5/23/18

Just An Old, But New Pillow


Vintage means
pre-loved.




A little while ago I went through my pile of vintage linens
and came across this lovely lady.
She was originally made to hold clothespins,
but as you will see in the next photo she was showing some wear.
The sides were quite ragged and would only continue to unravel if used.




The lady herself is in excellent condition
and whoever embroidered her did a beautiful job.




I was going to sew her up into a tote bag,
but at the last minute I decided to create a pillow.
She looks delightful on my bed. . . 




And in my craft room
among my beloved quilts.




At the moment I have her resting on my vintage rocking chair
which is in the living room right by the fire place.
I have a feeling she will be traveling around the house.




You will notice I added 6 fabric yo-yo's
for the finishing touch to the pillow.
Of course I had to embellish her
{{smiles}}




Thanks for visiting, sweet friends.
I would love to know what you've been up to 
and what you're creating at the moment.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!
{{{hugs}}}


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48 comments

Mac n' Janet said...

She's a lovely lady I'm surprised the cats aren't all over her.

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... The pillow is so sweet. I also love the very pretty quilt on your bed. Enjoy your day, sweet Stephanie. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

Bernideen said...

Now that turned out darling. I love the old embroidery and vintage pieces with so much charm! Great job!

Linda said...

What a lovely idea, smiles. Hope you have a beautiful day, sweet friend.

Decor To Adore said...

This bit of needlework truly tickles my heart!

Patti said...

So sweet and lovely. You are so creative to think of such a beautiful way to repurpose her.

Blessings on your day,
Patti

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi again Stephanie. You have such wonderful sewing skills and it shows with this pillow you made. I love it and it looks so nice on your bed.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the week and holiday weekend.
Hugs, Julie

Kate said...

Beautiful, Stephanie! Your stitched vintage lady certainly is a work of art. I love that you preserved her and made her into a piece of decor. You made a great choice. I bet a tote would have gotten more wear than a pillow. And the yo-yo additions are so pretty and feminine.
Kate

My thrift store addiction said...

How sweet! I adore reusing old linens to make something new ;) I'm not sure if you ever saw your featured apron at Vintage Charm a few weeks ago--here's the link: https://mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com/2018/05/vintage-charm-party-132.html

Tamago said...

What a beautiful pillow with a lovely lady! I think she enjoys traveling around the house :-) Great creation!
And your kitties are adorable :-)

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

She is a sweet, vintage lady indeed. But, I am especially smitten by the scrappy American flag pillow in your craft room! :)
Your kitties are getting so big!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.
Hugs,
Heather Elizabeth

Debbie Harris said...

As you know I L♡VE that pillow!
You had better be watchful when I'm visiting you, that sweet little lady in all her charm just may disappear and find another home to travel around in. 😘
You have certainly done a lovely job repurposing this lady and of course I love your yo yo's, such a pretty touch.

Beautiful and sweet post, Stephanie ♡

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

So very cute and love that you made it into a pillow. Sending hugs to you my friend :)

Roosterhead Designs said...

So so sweet and versatile too! Nice touches you've added Stephanie;
I'm so glad you gave her a 'second chance' and a new beginning : )
Hugs to you, karen o

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Isn't your vintage lady pillow the cutest??!! I love how she is traveling around your home, sweet friend. Of course, you embellished her and the yo yo's look perfect. I'll bet that this is a relaxing week for you. At least, I hope it is! My laptop had to be wiped clean and my son had to redo it....not fun. At least he saved some things on his hard drive. I'm so thankful for him helping me out!
Love and blessings to you, dear one.

Mari said...

So cute! I like vintage too.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

So sweet and pretty.

Chris Lally said...

The person who did the original embroidery would be thrilled that you have rescued her creation. Love your embellishments!

Joan DR said...

What a great find in the first place and you picked the perfect thing
to reincarnate her and be able to travel around the house on a whim.
Love, love her! Ronny R

Connie said...

I love that you took her and made her into a pillow. A beautiful pillow . . . the embroidery work is lovely and she looks charming in every room that you have put her in. I love the touch of yo-yo's, too.
What have I been up too? Painting my kitchen cabinets and making new curtains and farmhouse signs. My kitchen needed a touch of sunshine yellow :) Isn't it fun to keep making our homes more comfy and personal. Whether quilts, curtains, painting or planting . . . there are so many things that can change a house into a home, but "Love" is the main thing :)
Have a happy weekend.
Connie :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Just lovely, what a very nice pillow.

