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Friday, September 18, 2009

Rick Rack Attack

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on a few projects I created with vintage rick rack and seam binding. The madness continues...
I have continued working on the Fashionista's apartment. We had an extremely low budget (think: none) to decorate the space. It has two sets of windows in the living and dining areas. When I found this stack of linen Pottery Barn drapes at Goodwill it was like discovering gold.

I transformed the beige color with a few bottles of dark brown Rit dye and spent hours sewing on vintage rick rack. The cute drapes were just what she wanted for under $15.00.


I also made a curtain to hide the ugly lopsided shelf above the laundry area. (Notice I didn't say "room".) Cabinets would have been nice, but this is a cute alternative if you don't have the budget.


The fun didn't stop there. I decided to get a jump on sewing up a few more cute dishtowels to have on hand for gifts. I began with some towels I found on clearance at Marshalls.


I have also been working on a yo~yo quilt and have eliminated a few of the yo's that didn't really work with the color palette of the guest room. Not wanting to toss these vintage gems I had an "ah ha" moment.



Love the blue.



This towel would make me happy to do dishes~sort of.



I still have some vintage trim in my Etsy shop.



Just think of what you could create!

23 comments :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The curtains turned out gorgeous. The towels are adoreable too. Wow, you really do have a lot of trim. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I'm sure your daughter is so happy to have a mom who can do everything. The draperies are adorable and love how you covered the shelf with those little cuties. Now the towels are so precious! Would you mind if I copied your design? I love the yo yo flowers! How precious!
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

Tamerie Shriver said...

Love the dish towels! Very clever idea and very cute!

jewelstreet said...

Love those tea towels! They're so cute.

Your posts make me want to create something all the time and get my house done so I can do some fabulous decorating. Keep up the inspiring work!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

I loooove Ric Rac!! It is just so simple and cute. Great ideas!!

ceekay said...

Great idea for the curtains. And those towels are adorable! Now, you KNOW we wouldn't use them!!! that's why we have dishwashers...but they would be cute hanging in the kitchen, as if we would use them!!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Thanks for visiting. I have a really fun announcement coming on Oct 1 and a great FREE give-away starting on Monday.
Cheri

Jen said...

Wow how clever. I love those flowers!

Linda said...

Hope Fashionista appreciates all of your creative help :) It's lovely!! I'm always reading your blog and finding helpful creative solutions.. maybe someday I'll have time to impliment some of the techniques in our home.

cwa said...

Those curtains are wonderful. The towels are really cute too. I think rick rack is just precious. Hey, it is just fun to even say rick rack. Thanks for showcasing some great ways to use it.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh those towels are adorable! What a great idea for the draperies. laurie

shraddha/april@theselfloveproject said...

i LOVE ric rac!!

thanks for this!!!

blushing rose said...

What a wonderful idea! I love LOVE the towels, they are gorgeous. You are soo creative.

Have a lovely weekend ... TTFN ~Marydon

Carrie said...

Love the hand towels. The curtains with the rick-rack turned out cute as well. So creative!!

Jorgelina said...

Great idea for the curtains.
I love those flowers!
Hugs

Cat said...

That is gold.. lol ..
Your curtains are gorgeous..
Laura, you are soo very creative..
Hugs..

bettyann said...

just love the towels..such a cute idea..I found a panel of belgian linen at the goodwill..and you have given me some good ideas..pillows with the flowers..

Mimi Sue said...

Don't you love to find treasures like those curtains at the thrift store? Makes my whole week. Great idea over the washer. Mimi

{ L } said...

Wow! I completely LOVE those adorable towels!! My mom has been on a rick rack craze lately too. :)

Thank you for the kind words on my blog too by the way.

Lauren said...

Love your blog...and just wanted to let you know that I left an award for you at http://today-i-pray.blogspot.com

have a great day. Lauren

beyondthepaleblog said...

Your projects are so inspirational! I really enjoy reading your blog, and - I hope you don't mind - but I have linked to a particular post of yours (from last year) on dressing tables and their use in history. This is something I have been writing about in my latest post - with particular reference to an 1890's book called The Ladies Dressing Table:

http://wp.me/B13M

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lovely job on the towels! I don't know if I could bring myself to actually use them :)

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

The curtains look great, but the dish towels are my favorite--adorable!

Thanks for stopping by to say hello!

Amy