Repurpose: Vintage linens ... | the ReFab Diaries
What to do with vintage linens? 

Dottie Angel has, literally, written the book on Granny Chic.  The blog is a visual feast ... it will convince you to alter your aesthetic accordingly and cover your world in vintage linens.

If nothing else, her blog sent me looking for ways to upcycle and repurpose vintage linens, sheets, pillow cases, hankies etc.  I think I found some awesome last-minute, upcycled Mother's Day gifts! 

The Dottie Angel "hangy-me-jigs" pictured above inspired the Ashley Anne mobile below ...  Read on for another 24 things to do with old linens: 

I just came to say Hello...!  How to wrap words in vintage linens at A Cuppa and a Catch Up

How to upcycle an old frame... care of Fresh and Fun. 

Show off embroidered vintage linens by turning them into embroidery hoop art.  

A beautiful old sheet becomes a tent ... yup. 

Be inspired by Creative Musings and turn vintage embroidery into custom buttons.

Turn vintage linen into reusable cocktail napkins care of Design Sponge 

Spruce up basic file folders with vintage fabric ... 

Cover hangers and bracelets .... Image via GrassrootElegance ...  How to at CorrieBerryPie. 

A little granny chic pendant care of Doe c Doe.  

Vintage sheets are so often wonderfully floral.  So turn them into a bouquet of flowers.  A no-sew version, or one with a little sewing

My contribution! I fell in love with this sheet when it spotted it on Etsy and wanted to display it. So, it's now my shower curtain. Instructions here.

Ah, hankies.  They're still around and... ummm... well... here's a great idea for using them for something else.

Beautiful curtains from Maggie and Sparrow

A beautiful, colorful mobile created for a feature on The Vintage Sheet blog.  Yes... such a thing exists!

Make vintage hankie burp cloths for a parent-to-be.  Yes, s/he'll use them.

Or refashion a too-short-tshirt and pretty hankies into a dress!

This wonderfully ironic hankie-tissue-holder from Beach Vintage makes me smile (great tutorial!)

Another curtain idea... this time specifically hankies. Look easy to make right? (source)

Love this sweet hanky pillowcase! Via.

Or a screen made using beautiful hankies? (via

Turn vintage linens into reusable gift bags ... via Etsy.    

Wrap vintage linen strips around clothes-line "wire" and create a fabric bowl .... how to here ... image via Junie Moon.

Spring table runner from vintage linens ... DIY care of  Flamingo Toes

Or this one by Dottie Angel, that combines linens and lace.

DIY crib bedding made from thrifted fabric, vintage napkins, old sheets and a repurposed bed skirt! You need to click through and look at the whole nursery

Finally, take all the ideas above and makeover a room for a little girl ... check out the chair recover (not pictured).   And, if you want MORE ... be sure to check out this beautiful round up of crafts using vintage hankies and scarves from Dishfunctional Designs.

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