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3.09.2020

spring decor accents made from 1 tablecloth

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i love  a good decorating challenge...
for example, how much decorating punch can you get from a single piece of fabric?

i picked up a pretty green gingham tablecloth at Home Goods
and transformed it into some fresh new accents for our home this spring
to prove to myself that it doesn't take much to make a big impact.

continue reading to see how far a $15 purchase got me!
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the tablecloth i purchased was a rectangle, measuring 60" wide X 120" long...
and from that one piece of fabric, i made:
two table runners . five accent pillow covers . two small art pieces
plus i still have a few scraps left that i am contemplating a use for!

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the runners are simply two sections of the tablecloth, cut lengthwise, each measuring 18" X 120".
because i cut them from each side of the tablecloth, they were already hemmed on one side + both ends,
so i only had to hem one side for a finished look.
(this is one reason i love using tablecloths or sheets - they have hemmed edges! saves time!)

one of the runners fit my 7' pine farmhouse table perfectly -
i don't like putting a full tablecloth on it because it's so pretty!
 ( yes, i whitewashed the former pine finish of my farmhouse table )

and the other runner added color to the credenza in our entry hall:
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a few paper gift bags in green gingham check add even more color to this dark area
(and that perfectly green SPRING piece was just $1.99 at the 99 cent store!)

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the remaining fabric (un-hemmed middle length of the tablecloth) was used for 3 envelope-closure pillow covers.
small scraps were used for trim on two more pillow covers (made from an old white sheet)
and on two small pieces of art on our gallery wall:
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that is the TINIEST strip of fabric on the left, fringed and standing in as grass with the ceramic house ornament (from Target)
and i used a cookie cutter to trace a shamrock, then glued it onto the burlap-covered canvas.

PLUS i still have about 1/8 of a yard of green gingham fabric left,
with which i could create a short pennant banner... or some cocktail size napkins. i can't decide!
(help a gal out - leave me a comment with your thoughts & ideas about how i could use it!)

LAST MINUTE UPDATE:
i found a use for part of that green gingham fabric!


i was inspired by a green gingham wreath that i made years ago (old wreath on the left)
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since the fabric i had left was in two strips, i took one of them
and wrapped it around a wreath - made from a pool noodle! (new wreath on the right)
it's an easy five minute project.

i used some remnants of other fabric from my stash in our spring decor:
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there's a strip of green & white striped fabric on the canvas behind my scrap wood house art.
i literally just pinned the fabric to the canvas - EASY! i think it evokes fresh spring grass.
(wondering what's up with that 'paint chip' wall art? tutorial here!)

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the new green 'awning' window valance over the kitchen sink is a curtain panel.
Mom made them in her previous home to cover some storage shelves,
and i found them in a storage bin in our garage! free fabric!!!!
i wrapped it sideways around two curtain rods, in order to fit the window width.
the fabric is a sage-y green small-scale plaid,
but from a distance coordinates well with the new gingham accents.

but wait, there's more! because Deb doesn't know when to stop....

 i stopped by the thrift store (Mom had an appointment next door, why wouldn't i go in??!)
and found a fun bright green polka dot beach towel. brand new. two bucks.
so i decided to make some pillow covers from it for our back patio...
and if you follow me on fb or instagram, you know what happened. because i posted it.

in my rush to get those pillow covers made, i decided to use my hot glue gun
instead of my sewing machine. big mistake. HUGE.
because i very nearly burned the entire pad off of my pinkie finger.
*moral of the story: DO NOT RUSH DIY / CRAFT PROJECTS!*
total rookie mistake. 

so i had to delay this post while my finger healed (right hand - photo editing and typing hand)
but hey, the pillow covers turned out CUUUUUTE!
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remember, you don't have to use a tablecloth as a tablecloth. or a towel as a towel.
or an apron as an apron... get my drift? it's FABRIC. get creative with it!!!!

all of this happy green stuff will hang around through spring and into summer...
and i can't wait to see how it looks with our tropical tiki accessories + hot orange accents!

2 comments:

  1. So many creative ideas. I like the awning curtain. Also, I really like that scrap wood house art piece. Is it on a canvas background? I think I'd like to try something like it in miniature. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. hi Naomi! thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments...

      to answer your question, yes, that scrap wood art IS on a canvas background! actually, it's not even attached to it. i covered a large (ugly) framed piece of art with a piece of dropcloth canvas, and change up the art on it every season - so i use pins and other methods to hang artwork on it. the scrap wood house has twine tied to the 'peak' of the 'roof', and that goes over the top of the canvas and is tied to the sawtooth picture hanger on the back side. the green striped fabric strip is just pinned to the sides of the canvas.

      if you create something like this, please share a photo of it over on the homewardFOUND facebook page! i'd love to see!!! ~ deb

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