Inspired by our recent review of Katherine Sorrell's The Vintage Modern Home, I took these ten craftty ideas for things to make yourself at home to continue our focus on vintage modern design and style but add an ounce of personalisation to it:
Knit or crochet squares in different colors. You can use leftover yarn or unravelled old sweaters. Stitch them together to make a throw. (An afghan - like my old aunties used to make! I'd love one now but sadly none of said aunties are with us anymore).
Photo c/o Vintage Ramblings
Use broken crockery or tiles to create a mosaic splashback for a basin. I have a friend who used the base of old bottles (not broken obviously!) to create a glass feature in her garden.
Turn an old tablecloth or pair of curtains into a smart roman blind.
Update a tired pair of plain curtains by stitching on a narrow border of contrasting fabric.
Potato-print (yeah, just like when we were kids) a design with fabric paint on to plain cotton and make it into dining-chair seat pads.
Cut out a large stencil and print the design on to lining paper for a lovely home-made alternative to wallpaper.
Jazz up a plain lampshade by gluing ribbon or ric rac braid around the edge.
Crockery c/o Esther Coombs
Personalize white crockery with ceramic paints.
Give new life to a drab plastic or timber chair by decorating it with cut-out paper (maps, sheet music, magazine pages, wrapping paper, etc.) and sealing with a layer or two of clear varnish.
Cut any pretty leftover fabrics into squares for patchwork or triangles for bunting.
Credit: The Vintage Modern Home