October 2, 2013

Making Shabby Scarves From Vintage Table Runners And Lace

I have boxes of vintage table runners and doilies....And lace, oh my, it is spilling out of every box in my craft room.  I have to start using it before my son sells it all at the BIG (estate) SALE for a quarter a box lol!


I am going to be a vendor at the Fancy Flea November 2 with Barr Display and we will have tons of dress forms at the show. We don't want the forms standing around naked so, I have been busy making scarves and altering jean jackets (I will show you the jackets on a future post) to dress them. 

I took some of my lace and table runners and hand dyed them.  The tan Rit dye turns some fabrics a great pinkish color.


This is a vintage table runner


That has hand appliqued lace from a vintage wedding dress


Here's another vintage table runner that I sewed in half lengthwise.....


.......and added lace


Here's a really fluffy one with 14" embroidered lace netting


I made a scarf like this for myself and when I wore it out one night people stopped me to ask where I got it......Al-righty then.....I might be on to something?





Here's all of the girls.....A little over dressed I think!


They are headed with their scarves to the Fancy Flea.  Since these are loaded with my precious lace I'm going to price them at $25.

Look through your stash, pull out your vintage table runners and lace then have some fun!!
  
Happy Creating
Carol

75 comments:

Mari said...

Omg! These are really to die for gorgeous, you come up with just the most beautiful items ;)
Great job you did on these beauties...

Smiles~
Mari

Phyllis @Around the House said...

They are all so beautiful, I love the vintage, so lovely, especially on the little french maniquins, so cool...Phyllis

Fabiana Strehlow said...

Maravilhosos!
Amei!!

Karen said...

They are beautiful, oh my goodness I'm swooning. I would love to try this with some of my stash.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I would have asked you too!
Very pretty....I don't know if I could pull it off, but I do like them!

Terra said...

Very romantic and pretty, I am a fan of lace.

NanaDiana said...

LOL- At least you didn't embarrass yourself by telling them you were wearing the remnants of some poor divorced bride's old wedding dress!;>) I think you should sell them as wraps- why the heck not? They are GORGEOUS!!!!

That is a great price, too! xo Diana

ps. Did you just call me CRAZY over on MY OWN blog? You know I can't respond cuz you are a No Reply blogger, right? That's alright -I will hunt you down and respond on YOUR blog...talk about crazy!!!!

Loretta Castorini said...

Ok Carol, can I buy one? You can contact me, and ship it to my daughter in California (she's coming to visit me in two weeks)! I used to be a buyer for a high end fashion chain (I mean HIGH). Believe me you could add $100 to that! Sell them wholesale to boutiques if you have stashes of old lace! You can charge 3 X your price at wholesale! But charge me the $25 (advice free of charge!). Made in China junk would sell for more than $25! Your scarves are really beautiful, and you can get so much more (the higher price brings with it more prestige!). Go for it :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a great idea! Those are so pretty--can't have naked dressforms!

marda said...

What a beautiful idea, these are sooo lovely and romantic.

Marilyn said...

What beautiful treasures! I bet they'll be gone in a flash.♥♫

Createology said...

My dear you are always "on to something" with your creative muse. These lacilicious scarves are beautiful and your price will have them flying out of your booth. Creative Bliss Dear...

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh wow! You did it again Carol. These are stunning and so very creative of you.

Kathy said...

Oh.My.Gosh! These are over the top gorgeous and I must dig in to my stash. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH Carol...you ARE onto something! These are really original and wonderful! They are going to sell quickly!

Rhissanna said...

Ah, that lace with the falling stars! it's everywhere. How do I know? I have two yards of it on my table! Isn't it lovely? It looks just wonderful on those scarves, Carol. I'm beginning to think I should have bought more than two yards!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

They're not overdressed! The scarves are fabulous! So feminine and romantic. Now I'll be on the loookout at Goodwill....Good luck on the show!

Ros Crawford said...

Your talent and imagination knows no bounds ... Beautiful work!! It's a delight to visit and see what's next ...

Laurie said...

I love them, oo la la!

Nanna said...

those are beautiful! I will have to start looking at lace & table cloths in a different light now lol!
Helen

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Carol! I think you are on to something there! I love the lace you added. They have a wonderful romantic look to them.

Diane said...

