You know that Spring is really here when you can peg out the washing on the line early in the morning and happily leave it to waft in the blossom-filled breeze all day. Candle makers may seek to emulate that lovely fresh fragrance of newly-laundered linen, but nothing quite compares with the real thing.
With the warmer weather, what all winter has seemed a bit of a washday chore suddenly becomes a real pleasure.
vintage style peg bag sewn from Laura Ashley rubens fabric by handmadebysoo
Today was a day for staying indoors and bringing some sunshine into the house with some up-cycled curtains. I originally made these curtains from Laura Ashley fabric for my daughter’s bedroom in the 1990s. I have cut them down, re-lined them and added new rufflette tape. Sewing them transported me back to my daughter’s lovely sunny bedroom when she was a child – the fabric is a little sun-faded in places. Other damage the curtains had sustained is thanks to her pet rabbit at the time, who was partial to a little nibble on the edges of the fabric. I’ve incorporated the faded bits and the bunny damage along with all our happy memories in the ‘new’ curtains. The material is so pretty that I don’t think anyone will mind. They certainly brighten up my laundry room on such a dreary day.
sewing new rufflette tape
‘vintage’ Laura Ashley fabric
I couldn’t remember the name of the fabric, but Laura Ashley have very kindly reminded me via Twitter!
@LauraAshleyUK upcycling ‘vintage’ LA curtains, but can’t remember the name of the fabric. Can you remind me, please? pic.twitter.com/43KFVIuuVd – Feb 22
Laura Ashley @LauraAshleyUK
@handmadebysoo I can confirm this was our old ‘Dotty’ fabric and this colour way is named ‘Poppy’. I hope this helps, thank you.
The ‘honeymoon’ bed runner was hand placed and quilted from vintage upholstery fabric swatches, Laura Ashley scraps from the stash and a little modern gingham, embellished, as usual, using a collection of vintage mismatched buttons.
The completed bed runner
Also on the bed are a couple of cushions, crocheted from scraps of colour coordinating yarn. Just a couple of giant granny squares, crocheted together to form the frill.
Then it was time for handmadebysoo to try a little ‘up-cycling’, adding a modern Laura Ashley hydrangea fabric cover to a vintage Lloyd Loom style linen box. There was no need to do anything to the original paint finish. Even the braiding was saved and re-used.