I had a beautiful, hand stitched tablecloth in my stash of awesome things in the basement.(It might be vintage? I don’t know. It looks old.) I can’t remember where I got it; maybe at some yard sale. It had some rips and stains, but I figured that I could do something else with the pretty parts.
About a year ago, I added parts of it to a dark grey sweater. I liked it, but not enough to wear it. (see the smaller pictures below) I left it alone for a year, then tried it on recently to find it was way too tight around my stomach. My weight fluctuates, and at one point I think the sweater fit ok, but right now? Not.At.All. This discovery made me feel better about cutting the sweater up the front to give me some room to breathe. I added a ruffle (salvaged off some other garment) around the raw edges. I added a little eye and hook so I can close it. Cute, right? I still haven’t worn it, but now there’s the possibility that I might.
While I was working on the sweater, I pulled out the rest of the tablecloth, determined to find a way to use the rest of the pretty pieces. I decided on a banner. It looks so pretty over my fireplace, and will be fun to pull out in the spring with the bright purple, yellow and red colors. This banner is a completely no-sew project! I used spray adhesive to glue the tablecloth pieces onto white card stock paper, then hot glue to adhere the purple ribbon. I hated trimming off the part of the needlework that didn’t fit in my banner template, but I think it’s worth it to have a completed project that I really like, instead of letting languish in a basement drawer for any longer.