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By Monica from Cortez, CO
I bought a printed, ruffled bedspread, which I suspect is about 40 years old, for $1 at the thrift shop. In good shape, it was a little faded, which made me not want to use it on the bed, but gave it a sort of "vintage" patina. I took it apart and made several matching items to perk up my bedroom. It was fun to see how far I could make that dollar stretch! I have enough fabric left to make a few accent pillows. It was twin-sized. Sometimes you can find two matching twins, which would really give you something to work with!
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With a vintage jar, I used the same method for covering the lid as I did for the tray and then trimmed the raw edge with ribbon.
Valance: I made this by removing one whole long side of the bedspread, keeping ruffle attached and adding a rod pocket at the top.
Hope Chest Cover: I used the other long side of the spread and just hemmed the raw edge.
'Nite Notes' Journal: Cut a motif from the fabric, attach with hot glue, add title with 3-D paint.
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA
What better way to give your home a touch of spring than with a bed spring bunny. This bunny head is made using an old chenille bedspread, a recycled bed spring, and a few other odds and ends you probably already have in your craft supplies. The finished bunny stands 11 inches tall.
If you have any of those old chenille bedspreads around, put it to good use and make a handbag. I made this one to show off the pink center in the daisy. That part is the flap of the bag.
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I have a very old Bates "Queen Elizabeth" pattern woven white cotton bedspread I purchased for $10 at an estate sale. It was an awesome find and I've enjoyed it so much, but now it has developed quite a bit of wear (and even a few holes) in the top, due to being used and washed almost weekly for the past year (the cat sleeps on it too). The sides and top/bottom are still quite good. I need suggestions for crafts I might make from it. I've seen suggestions on using chenille bedspreads for crafts, but this is a much heavier material.