Friday, July 24, 2009

loot, loot, and more loot

I didn't hit too many sales last weekend, but I did find a few cool things. My most exciting find was actually something I really needed - a new ironing board cover! My old one was so skanky, I don't even want to show you a "before" picture. I'd been contemplating making one, but when there's a new one (in the package, even!) for $1, how could I pass it up? It's not beautiful, as you can see, but it's SO much better than the old one!

Next up is this old tin of buttons, for $2. I love those big huge amber ones! And as an added bonus, it brought me at least an hour of kid entertainment - my daughter had a great time sorting through it to find all the pink ones, all the flower ones, etc. Love the old tobacco tin too.

Ten packs of old ric-rac for $1, and some cute old trim for another buck. Whee!

And of course there was some random fabric. The bee fabric is really cute, but a little weightier than normal cotton. I think I might make some fabric baskets/boxes with it. It's only 36" wide - I'd love to know when fabrics migrated from that narrower width to the more standard 44-ish width of today...

And, some scraps of hawaiian print fabrics. I'm hoping to one day make a "Postcards from Hawaii" quilt like this one or this one, so I was really thrilled to find these.

This morning I went by a couple more sales, and found this lovely "quilt cover for cradle" (whatever that is) from IKEA, new in package, for 50 cents. It's like a really small (30"x39", says the package) duvet cover, or an oversize pillowcase. But you really should zoom in and check out those sweet little flower girls - they are adorable! I think it would look so awesome as fussy-cut centers of blocks, kinda like this quilt.

And, yes, more fabric. $1/yard. I'm stocking up for halloween, baby!

And some girly flannels, some bandana print (just because!), and a shirred panel that I think will become a quick-and-dirty dress for my daughter.

And last, but not least, check out this cute folksy fabric. It's sort of like a flannel, but not as thick. Maybe it's a brushed cotton? I'll have to get my buddy Robin to take a look the next time she is over. It's has a teeny tiny selvage that reads "Beaver Textile Corp", but I didn't have any success googling it...

And yes, I have been sewing too. :-) I'm hoping to have a finished project to show in the next day or two.


  1. You made lots of good finds last week. Wow! I love those little bees... so cute! And that tin of buttons is just awesome! Can't wait to see what you've been working on. :)

  2. Evelyn, that tin is amazing! That's probably worth way more than the buttons.

    Also, 36" wide fabric was phased out in approximately the early 1970's in the U.S. so the bee fabric is at least that old. It's a gorgeous print!

  3. P.S. If you're interested, I learned a lot about vintage fabric here:

    You have to be an eBay member to post, but anyone can read. Many of the women who post there are extremely knowledgeable - and very helpful!

  4. love all the fabric...especially that IKEA print. that would be an adorable quilt.

  5. good night, lady!! You scored again!!

  6. A very nice collection. The flower girl print is totally charming -- something for Vada? I was going to say I think I remember the 36" fabric disappearing end of the '6s, early '70s, and I'm glad to find that confirmed above.

  7. Those little faries are amazing! Great finds!!