Saturday, December 19, 2009

From Vintage Barkcloth Samples to Wristlets

My lastest sewing project has centered around a group of vintage barkcloth fabric samples. I acquired these about 4 years ago, and although I didn't know at the time what I would do with them, they were just too pretty to pass up. There was a variety of different textures, colorways, and prints, but all featured the romantic florals so popular during the 1940's.
The floral and scroll print below is my favorite. There's a deep blue colorway, too.

The average size of the samples is around 7"x11", which turned out to be a perfect size for making wristlets! I've paired the barkcloth with natural linen and made some of them with zippered tops....
And others have a front zipper style... So, the next time you come across small or odd shaped vintage fabric pieces and think, "I don't know what I would ever use them for", get them anyway! Inspiration will come eventually. :-)
Happy sewing everyone!

15 comments:

kaholly said...

Just as sweet as can be!!! Are they difficult to make? Went to your Etsy shop. Excellent selections. I noticed that you only need one more follower to his 100!!!!!

My Casa Bella said...

Hi Sis, beautiful job. I'm doing the samething today on this snowy day. I'm using scraps to make something with as well. Still attempting,anyway.LOL

Maison Douce said...

They turned out adorable!!! You lnow I love me some barkcloth!!!
Isabel

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

they are truly beautiful, well done.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thank you all!
Kaholly, the top zipper ones are easy...the front zips took me a bit to figure out, though.

Kimberly

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful combination. Yes, it's our duty to rescue beautiful fabrics. One day we'll figure out how to make use of them. Same goes for old quilt blocks! Have a wonderful holiday season.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Very Pretty! It's a good idea for using some sample pieces or left over pieces.

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Perfection! xo, suzy

Jillian said...

GREAT GREAT idea! They look fabulous... you always inspire.

goldenbird said...

I love those vintage floral patterns. Whenever I see purses made from that type of fabric in a boutique or craft fair I'm always drawn to it. Your wristlets are just adorable. A merry Christmas to you and your family, Kimberly.

ksdoolittle said...

Love these little wristlets! Great blogspot. Glad to have found you. Happy Holidays!

Jen R. said...

Merry Christmas!!!!

Barbara Jean said...

sweet, sweet, sweet!!!

blessings

barbara jean

Queen of Dreamsz said...

I collect vintage Barkcloth..your samples are lovely and the wristlets are romantic elegance!

Scatter Bliss..
Stephanie

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

You are so right, its a shame to ever pass up old fabric!