Monday, June 13, 2011

Ruffled Rags: DIY Table Cloth

There's just something about ragging that makes it undoubtedly charming. Using strips of old fabrics to create rugs, garland, lamp shades and yes even table cloths. If you've been to arOka you'll have seen the one I created for the display table at the front door. There have been so many of you asking for the DIY details, its now time to share! So without further adieu here are the step by step directions to creating your own... 

Supplies you need:
Old sheets or fabric 
To start measure the top of your table and add 3 inches all the way around for the main table top portion (you can also repurpose an old table cloth, just trim it). For the rags, calculate the width, depth and drop to the floor to get the proper amount of fabric needed. It may seem like a lot of fabric but trust me you’ll need most of it to get the full ruffled effect!
Cut strips of fabric … Burlap 2” (too wide makes it impossible to work with & tie), cotton or other light weight fabrics 2 or 3” and tulle 4”. Once you have all your fabric cut into strips, take the measurement from the top to the floor and add 6” to get the length for each piece. Tip #1: Using rolls of tulle found in some craft stores saves time! (I used one that was 4” wide found on sale at Michaels)
Place the table top fabric over the table and even it out ensuring each side has a 3” drop. Pick a side, any side to start. It doesn't matter where you begin or with what fabric. Depending on the thickness of your rag, cut a small hole 1-2” down the drop that’s big enough to pull it through. Tip 2: Practice on a piece of the table top fabric to see how it reacts to the hole and rag pieces being pulled through and tied. Burlap has such a loose weave; the small hole can grow too large so you may need to adjust these directions accordingly.
Insert your first piece of rag carefully through the back of the hole (see picture). Wrap the fabric around the back and tie it only once in the front (see picture). Now keep going! Make sure each new hole is 3/4" away from the last. From here there are no rules…you can alternate your fabric however you wish!
Tip 3: Don’t trim the rags! When you’re done one side, reposition the others so you have the proper 3” overhang (the weight of a completed side often pulls the others out of proportion).
Once your done ragging the entire way around, adjust the top for evenness and start trimming! Leave the knotted area about 1” higher than the table top for a ruffled effect. Trimming pieces at the floor should be done one at a time. There is no need for perfection or measuring, imperfectly perfect as I always say!
That’s it! Simple, easy and full of charm! 
Have a wonderful week my friends!
xoxo Dawna
Creative Curator

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sewing the Threads of Love

A finely placed stitch here or a button there can create a most magical wedding! As a long time collector of vintage buttons and antique spools I couldn't resist dedicating this post to the creativity that can come about from simple sewing supplies. Charming, unique and easy on the pocket book, the following photos pay homage to an age old craft that is close to all our hearts.

A simple jar of buttons can do wonders for your wedding theme.

I adore these! Vintage hankies & buttons repurposed
to create a story book style invitation.

Talk about an heirloom bouquet! Look at all those buttons.

Simply sweet button boutonniere.

Too cute place cards.

A collection of these little thread nests would
be adorable as part of the table decor. 
{complete DIY Tutorial via Rusty Rooster Vintage}

Vintage industrial spools make great centre pieces too.
{via source unknown}

Unique napkin rings add lots of charm to each place setting.

Simple buttons placed in the bottom of each vase is beautiful!

Can you imagine these antique sewing machine drawers stuffed
full of flowers, succulents or candy? I can!
{via unknown}

Another great napkin ring idea. Love the measure tape too!

These sweet treats are amazing and made
using vintage chocolate button molds!
{complete DIY tutorial & where to buy the molds at Bake It Pretty}

What a simply beautiful cake adorned with edible buttons.

Button garland? Yes Please!

More spool card holders. So creative.

Yes we at arOka heart vintage sewing supplies!

Until next time my lovelies!
xoxo Dawna
Creative Curator