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29 January, 2013

Make Your Own Vintage French Table Linens

You know how much I love collecting all things French...especially those that are vintage! There is nothing I would love better than to wander through the Sunday brocante at l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where I found my favorite Quimper plates in search of wonderful vintage linens. But a trip to France is not always possible. Sooo…being the copy-cat that I am, I  have learned to recreate them…and do it on a budget. Today I would like to share some of my favorite creations with you!

025_thumb[14] Among my favorites are these very budget-friendly but realistic-looking monogrammed vintage French tea towels…made from bargain IKEA  tea towels for under $1.00 each! And they are super easy! You don’t even have to be able to cross-stitch or sew to make these! I tweaked an image from The Graphics Fairy to accomplish the monogram.

019_thumb[11] Here are some more that are super easy and inexpensive…my vintage French tea towels…also coming in at $1.00 each. They are made from...guess what...flour sack towels from Target....with another tweaked image from Karen at The Graphics Fairy!

Easy Hydrangea Tea Towels I love the wonderful hydrangea prints on these tea towels…so fresh and summery! Once again, these are inexpensive, easy and require no sewing courtesy of Target and The Graphics Fairy!

025_thumb[5]Gotta love these…Wisteria inspired hand towels…made of fabulous nubby linen with a raveled edge for a really rustic vintage look! I like to use them as very generous napkins, too.

DIY Silverware Sleeve I think this is one of my favorite projects ever…my vintage French silverware sleeve! I used inexpensive user-friendly Osnaburg fabric for these for a linen look without the price! There are pockets for holding the silverware…labeled in French, of course…and even a pocket for the napkin!

silverware sleeveAnd I love the way it looks folded on the plate! I tied it up with jute twine for a rustic touch. Doesn’t it look like you are sitting down for supper in an old French farmhouse?

runner_thumb[6] And finally…for another farmhouse touch…a faux grain sack table runner to finish off your table!

044Just layer them on for a really rustic feel! One of these days I will have another chance to head out to the brocante, but in the meantime, I am happy with my own “vintage” creations!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my homemade “vintage” French linens! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday
The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. I am amazed at your abilities! Just beautiful!



  2. I so want some of these linens! If I ever get organized maybe I can take some time and learn to do these transfers!
    hugs, Linda

  3. LOVE them all, and I had not seen the folded silverware holder. YES that is my fave too. You inspire me to get out my machine and some transfer paper. I am so appreciative of your talents. xxoo

  4. Hi Debbie! Oh, these are just gorgeous! You're amazing with all you make! Love love them.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Debbie, your designs are always so beautiful and clever! love them all!

  6. Just beautiful and with so much style as always! I actually made some towels lately with exactly the same picture from Graphics Fairy:)
    Greetings, Jagoda

  7. I love each and everyone of your vintage creations Debbie!!

  8. This post is filled to the brim with gorgeous French goodies. I love the sleeve so much!! Very cute!

  9. How great these look! If I could pick a favorite....but I can't! All of them are terrific!

  10. Love that French silverware sleeve! That's so clever.

  11. Debbie, Each one is beautiful! I bought the Ikea red strip tea towels with plans to copy your project. Hopefully I'll have time when I go home for a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects at the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry

  12. Debbie- I love your "vintage" French towels, etc. They look marvelous. Would you believe I have NEVER been to Ikea? We don't have one anywhere close to me...drat!!!! I love what you did with each one of those items- xo Diana

  13. You have made some of the most fabulous things. I love all your vintage recreations. Hugs, Marty

  14. Those look wonderful! I love that blue stripe fabric on the table runner! Where did you find that?

  15. I am so glad that you like them! There's actually a link to my source for the striped fabric in that post. Just click on the link!...hugs...Debbie

  16. Debbie,
    All of your tea towels and runners are gorgeous!!!
    I, especially, adore the one with the flatware pattern!!!
    Still in the "make~over" process in Studio One, but there may be a time in the future for table linens!!! Thank you for inspiring me, always!!!

  17. All of these projects are so fabulous! Love that French!!!!

  18. Ooooooh, I love them all! I would love to do your bon appetit one. I know Karen has the graphics but how did you add the bon appetit??????


  19. I don't know which is my favorite...maybe the silverware sleeve? Always the best French inspiration here. I'll be in l'lsle-sur-la-sorgue this spring and can't wait to shop!

  20. I love all of your craft projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. So pretty. I love the last shot with the table runner and the casual plate with the fruit. Perfect!!

  22. Debbie
    You never cease to amaze me. I can't decide which of these projects I love the most, but I really need to visit the The Graphics Fairy more often. Thanks for sharing these.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  23. All your table linens are so pretty, Debbie. I keep thinking I'll make some for myself- the ruffled linen towels are my faves. :)

  24. Everything looks so pretty! You always amaze me! Who would have thought and Ikea towel could become a French tea towel? Love them all!

  25. Wow so many to choose from....I love them all! I think my favorite e ones are the linen looking ones that have ruffles on the end and I love that you can use them as oversized napkins! Brilliant ideas. Come link up to centerpiece Wed.

  26. Stunning, every single one. MY fave is your rustic edge napkin. Of course, I love old linens too (I sell them in my shop,, but yours are inspirational to say the least. thanks

  27. Thank you so much for this round up of wonderful table linens--I've been obsessing about table linens lately, so I am definitely pinning and will try some of these! Also very helpful to know where you purchased the inexpensive napkins--Dollar Tree used to sell flour sack towels, but no longer carry them where I live, so I will check out some of your other sources.

  28. Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! I'm pinning, I really have to try these. I plan on redoing my kitchen with a vintage French theme so these will fit in perfectly! Thanks!
    Debbie :)

  29. Love the Wisteria Hand Towles! Visiting from Stonegable.

  30. Love the romantic vintage feel to all your linens. The faux grain sack table runner is the icing on the cake. It's all just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing,

  31. These are beautiful and something even I might be able to do! You have a new follower in me.
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

  32. New follower here...I'm bookmarking this one! These are so elegant and pretty.

  33. I can see that you and my daughter have very similar taste when it comes to the French country look. Like you, she loves to browse the antique markets in France which have inspired many a DIY project. With the look so popular these days, it's easy to find things to make into your own.

  34. A kindred spirit! I also love repurposing vintage linens - I love your ideas/designs! There's nothing like giving new life to old, or bringing some old charm to new! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  35. bravo, debbie. these are such creative frugal finds!

    popping over via frenchcountrycottage and hope you'll stop by when you have a moment.

    smiles to you and happy weekend.


  36. I love all things french too! These are such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend!
    Jamie ~ Better With Age


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie