Vintage Charm Bracelet

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Design your own charm bracelet using discarded bits and pieces of vintage jewelry often found at flea market jewelry vendor booths. Even the smallest pieces can make an eye-catching accessory.

Materials

  • Vintage jewelry pieces
  • Chain with clasp
  • Jump rings

Tools

  • Jewelry tools: pliers; wire cutters

    Examples of Flea Market Jewelry Pieces

Directions

STEP 1

Gather all jewelry parts. Cut chain to fit wrist. Use pliers to reattach jump ring at one chain end.

STEP 2

Add jump rings to jewelry pieces as desired.

STEP 3

Open all jump rings and jewelry pieces and attach charms evenly-spaced to chain.

Tip

  • Add a photo or monogram charm for a more personalized design.

by Rebekah Meier

Vintage Button Bracelets

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Showcase favorite vintage buttons with these darling bracelets that may be paired with any outfit. Whip one up anytime for a perfect last-minute gift.

 Materials

  • Strong thread (waxed linen or nylon), 2 yds.
  • Vintage buttons, 6-10
  • Vintage or new beads in pearl tones, or sparkling vintage crystals, 6-10

Tools

  • Micro crochet hook, size 7.5
  • Glue or clear nail polish

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Lay out buttons and beads and determine pattern for bracelet. Choose one button, perhaps a bit larger than others, for toggle closure.

STEP 2

Tie knot at thread end to keep beads and buttons from falling off. String beads and buttons onto thread and slide them down so you have one yard of thread to work with. Place toggle button on thread first so it will be the last button stitched. Use buttons with shanks or holes. If using buttons with holes, bring thread up through bottom of button, then back through other hole. If button has four holes, only pass thread through twice.

STEP 3

Crochet approximately 16 chain stitches, and pick up first stitch to form a loop. Test to be sure toggle button fits through hole. If not, undo loop and add several stitches until button easily passes through, but without being too loose.

STEP 4

After loop is complete, add two more chain stitches, and slide first bead or button down to stitches and make next chain stitch with bead or button encased in thread.

STEP 5

Do three to four chain stitches between each bead and button. If bracelet is too long or short, just pull out the chain without undoing loop, and add or subtract stitches. A standard bracelet length is 7-1/2” long.

STEP 6

When finished, wrap thread around stitch of final button, tie two knots and snip excess thread. Apply dab of clear nail polish or glue to secure knot.

by Maryellen Kim

Vintage Pillowcase Shirt

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At first glance, you’d never guess this shirt is made from a vintage pillowcase! Search flea markets or garage sales to find pillowcases with pretty patterns or embroidery.

Materials

  • Vintage pillowcase
  • Double-fold bias tape, 1/4”, 48” length
  • Non-roll elastic, 1/2” wide, chest measurement at armpits minus 1”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Safety pin

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: Measurements are approximate. Adjust lengths as needed for desired size.)

1. Wash and dry pillowcase. Place pillowcase on flat work surface. Cut 11” from closed end.

2. Fold under raw edges 1/4”; press.

3. Fold edges again 1-1/4”; press to form top hem.

4. Topstitch around pressed edges 1” from fold. Leave 2” opening to insert elastic.

5. Use safety pin to thread elastic through casing. Overlap elastic 1/2” and stitch to secure. Check for proper fit before continuing.

6. Place any protruding elastic into casing; sew opening closed. Set shirt aside.

7. For straps, cut two 24” bias tape lengths. Machine-sew zigzag stitch down center of each strap.

8. Straight stitch strap to inside, front of shirt, 4” from armpit. Repeat for remaining strap. Knot ends.

9. Tie straps around neck.

by Lisa Bychowski

Victorian Sachets

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Who looks forward to laundry day? It’s the lucky crafter who knows that with every load she’ll have another dryer sheet for making these sweetly-scented sachets!

Materials

  • Recycled fabric softener sheets, two
  • Victorian-themed rub-on transfers of choice
  • Trim of choice, 14” length
  • Pearl string, 3mm, 7” length

Tools

  • Rose petals, lavender buds, or scented batting (filler)
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Sewing machine with matching thread
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, needle

Directions

Sizes

Sizes shown are 2-1/2” square and 2-1/2”x4”. (Note: Materials listed are for one sachet only.)

Sachet

1. For small sachet, cut three 3-1/2” squares from fabric softener sheets and one 3-1/2” square from iron-on adhesive. (Note: For large sachet, cut same number 3-1/2”x5” rectangles instead.)

2. Fuse iron-on adhesive to one fabric softener sheet square/rectangle; remove paper backing. Apply rub-on transfer to adhesive side of sheet; fuse additional sheet on top of design.

3. With right sides together, sew fused sheets to remaining sheet with 1/4” seam, leaving one side open. Turn right side out; stuff with filler of choice.

4. Turn under raw edges and stitch closed. Hand sew trim around edges. Tie bow from pearl string; stitch to sachet.

5. Apply light coat of varnish over design. Let dry.

Tip

  • Add a drop or two of scented essential oil to batting.

Other Options

  • Embellish sachets with fabric paint.
  • Create different shaped sachets.

by Yvonne Lord