Lovely! I think your price is very reasonable in this day and age! How nice to wear to a wedding-- or a bride to wear at rehearsal, etc.

Pat Langley said...

These are just beautiful! I found a table runner last week; now I know what yo do with it.Thank you!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love it! I don't think they are overdressed...maybe like me, just INDECISIVE. LOL!
I love the story of being stopped and asked about your scarf. Did you smile really big and tell them you made it?!
A young waitress at Waffle House asked me about my satchel purse I made from old clothes and a belt...and then she brought two others over to see it...
If I'd had a trunk full. I could of sold them all!
Have a great time with the Fancy Flea...your dress forms will be the best dressed forms there!
Pat

Susan deGeneres said...

These are just lovely. I think they'd look great embellished with your fabric flowers. I'm a big fan of those too. Good luck at fancy flee, I wish I lived close enough to go.
Susan

Jane Hunter Nolan said...

These are amazingly gorgeous Miss Carol! I'm so glad I found you & your blog, I do so enjoy it & you! Best wishes at the market!

YamYam said...

wow i like them und would wear them,too-they look really gorgeous!
For the market best wishes! Ines

Nancy said...

I am just rolling in laughter at NanaDiane's comment! I made some similar last Christmas for the Fla store and they were out the door at $18, so no problem at $25. Now here is something to laugh at, a couple of them I wanted a thin lining in for warmth and the lace wasn't sheer. So I used a couple Vintage white Receiving Blankets! Perfect thickness for Fl.

Huggs, Nancy

Cynthia said...

Carol, my friend has a boutique in our little town, and she sells items she brings back from France on buying trips. She recently had something similar, and the selling price was $120. That's right. . .one hundred and twenty dollars. . .And not as pretty as yours are. You will sell these out!

Celestina Marie said...

WOW Carol, what a grand idea. They are gorgeous and priced perfect. You are going to sell out. I can see all kinds of possibilities with these, from wraps to curtain tie backs.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs!

Angela said...

I LOVE your creations! they are stunning..
The best compliment, when someone asks you where you got it from!
How small is this world.. I recognize some of your lace, I'm using the same.. all the way in Dubai.
I love your ideas.
Hugs,
Angela.

lynn said...

your lace collection is amazing, carol! and they make beautiful accessories for your lovely gals!

Nancy Carr said...

Clever and beautiful. Blessings

sissie said...

Very pretty Carol. I sure wish I had some lace stash as pretty as yours. I'm jealous.
Great way to use it up. $25. is a steal.

hugs
Sissie

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh woman you are SO CLEVER!!!! I will now look at my table runners and lace differently because I think these are simply fabulous!

Nicole Furney said...

What a beautiful,fantastic idea :)

Lynne said...

Carol you are sooooo creative! These are gorgeous. I think you should bring lots to Fancy Flea because they will surely sell! They are so very pretty.

Ann said...

These are fun and shabby-licious. There is no end to your creativity. Wishing you much success at your Fancy Flea.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Yes! You are on to SOMETHING! Everyone is going to be doing this!

I KNOW I have a box filled with old table runners and doilies but my goodness yours look so nice! Mine are like granny boring! LOL

Inspiring though....maybe I will just take a peek into that old box I have buried somewhere...

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your lacy scarves are just beautiful and would make a gal feel so feminine and special! Nancy

Iprefervintage said...

Yes, I think you are onto something. You have taken scarfs to new heights. They are beautiful.

Marlynne said...

Just Lovely! You are so clever!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Gorgeous, Carol! I'm sure they'll sell like hot cakes.

Kay said...

They are beautiful. I have purchased some similar to this in the past but never thought I could make my own.... I hope to find time to check out my tablerunner stash this weekend! Thanks for opening my eyes.

Amber StepstoSave said...

Love these scarves! They would really stand out on a simple black outfit or shirt. Hope you have a wonderful weekend~

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

By golly, I do think you are on to something!! Those are really lovely. I think they will sell fast!

Nora Miller said...

Wow is an understatement - these would sell at our "shabby" store in town for much more!

Great as usual,

Sue

Dianne said...

Just stumbled across your blog - and I am so excited because I have the Fancy Flea on my calendar - for several of my girlfriends and I to come to! I will look forward to seeing your booth and all your goodies!

Trisha said...

Looking for these to be the next trendy fashion statement. You are so creative. Can't wait to see how far these go.

