A Few Little Scraps

“Stop hoarding and start using”, was my motto
over the weekend and it was raining anyway,
so I got busy.  My house isn’t much cleaner, but I
did come up with some projects to make a dent in the
fabric and paper scraps that are threatening to overrun my house and office.
Paper and Fabric Projects
I love fabric scraps and save nearly all of them,
but I don’t own a sewing machine.
I needed a project that didn’t require one, so I made
some farmhouse wall hangings from flour sack towel remnants.
flour sack towel wall hanging
The image was part of this 1889 Harper’s Magazine advertisement.
She’s a cutie, isn’t she?!
I love frayed edges on fabric.
And then there are paper scraps.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many antique pages
I have overflowing the drawers in my office.
If I make about 300 hundred of these, I might
get my stash down to a reasonable level.

These pages are over 140 years old and came from
some 1860’s and 70’s Peterson’s magazines.  Love the
variety of “browning” the pages have.
I sold most of the magazines that were complete, but there were a lot
of them that were already torn apart, so they were perfect for crafting with.
If pages have images on them, I save those pages for other projects,
but these pages had text only, so it was nice to find a use for them.

I’ve got one hanging on a chalkboard in my entryway,
but I think they would look really pretty to decorate
a fall or winter mantel also, or as a wedding backdrop.
When life hands you scraps…have fun with them!

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  1. I love your repurposing results. So pretty!

  2. Funny, I have been doing the same thing this weekend. I have so many linens and so much fabric. Love your projects!

  3. I love the book page banner. I may have to make some for my husband’s book party on Wednesday.

  4. I’d like to swag the bunting on the fireplace; did you sew the paper to the seam binding? I’m afraid hot glue would dry out…

  5. Angie,
    I love what you did with your scraps.I am the same way I hate throwing remnants out.I know I will do something with them I always do.

  6. You made good use of your pretty things! I’m going to sew this afternoon…even though it is sunny and beautiful here! Hugs!

  7. The cow print is adorable! And the bunting banner, too… it’s hard to believe that a few sheets of paper, doing absolutely nothing for anyone tucked in a box or drawer, can be transformed into a lovely, dimensional decorative piece! How clever you are!


  8. Hi Angie!

    these bunting/banners are so wonderful. I love the aged look of the paper too!
    That cow…is Great!
    I have 1 cow painting. I was thinking of adding one or two more cow themed pictures. I love this!


  9. I absolutely LOVE the bunting! I’m pinning this for future reference. It would look so for the winter months after all the holiday decorations come down. Thanks for sharing! Angela

  10. Good for you, Angie! I did a fabric destash not too long ago, but still have quite a bit. Between that and scrapbook paper I really need to come up with some projects.

  11. Love that fan bunting. I think you have inspired me to make some out of my “leftovers” too!

  12. I have got to do this – my craft cabinet is overflowing with bits and pieces left over from various projects. Thanks for the inspiration to get cleaning!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  13. Visiting from 2805… Love your blog. I am your newest follower!

  14. oh what i could do with that stack of magazines! love the banner. love.

  15. These are great ideas for using our scraps, thanks for the inspiration!

  16. beautiful projects! love that you’re using vintage pages!

  17. I enjoyed visiting.
    I love your header for your blog I love old clocks.
    Have a nice day.

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