Saturday, May 3, 2014

Vintage Buckles- So fun!

 While tidying up my sewing room closet this week, I came across my box of vintage buckles that I have been collecting. I was never sure about what I was going to do with them, but knew that I think of something someday....hmmmm....what could I make?

I know! Some napkin rings!  At first,  I was going to use a mix of colors but I was having trouble finding a fabric that I thought would look good so I chose this nautical fabric and some blue and black buckles.  I thought these would make cute rings for our lake cottage.
    I decided that I wanted my rings to be 1 1/4" wide (to fit in my buckles) and about 5 1/2" around so I cut four pieces 5"x 7".  I didn't want my rings to be wimpy so I cut four pieces of medium weight interfacing 6"x 1 1/4".
    I folded each of the short ends in 1/2" and pressed.
 Then I folded it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together to measure 2 1/2"x 6" and pressed.  I opened it and placed the interfacing along the crease.
 The next step was to fold the raw edges in to the crease and press.  One more fold along the original center crease and I was ready to edge stitch along each long edge.
 I threaded my fabric through the buckle, overlapped it by about 1/2" and slip stitched the back.  Done!

 After completing the first set, I decided I could close the back with Velcro so the buckles would be interchangeable.  I am thinking of making some Napa Valley Picnic Totes for wedding shower gifts this spring and think I will add some of these napkin rings.
    I also had some neat fabric left from my pillow project that I thought would look good with these brown buckles so I made some more.

  How about some vintage lace for this sweet look?

But what if you don't have any of these dandy vintage buckles?  No problem!  They are almost always available in flea markets.  I have also found them at estate sales, in vintage and antique stores and on ebay. Once you start looking for them, you will be amazed at how many you find.  There are also great new buckles available in the notions departments at fabric stores so you will be able to make loads of these quick and easy cuties.  Have fun!




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