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September 22, 2008

Sack Sacks~

I had 4 narrow lengths of vintage tablecloth left over from my grocery sack project, so I used one to make a holder for plastic grocery sacks that still come into the house and get recycled as garbage bags, and one for the veggie/bread type bags that I use for liners in the garbage bags.

These are dead simple. Took me about 2 hours, but I had to stop and give a friend a haircut in the middle of the project. I got the basic pattern here (thank you Annie!) except mine are a different size which was determined by the length I had left, and for the hanger-upper I pulled two old celluloid or bone rings from one of my button jars. They are probably the same age or a little older than the tablecloth was, seemed fitting to me. In the 50's and further back many people had roller shades under their curtains and those roller shades always had pull rings, which most needleworkers promptly dressed up, some gorgeous samples here.

Will you keep your vintage linens in a deep dark closet, or will you let them out to play once again?

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7 comments:

Bizarre Quilter said...

Fantastic! So clever! You have issued a challenge I just can't take at the moment... maybe later?

Pieceful Afternoon said...

Clever - and I like the idea of using the vintage linens once again. I have a big tub full of vintage linens - mostly with embroidery on them, and I want to make a crazy quilt from them one of these days. I can't say "when I have enough" because I think I probably do - so just waiting for the inspiration to hit me hard enough to get started.

Sharyn said...

I've got a book that shows how to make the cutest outfit out of vintage tablecloths...no matter what weight I've ever been at it never seemed right for that :)

As my hope chest pillowcases have worn out over the years I've cut the embroidery off, not thoughts of what to do with that either.

Thanks for stopping by! Sharyn

Bizarre Quilter said...

I never had any linen for my hope chest! I moved out of home to study at Uni and that was that!!! LOL!! I have embroidered tablecloths and stuff since then though.

Numismatist Facts said...

This is giving me a little bit of a chuckle here!

My guess is that now that you have your wonderful grocery sacks you won't need those Sack Sacks! Before making my grocery bags four years ago I would fill up a Sack Sack (I love that name, by the way) about twice a month. Now it is never filled and often is empty.

Oh yes, our minds think alike!

Sharyn said...

I've been reusing the standard grocery sacks for a long time, but I actively glean sacks from friends who would just throw them away ;) My sack sacks will be plump for many years! Sharyn

Bonnie said...

Sharyn -- my sack sack isn't as attracive as yours. But it is functional. I don't use the reusable sacks because of my dog! Thanks for the comment on my blog.

You make me want to hunt down some linens I have from my grandparents. Hum, did they make it in the move or did they go to goodwill? Bonnie.