Seeing it in a Different Light

Hi everyone!

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Christmas Tree shops looking for bargains. I showed you a bunch that I got. What I didn’t show you was this cute cotton red, white blue crab valance. Now, this design does not go with my kitchen what so ever. However, I really liked it as a fabric. When you are out bargain shopping and come across a design or pattern on a valance, curtain, sheet or any other fabric piece, don’t just look at it for what it is, think of it as a partial finished piece of fabric. Fabric is so expensive, so finding alternatives that are bargains is a must for me.

Here is the valance.

How cute is this fabric! And check out the price.

projects 1-2011 023 Now seriously, you can’t pass up .28 cents for this pretty fabric!

projects 1-2011 024 Can you see what I see? Yup, an embarrassingly simple easy metamorphosis! A perfect table runner that is pretty much already made!

projects 1-2011 025 I just need to remove this piece of solid blue fabric. Fortunately, there is already a finished seam so, I just need to cut it off carefully and I won’t have to sew it.

projects 1-2011 026 Instant table runner!

projects 1-2011 027 Now I am thinking I may take it one step further and cut this piece into 4 pieces and turn them into cloth napkins. I would only have to sew 2 napkins on two sides (or heat and bond it) and sew one side on the remaining two pieces.

So, for .28 cents and very little time or effort involved, you can have a new table runner or 4 new napkins. So, keep this in mind when you are out there thrifting!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit!

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Metamorphosis Monday

Blue Monday

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  1. Wow! 29 cents for a table runner..............not bad girlfriend!

  2. Wow, that is cute material...can't pass up a deal like that!

  3. There is a fabric glue called " Fabri Tac" that I found at WalMart. It dries instantly and can be washed! I used it for all the detail work on my daughter's Marie Antoinette costume...I LOVE IT!
    I will let you know how it works for drapes but I am certain there will be no problems.

  4. First of all....28 CENTS!!!!! Second of all....CUTE FABRIC! so big time SCORE on this one! You are one of the ladies in blog land who have helped me look at things with an open mind and see the possibilities!

  5. That fabric would be perfect for a 4th of July picnic, I love it! What a bargain too! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week! Mary :O)

  6. you really have found one .. you must be happy having such a piece for a lesser price...

  7. Oh, now that is smart shopping, Diann! I love it! Cute fabric, too.

    Happy Blue Monday...


    Sheila :-)

  8. Amazing!

    Happy Blue Monday, Diann, you crafty YOU!

  9. gorgeous! and if you do make napkins you could use that blue fabric you cut off to make napkin rings! wouldn't they be cute with a starfish or sand dollar glued onto them!

  10. You are creative, wonderful ideas. Happy Blue Monday!

  11. Wow too cute i like sales hehehe. Happy blue Monday.

  12. It is finds like this that keep us hunting....LOVE it!

  13. Gorgeous!

    Musical Snow Globe, is my entry. Have a great week ahead!

  14. I can make a table cover with this or table runner. Love the design and the color. Happy MOnday!
    Blue Sky

  15. You always amaze me with the thrifty things you find and then make.

  16. That was a great idea. Looks very nice.

  17. I am just seeing this. I bought those too, but I paid a lot more! .50! :)
    I have also made napkins from them, and sewed some together to make a tablecloth. Can't beat the price!
    Did you see the new flyer? I have to get there!


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