.
Another bit that came about from the Textile Trunk and my convincing blogging skills are these pillows that have French eyelet lace trim on them from the 1930s. Now I happened upon this lace in Wendy’s shop while I was doing research for my post, had get some, and I do believe she has more avaliable here. I really love it. I don’t love a lot of ruffles, but this is just the right amount and the light blue horizontal ticking is so charming. It paired with grey toned vintage hemp linen makes me smile.
In this sale there are also four pillows that are made from vintage hemp linen with a grey tone and light blue stripes woven through. The fabric is a bit rustic, but in impeccable condition. I have never seen these colors together and wonder if I will ever find them again, its a pretty special combination. The pillows are backed with some vintage hemp linen that was dyed a steel grey color that fits perfectly with the front fabric. Also the back fabric has a great feel and movement to it. I added three back buttons which make it really cute and it could be turned around and used as the front for a slightly different look.
In addition to the German grain sack pillows made from a sack from 1848, that I wrote about here, this sale offers this pillow made from a vintage German grain sack from 1950. Its unusal to find a sack from the 50s, they are typically late 1800s or early 1900s. Its print is much more modern but I really like it, it kind of has an art deco look to it in my opinion.
In every sale I put on I always think I will be able to make more products than is actually possible. My expectation of what I can accomplish and reality is rarely aligned. But it is all good. There will always be another Penny and Ivy restock sale. The items that I had hoped to get to but didn’t included a couple of foot stools and some lavender sachets made from extra special fabric. They will become completed sometime soon and I will of course let you know.
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