I inherited some wonderful vintage linens and handwork pieces that I love! Those that are still in good shape, I make an effort to really use – I have a couple of Grandma’s doilies out and I use embroidered pillowcases whenever and where ever I can. I love old tablecloths, hankies, dresser scarves and the like. BUT, some of the pieces, while beautiful, were in poor shape due to holes, stains, or other problems. Still, I couldn’t quite part with them and wanted to find a way to use them. I made a few pillows incorporating beautifully embroidered scraps and, when I started making aprons, I experimented briefly with using these pieces.
One of the first used pieces from a small tablecloth to adorn the pockets of a retro-style bib apron.
I later used the remaining corner of the same apron in a similar fashion on a smock apron.
A larger tablecloth had several stains that weren’t coming out, so it became a half apron.