Here are 10 of my favorite ways to repurpose the stacks of vintage linens that seem to find their way into my home.
When I am out thrifting, I am always drawn to antique bedding, table runners and napkins. I rarely pay over a dollar or two for these items, even for a dust ruffle or duvet.
White fabrics are my favorite and anything with monograms melt me. Hand crocheted lace stops me in my tracks and takes me back in time. Who was she? What did she think about while labored over the details of her beautiful textile?
I know many women who acquire linens, though, and don’t feel the same about them. They don’t use them because they don’t fit their lifestyle very well.
So today, I want to think outside of the box and show you 10 different ways to use vintage linens beyond their intended purpose.
I am known in my family as the sentimental one, therefore family heirlooms are offered to me regularly. I am thinking of that one time that my aunt handed me a stack of my grandmother’s doilies. There were some weird ones in there, like a big crocheted bird.
Then a light bulb went off.
Ta Da! How about a knock off “poodle skirt”?
For our Anne of Green Gables Party we hung a paper doily bunting in the trees, but you could make a higher quality bunting with real doilies.
In our master bedroom, we used a crocheted table runner to add detail to our curtain panels.
Speaking of curtain panels. . .
This lace maxi skirt was part of a set of lace curtains I bought at Goodwill. One panel hangs in my bathroom and the other became last year’s Easter skirt! How’s that for proving the theory that we decorate how we dress?
Every Christmas each of my daughters receives a pillowcase nightie in their stocking.
The curtain panels in our kitchen used to be a vintage dust ruffle.
And dust ruffles are my favorite go-to for table cloths that fit banquet tables. The crocheted edges looked lovely for our Anne of Green Gables party.
Duvet covers make great shower curtains, even the button holes can be reused. When we remodeled our bathroom, this ended up being the perfect solution for the shower curtain.
Any large piece of fabric can be repurposed as a slipcover. Here is on old duvet that I paid one dollar for that now is covering a chair in the school room. The blue chair is a bed sheet from a garage sale.
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Finally, here is a fun gift idea using an old lace table cloth.
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