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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired Americana

I am not typically a decorator for Independence day but I recently made an Anthropologie inspired tablecloth that fit the bill nicely.
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It consisted of an old tablecloth I already had and a bag of fabric scraps.
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The fabric scraps were leftover bits of bliss from the 1940’s and 50’s that I had received from my grandmother and couldn’t bear to throw away.
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The tablecloth was a pretty cotton damask that had been purchased years ago at a flea market. As a favorite it had been used over and over and was really ready for the scrap bag or in desperate need of a makeover.
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I took an old queen sized cotton top sheet and tore strips that were 3 1/2” wide. The length was way to long as you can clearly see.
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Strips of colored fabric approximately 3” in length were cut. The widths varied between 1” and 1 1/2”. The fabric was then pinned onto the white cotton strip. Now I know you are all are thinking, “THIS WOMAN IS INSANE.” Yes, I am. But I am also a mom whose son has a 45 minute swim practice everyday. His weekly swim meets average about 3 hours. That’s a lot of time to be sitting around thinking about the mother of the year award I will be receiving for supporting him while it’s 115 degrees in Phoenix. I had to humble myself somehow. :)
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Onto the sewing machine. I first sewed the colored strips onto the white strip with a wide zig zag stitch. I then sewed a long basting stitch down the center of the fabric. I used red thread for contrast. My machine does not have an automatic ruffler so it was then time to pull and gather, pull and gather until I wanted to throw the whole mess into the waste basket.
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I pinned the ruffled strips onto the tablecloth. I found that it was actually easier to do this with the tablecloth on the table. I just kept switching seats as I pinned. I then sewed a basic stitch attaching the ruffled strip onto the tablecloth.
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After the sewn cloth was placed on the table I covered the worn center with a smaller fabric topper that had had a few stains on it. The stains were covered up by hand sewing on a few coordinating fabric yo~yo’s.
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As I finished this tablecloth yesterday I began to think about to the upcoming 4th of July holiday. I recalled that there were a few leftover embellished straws from the 70’s Soiree. With a quick clip they were transformed to  look a bit like sparklers and into the floral arrangement they went.
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Some red, white and bluetiful candy make for festive centerpiece.
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Since we are celebrating our independence from England, I thought it was appropriate to break out the English red transferware. Each napkin was embellished with a few of the fabric broaches I made back in February.
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This Sunday we’ll be having bbq'd chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and corn on the cob. Who’s bringing the blueberry pie?
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Be blessed,


Debby said...

So your new banner as well. Good luck in the contest. I voeted and will again.

The Tablescaper said...


This is an amazing project! It turned out so well and I can really appreciate the time you had to contemplate it's design. I'm so glad it's summer so I can stop feeling like a bus driver!

It's such a gorgeous cloth. I hope you enjoy using it on many occassions.

Hope you'll come and join my weekly meme, "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU!

- The Tablescaper

Jen T said...

Laura I absolutely LOVE this tablecloth and the whole tablescape! I don't normally do anything special for July 4th but I might change that now!! JenT

Christina's Creative Side said...

Cuuuute tablescape! I love what you did with the tablecloth! Thanks for the visit to my blog last week. :)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love the tablecloth!!! So adorable!

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

I love this tablecloth! What a clever way to use your grandmother's fabric. And I wouldn't wait until July 4th I would use it several times - even at Christmas it would be pretty.

Tins and Treasures said...

I love the tablecloth. I used to get so much done at swim meets too...stitching, stuffing, knitting, crocheting...

It seems I accomplished more then, because I was held 'captive' either in the car or at the meet!
Give your son a hug for me. My girls are away at college now.

Have a relaxing Sunday ~Natalie