The fabric is a very coarse weave, so I don't know what it was made for originally, I assume that it was for curtains, but I'm not sure. It made it hard to work with though, because as soon as you cut it, it starts to unravel.
There wasn't really enough to do much with, but I thought that some cushions for the lounge might be an idea. Now, I am not really great at sewing, I can do straight lines and basics, but definitely not zips!
I love my sewing machine though, it is older than me, and used to be my Mum's. When I was little it did all sorts of fancy stitches, but now it only does straight stitch. Oh well, that is all I need really.
So... rather than make some from scratch cushions to begin with, I decided to some some applique. I found these two felt cushions and set to.
Taking inspiration from the little birds on the fabric, here is the first one!
I haven't done the more usual way of doing applique these days of using bondaweb, instead, I did it the old fashioned way of stitching round the shape, turning the edges under as I went, and then adding the decorative stitching afterwards.
Add some little button eyes, and voila, a couple of old birds....
For the other cushion I decided to go with one big bird.
I have some grey fabric leftover from my little curtain addition, so I might do another cushion with the vintage fabric on the front and the grey on the back. I need to get a cushion first though!
Don't they look at home on the sofa!
I also wanted to share a little bit of loveliness with you.
Yesterday, while I was hauling the furniture around the lounge and cleaning and putting everything back into place after the decorating the doorbell went.
I hesitated to see if a small card would come through the letterbox or perhaps some junk mail. Nothing. The bell went again, so it wasn't a meter reader or someone trying to sell me double glazing. I already have double glazing by the way!
I answered the door to find my neighbour with a big bag of enormous apples inside. She has lovely apples growing on her tree, not like the acidic marbles that grow on ours. I have been coveting her apples from over the fence.
My lovely neighbour made no mention of the falling down fence, did not ask when it would be repaired. Nothing.
She just handed over the apples and said goodbye.
How lovely is that.
Now, I will have to get my apple gogger going, but that is a whole other story.
I do love apples, but not as much as lovely neighbours!!
Re the missing pictures from yesterday's curtain post, I have no idea where they went. They were there on my computer, there in picasa, but not on anyone else's computer! Weird especially as some showed, some not. Anyway, I have done a re do of the post, so if you want to see my horrid old curtains or the great big gap at the bottom of the new ones, click back to the previous post and the pictures (should ha!) be there.....