vintage floral fantasy

Do you dig on retro and vintage-inspired patterns as much as I do? The header image for LOL is a vintage napkin found at the VOA and the large image above is a detail of a vintage pillowcase (also found at the VOA).

My thrifting addiction aside, I recently discovered some awesome retro motifs from top designers on - where the three smaller images above come from. There are also some great finds that pull from vintage looks on Spoonflower. All of them are gorgeous and inspiring! However, a seamstress I am not. I'm more the designery type.

So if you're like me, this is how I handle my desire for vintage patterns on a dime without needing to sew anything.

1. Vintage Pillowcases. 
They're already sewn, ready to use, and perfect for mixing and matching. You can check Etsy's vintage section or (do what I usually do) scavenge thrift stores, the VOA, Goodwill, and hit garage sales.

2. Vintage Sheets.
I've actually made curtains out of vintage flat sheets and some fabric glue. They're already hemmed at the bottom. All you have to do is glue up a little rod pocket at the top and you're ready to go. I found a pair of matching lovelies at the VOA for a couple of bucks each. These also make great fabric stash additions if you're a sewing genius.

3. Misc. Vintage Linens like Tablecloths, Napkins, etc.
It's pretty self-explanatory, but just about any vintage linen will work. If you can sew, you can turn them into anything you like. If you don't sew, you can fabric glue them into anything you like. Or you can just drape them over a table, spice up the back of an average, boring chair... whatever. The possibilities are endless.

You could even frame some retro-chic napkins behind glass or stretch them over a canvas frame for instant, ready-to-hang art. Or cut out your favorite sections, blooms, bouquets, etc. then grab some spray starch and stick them to your walls. I haven't yet done it myself, but I hear the starch will keep your fabric (or paper) adhered to the wall and wash off easy later. I'm sure the all-knowing Google can tell us more.

The number one rule to remember is that it's not hard and it should be fun. If it's hard or not fun... come back to it later or find some alternatives. Life's too short. :)

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