Primsandroses said...

Carol, brilliant idea....I think they will be a hit at FF, make a bunch of them. karan

primsandroses.com
"Old Orlando"

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

They are BEAUTIFUL!!! You are so talented! I think the price is right and I bet they will all go! Can't wait to see your booth at the Fancy Flea! Take lots of photos!
Warmly,
deb

April Coker said...

Beautiful! I want one!!! Will you be doing mail order? ; )

So. . .RIT dye does well on lace? I was thinking of dyeing a petticoat can-can. Do you think it would work?

Bente said...

You make such beautiful things. The scarves are just gorgeus.

Have a great weekend

Hugs from here

hopeandjoyhome said...

So pretty! I have made some similar ones previously....I have bags and big blue totes of old lace that my husband grumbles about/questions the existence of..he better not sell them! My fav is the ruffle-y one.

Curtains in My Tree said...

OMG you have so many comments on your gorgeous scarves I don't need to leave another however I am . I love them
You are onto something girl

Heart Vintage Design said...

Beautiful!

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful and so nice to use the vintage runners, etc.

Gorgeous work!

Judy

Mary Ellen said...

So glad you posted on FB so I could see your gorgeous scarves!! I know they are going to be flying off those girls at the Fancy Flea- you better make another dozen!!

Sure wish I could be there to see all your great stuff you will have! I sure enjoyed the time I was able to go last year!

HOpe all is well your way- been forever since I have been by.

Bee blessed
mary

Susan Clayton said...

These are fabulous! I'm making this post my 'wild card' Pick of the Week - the post will go up Thursday the 10th - Tea in the Library #15- Stop by and grab my 'featured at' button when you have a chance. Have a blessed week!

Connie said...

Carol, Carol, Carol, you are amazing. These scarves are going to fly out of your booth, they are gorgeous. I wish that I could be there, your booth is going to be fabulous.
Keep smiling.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Sisters Treasures said...

I've been away at the huge antique show in Texas for almost two weeks, so I'm just now catching up. I love your lace/table runner scarves!! I bet you sell out of these quickly.
Wish I could make it to Florida for the Fancy Flea, but I'm guessing I'll just have to read about it!
Great creations!
Betsy

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Carol, where on earth did you find so many fabulous table runners? Love how you turned them into scarves! But must say, I would love at least one as a runner. I think they will fly out of your booth!
hugs,
Jann

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
Absolutely love this idea!! So pretty!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words about the Remodel! I am glad that it is over!!

Hugs,
Deb

Mimi Sue said...

Adore these! And a great way to use up those boxes and bins and drawers of lace. Mimi

Carol O said...

You are definitely on to something. Just beautiful - and different!

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are great, Carol. They make quite the fashion statement. Very trendy.

Debbie said...

OK, I love these, and I have to tell you that the previous post, which I am just now seeing, is AMAZING. I love what you did to those necklace holders. I just can't believe the things that your mind can design. It so interesting that in your former "life" you were in a sort of left brained business. You are sincerely the single most creative person I know.

And how are things in your neck of the woods these days?

Heidi G said...

You are a genius!! These are totally stunning. I love that you share your pricing strategy (price based on whether you like an item or not). Thank you so much for sharing your lovelies with us.

Donna said...

What a beautiful and creative idea, Carol! I never would have thought to repurpose table runners into gorgeous scarves! The laces you used are stunning. They will sell in a heartbeat!

Debbie J. said...

What a fantastic idea. I love these. Will you be selling any to readers of your blog? Are you on Etsy or Ebay?

Thanks - take care!!!!

Kelley said...

No compLACEant dress forms in the Polka Dot Closet! What lovelies they now display! Beautiful ideas, girl!

Kelley~

Art and Sand said...

Gorgeous scarves and a great way to repurpose your lacy bits.

I know what you mean about supplies spilling out of the room. I keep telling myself not to buy anything more, but I don't listen.

KaseyQ said...

I WANT ONE!!! I see you’re in Florida, which is a total bummer, because I will not be anywhere near that market. Will you ship? Let me know! E-mail address is unicorn@ (at) aol (dot) com. :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, You better get busy and make lots of these scarves because they will sell out quickly! They are beautiful.
Hugs,
Sherry

Pam Jackson said...

Adorable idea.