Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: The Return of the Thrift

It's Nifty Thrifty time again! This week is all about thrifted textiles. Sheets, curtains, pillowcases, and fabric are plentiful and cheap at thrift stores. Check out some of the neat sheets and curtains I've gotten:

I love the polka dots on this coupled with the bright flowers. This is definitely getting made into a skirt or dress.

I'm not even sure what this is, there's some weird ruffly bit around the edges. I love the color and pattern though.

I think these are curtains, there are ruffles on one edge but they're made out of what feels like lightweight canvas. I love the pattern though, it's all gnomes and woodland creatures. I think this will make great totes and pillows.

Ha ha, remember those things that were around before mp3 players? Yeah, me neither.

If you sew, thrifted sheets are a great source of super cheap fabric. A flat sheet offers close to five yards for less than $5. Using pre-made items also give you the advantage of having finished edges, which means less time finishing seams or making hems. My ingenuity is a direct result of my laziness and hatred of hemming. I seriously hate hemming.

I've made several small quilts using squares cut from thrifted sheets. The white and yellow floral above is from a thrifted sheet.

The creamy orange stripe, yellow tulips, and larger scale floral on the quilt above are all thrifted. The larger scale floral was a pillowcase and one of my favorite finds; I love the grey background with the springy oranges and greens. I've used it to make a fabric belt too.

If you're so inclined, you can make your own fabric belt. even if you're not inclined, do it anyway. It's super duper easy. You can check out the tutorial I posted here.

My skirts is made of curtains, it's like Sound of Music up in here. I seriously love these curtains and their amazing ugly 70-ness. I have a serious soft spot for horrible seventies things. I may have scared my friend by freaking out about avocado green flocked wallpaper in a random furniture store in Gastonia, NC. (If you've never been to Gastonia, first of all, congratulations. Also going there is like time travel but not in a good way. But there's an gigantamous fabric store and kitschy mini golf, so it's pretty much worth it.)

You can also use thrifted sheets and curtains as what they were intended to be, if you want to be all boring and stuff. The curtains in my craft room are thrifted and I love the bright colors and florals. Fellow Crown Town Handmade member Amanda offers cute sets with coordinating pillowcases and sheets. You can check out the sets at Verabelle's Attic. I love the look of coordinating but not matching linens, it's a much more interesting and personalized look.

That's it for this week. I'll probably post again next Saturday or something.


  1. For somebody as audacious as you are, nobody can tell whether you're going on the thrift side if based solely on what you wear.

  2. I am going through this post and thinking of it’s theme and trying to understand what is this post about.