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15 Cute Ways to Repurpose Vintage Linens

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You know how I love modern design around here. Well, one of my daughters reminded me that modern isn’t everyone’s thing and I should share some ideas that had a more vintage feel. With Mother’s Day so close, I have rounded up 15 Cute Ways to Repurpose Vintage Linens.

I’m always drawn to vintage linens but never really know what to do with them. As a matter of fact, I have a whole bunch from my Mom and a few from a friend. These ideas have really got me thinking. I am especially drawn to #9 down the list.

1. Vintage Handkerchief Valance

A valance from vintage hankies. This would be perfect if you have lots of vintage hankies of similar sizes.

2. Vintage Linen Moth

This moth made from vintage linens is exquisite.

3. Linen Patchwork Curtain

More curtain inspiration, but a patchwork one this time. I really love how she took the time to piece these together. Perfect for a cottage look.

4. Vintage Pillowcase Apron

Ya’ know I love aprons and here’s a tutorial for a layered linen apron.

5. Envelope Pouches from Vintage Linens

A free pattern download for sewing small envelope pouches from vintage linens. You’ll need to enter your email to access the free pattern.

6. Vintage Linen Buttons

No tutorial but a few pictures for inspiration on using vintage linens for buttons. Easy to accomplish using button kits from the sewing store? These would be great to add as details on handmade hand decor such as pillows.

7. Framed Vintage Doilies

A tutorial for attaching vintage doilies to a window frame for unique wall art.

8. Vintage Linen Sachets

These lavender sachets are an ideal way to use the undamaged section when the rest of the linen has some irreparable damage.

9. Table Runner

A tutorial for a pieced-together vintage table runner.

10. Vintage Dish Towels

Love these pretty dish towels with a bias tape edge.

11. Vintage Cocktail Napkins

A tutorial for making vintage linens into cocktail napkins.

12. Vintage Handkerchief Quilt

Perfect when you’re feeling all quilt-y.

13. Necklace from Vintage Handkerchiefs

A unique idea for using a small part of vintage linens to make a unique necklace, and it’s super simple.

14. Vintage Linens Burpcloths

A detailed tutorial on making burp cloths with vintage linens.

15. How to Launder Vintage Linens


If you’re going to use vintage linens you will need to know to launder them. This shows some simple but good reminders.

What I really love about these vintage linens is how many ways you can reuse them. Try pairing them with a few of my tutorials:

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

Turn a Mason Jar into a Pin Cushion Tutorial using this step-by-step DIY tutorial. A simple no-sew project. Great gift idea for friends who sew.

Quilted Coasters

How to Make Geometric Quilted Coasters

Pillowcase (used on the cuff)

How to Make a Pillowcase Using the Burrito Method Final

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