Friday, March 11, 2011

Like sprinkles on a cupcake. . .

In my recent thrift store trips, I've come across some vintage linens with crochet (or tatted?) trim.  I love them.  I think it's because someone took the time to add a handmade, pretty touch to something that was already pretty.  I think of it like sprinkles on a chocolate cupcake.  The cupcake is already yummy, but sprinkles add that special touch that didn't really have to be added -- but you're happy they're there.  Here are two of my recent finds, awaiting a good Borax soak. . . .

an embroidered table cloth with a crocheted trim


a very delicate pillowcase

And then I remembered coming across a lovely tutorial on how to make a pillow case with a crocheted scallop edge.  SO gorgeous.  I wanted that pillow shown in the tutorial.  That. exact. pillow.

So I set out to make it myself!  I ordered the fabric from two Etsy shops, The Fabric Farm and Hoot Fabrics, and purchased the yarn from our local Michaels.  I gleaned some very, very basic crochet lessons while watching youtube how-to-crochet videos with my Monkey 1 {she made herself a lovely hat!} and gave it a whirl. . . .

The most difficult part of this tutorial is making the blanket stitch foundation for the crocheted trim.  You know I love the blanket stitch, but working with several feet of yarn was quite tricky and sometimes tangle-y!   I also learned {the hard way} not to make the foundation stitches so tight.  ARGH!

But in the end, I think it turned out quite lovely!

I can't wait to make more, and bust through some of my enormous stash.  My Monkeys are already making requests.  Time to buy more yarn!


  1. These really turned out beautiful!! You are so talented!

  2. Pretty soon you'll have a yarn stash to rival your fabric stash! Great job on the pillowcase and your thrift finds are a-MAZ-ing!

  3. what a lovely idea! i dont' know how to chrocet - i may try this w/some thrifted items tho.

  4. Beautiful everything! You did an awesome job for someone who didn't know how! Wow...can I have one? I can sorta crochet but have never taken the time to really learn fancy stuff.

  5. I love vintage needlework! What kind of stitch is the green leaf in your third pic? :)

  6. Very pretty! It definitely turned out great. I adore those colors, too.


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