I have a (ridiculously) large bag of vintage linens that are meant for 'cutting'--meaning they are stained, or shrunk or the like. I usually can never bring myself to actually cut them up. But for some reason, I've been wielding the scisors like mad on that bag lately.
First up were these chair cushions from an old, old quilt that I picked up that was in a sorry state of disrepair, and not well put together to begin with (blogged here). I used that thick foam stuff at JoAnn's as the padding inside.
And, again. Closer up. (Oh, the blue and yellow chairs and table. Ack. I have such a hard time with color--I've been staring at these for two years now going back and forth between hating and loving my color choice. A new can of paint--white--currently awaits my next moment of painting time to do it once again.)
Same cutting strategy applied here to these table place mats. I cut up pieces of old napkins, and pieced them together for the top layer. Added some interfacing (non fusible), and backed it. I used a stitch in the ditch to quilt it all together.
And the back--isn't such a lovely pattern? It was a beautiful vintage dress, until it made it's way into the washing machine by accident and shrivelled all up to bits. So now I'll be happy to eat off it. ;)
Snip, snip. It's kind of dangerous...and immensly satisfying.