All the best Jan

Mildred said...

A great way to use the pretty embroidered lady. The yo yo's just match! Sweet little kitties.
I said good bye to my 15 yr old Kaboodle last week.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Dear Stephanie. Oh sooooooo sweet. What a lovely idea to sew a cushion from the peg bag. Crinoline Lady's are so pretty. I have one on a tea cosy and that is getting a little tattered. So maybe you have given me an idea/ Happy sewing and thank you for visiting me
Xx jeanette ann

Margie said...

What a cute pillow! At first glance, I thought that she was a character from a Disney movie.

krishna said...

oh dear! that turned out so good.. you did an amazing job..

Merlesworld said...

She turner into a pretty pillow.
Merle.........

Vee said...

She is darling! I have not seen a clothespin holder as detailed. Good rescue!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

The embroidery is SO fine that I thought it was a stamped on/printed image!! Definitely worth saving and you did a great job in choosing to give her new life as a pillow. I just got a pile of cute (yet worn) vintage linens and am trying to decide what to do with them. I've seen the cute little rooster/chicken pin cushions made with vintage linens so I may try a few of those.

Betty said...

WOW, it is so pretty and what a wonderful idea of reusing the clothes pin holder. She looks pretty on your bed.

I am said...

Hi Stephanie i am new to your blog and i have enjoyed your post,i love vintage linens,i am your newest follower and i hope you will visit me and follow me too. I love the pic of your fur babies they look very comfortable on the bed,lol xx

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your pillow turned out so sweet, dear Stephanie! She looks so pretty anywhere in your charming home! Sending hugs xo Karen

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I think she looks better as a pillow than she did before!

hobbyloes said...

Ahhh, love the beautiful pillow with the lovely lady.

Carla from The River said...

Lovely my friend! Have a blessed weekend, Carla

Debby Ray said...

Well, your lovely little lady has turned into the perfect little "new" pillow...and a lovely addition to your bed!

Sarah said...

Stephanie,

I think this lovely piece of embroidery was far too nice for a clothes pin bag! You made the right choice in transforming it into a pillow. I like how you added the yo-yos for embellishment. They add an extra special touch of vintage charm. : )

Sarah

Cheryl said...


Dear Stephanie, The pillow is adorable, what a special way of using the lady! It looks great in each place, very pretty quilt on your bed! Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs, Cheryl

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

She is vintage perfection and looks great as a pillow. Perfect on your bed and in your craft room. Love it!

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a charming pillow! The yo-yo's add such a whimsical touch!
Well, dear Stephanie, I totally and completely missed your teacup exchange. I commend you for your faithfulness to this wonderful event. Hope you're sipping some tea and relaxing now that it's done! xo Deborah

Conniecrafter said...

That is terrific you have been able to save this little lady, great idea with the pillow, like you said it can go in so many different areas of your home :) Love the picture of the kitties on the bed.

Laura Lane said...

I've missed you. Have a wonderful weekend.

handmade by amalia said...

What a sweet cushion, Stephanie, and the yo-yos add a touch of whimsy. She looks at home wherever you put her, just what you'd expect from a lady.
Amalia
xo

Regina said...

Oh that's really cute! I've been crocheting an infinity scarf. It's been a fun project.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Oh my word, your pillow is beautiful! A wonderful re-purpose of a vintage item, and I love that it travels around your home, lol. Your kitties are beautiful also. :)

Red Rose Alley said...

What a delightful pillow, Stephanie. Yes, the embroidery is nicely done. It looks lovely on your bed. Your quilt is charming. My sister sews quilts also, and I've always thought it was such a talent. I love the soft Spring colors of the pillow.

It's raining here today, which will be good for the flowers, and I appreciate it, cause summer is on its way; I can feel it coming. : )

~Sheri

Luba @ Healthy with Luba said...

What a beautiful pillow!

I need to get back to my cross stitch. :)

This week I've been creating a cleaner home and helping my mom and a friend with cleaning.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a lovely lady! I love old linens like this and now you'll have her out to enjoy! Happy weekend!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Hi Stephanie - this and one other post went into my spam folder! Shame on it! so now just commenting. LOVE this sweet lady and pillow you made! Love it on your bed and quilt stash and anywhere else you put her. Your kitties are so sweet too! How fun to repurpose and you inspire me to dig through my old linens.. not that I have that many as I tend not to buy those that are worn. I should just go ahead and get what I like with the idea that they can always become something new again. Hugs to you... Marilyn

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