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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Two Vintage Fabric Doilies ...

Hello my dear friends,

yesterday morning, being a Monday morning and with nothing to do really, (no school! no work! YAY!) my daughters and I decided to go and do a little junking. I don't tend to do so too often these days. I seem to have become very comfortable just being at home and not driving all over town all of the time anymore. Not only that but I have a little "shop" upstairs. My studio is filled with so many neat and lovely things to work with that I don't really need to go buying things but we did because it wasn't about spending money but spending time together. I must say, that I was very good and didn't go crazy.

 I found two very pretty hand embroidered fabric doilies that I just couldn't leave behind. After buying them I was happy and ready to head home again. Whilst driving, my mind was working away and I before I pulled into our driveway, I had an idea of what I wanted to turn these little pretties into.

Of course I couldn't wait and had to start to work on my idea right away as soon as I got into the house. I finished my newest creation this morning and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

And this is what I made from one of the neat fabric doilies ... a lovely needle book!
And here it is ...

... my "Little Old Needle Book".

I have seen many old samplers and vintage needle books and wanted mine to have the same sort of look and feel. I embroidered the word "needles" onto the doily in black embroidery floss which goes with the little black stitches in the flowers. I continued with the same concept of how I made my first drop cloth needle books. Cotton batting "pages" which I quilted a little will hold many needles and pins. The final thing I added was two lengths of seam binding that will allow the little fabric book to be tied close.

I am happy with the way this creation has turned out very lovely and exactly the way I hoped it would ... simple but pretty and of course it is useful too. But best of all, I have given something old a new life and that is something I love doing. I will be listing this little fabric book in my Etsy shop tomorrow if any of you might be interested.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me today, here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. What a darling and inspiring project!

  2. Love this! I need to get busy on my stash of old linens! Great idea!

  3. Very, very sweet. I'm jealous!


  4. this needle book is so darling...I love how you did it...and that your mind created it in the car......thank you as always for your sweet creations...sending big ladybug hugs

  5. Lucky you to be able to check out some yard sales and find such treasures. I haven't been to a yard sale for at least a couple of years and I miss the thrill of the hunt. Such a great use for a vintage doily too!