My mother and both of my grandmothers were accomplished seamstresses. I think they were re-purposing and up-cycling in their day more out of necessity than a choice of style. Hems were let out of dresses just so you could wear them a little longer and seams were taken up so that hand-me-downs fit a little better. Patchwork quilts were made out of cut-up pieces of trousers that could no longer serve their intended purpose. Generations of fabric, zippers, rick rack and buttons were collected because you just never knew what you might need for a project.
In my shop, I sell both Vintage and Handmade items. Many of the vintage fabrics that were collected for three generations are being used for the pillow covers we make. The fabric came from the abundant supply I inherited from my mother and grandmothers. Mrs. B. and I carry on the family tradition of skillfully hand-crafting items with love. Each handmade item has its own story. Much thought and time has been given to each piece. Here are a few of the items that we offer.
Vintage Fabric from the 1950’s – 1960’s This is an Envelope Style Pillow Cover.
Handmade Envelope Style Pillow Cover – Hobo Snowman
Re-purposed from a Red Plaid Flannel Shirt. Buttons unbutton to remove pillow form so cover can be washed.
Sometimes what we started doing out of necessity ends up being done out of an abundance of love!
4 thoughts on “A Family Tradition”
- JAMsCraftCloset| September 4, 2016 at 8:22PM
Love your pillows and the story behind them. Your blog is AWESOME and I love reading your postings. You were meant to blog…
- Gail| September 8, 2016 at 9:59PM
Gorgeous pillows! You have talent.
- Mary-the boondocks blog| September 17, 2016 at 6:08PM
Mrs A, the last part of your post really resonated with me. What starts out as necessity ends up being an abundance of love. I think that is what my blog is also about. I had to save money because of the hardships in this country but now my projects are a labor of love. Thank you for your eloquent words.
- Mrs. A.| September 17, 2016 at 7:56PM
Mary, it’s so nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind remarks. I look forward to hearing from you again.