Vintage Linen Table Runner

Greetings Friends! There is just something about Vintage linens that make me swoon...Whether they are trimmed in delicate lace, hand embroidered or feature intricate patterns, I can't seem to get enough! Today I am sharing a simple yet elegant table runner crafted with these pretties. 

Vintage linen table runner

I have been planning to fashion a table runner out of my linen stash for some time.  I purposely mixed whites and creams as well as different sizes and shapes, wanting to create a unique shape rather than a narrow rectangle like a typical runner. Here's a view from the opposite end of the table...

Vintage linen table  runner

I started by arranging different pieces on the table until I was happy with the design. Because I use linens so often, I really didn't want to stitch them together.  However, I also didn't want the lightest little hankie at the end to fly off the table if I rushed by! Hmmmm....what to do?

Vintage linen table runner

Upon closer inspection, I noticed that several linens had lace openings that would serve as button holes.  So I gathered some tiny buttons...

Vintage linen table runner

Look closely above and you can see where I sewed the itsy bitsy button. 

Vintage linen table runner

Here, you can see it "buttoned" onto the lace. 

Vintage linen runner

At this end, the circular lace work just needed a tiny snip inside to accommodate an equally tiny button. Pretty nifty, huh? Now if--or perhaps I should say when--I want to use them for another purpose, I can just unbutton  ;) 

Vintage linen table runner

Here's a closer peek at the finished runner; simply adorned with pewter candlesticks and my shoe shine box centerpiece.  Last week's roses faded and have since been replaced with Pink Lady amaryllis I grew from bulbs.   Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

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13 comments:

  1. what a pretty way to use your doilies and things...and the centerpiece is so creative. I am a thrift store lover myself! :) I always enjoy your projects. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day.

    Tamara

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  2. That turned out really cute Cecilia and good planning to be able to take it apart to use the individual pieces.
    Have a great week.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  3. Hat a great idea. This way you can reuse the linens if you wish. Thanks for sharing.

    Judy

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  4. So clever! In fact I will be stealing this idea :>)))

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  5. Oh how pretty! I adore doilies so this is right up my alley :) Thanks for sharing, sweet lady! Hugs!

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  6. Cecilia, you have the cutest ideas! ~Hugs Jo

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  7. Your idea is genius! I love it as it is reversible. The buttons look so sweet! Good job!

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  8. Very cute, Cecelia and also timely. After putting some colored handkerchiefs in embroidery hoops what to do with my large stash of vintage white hankies was the next question. Thanks for answering it. I made a runner out of thrifted doilies as a gift for a friend a couple of years ago and it turned out well, despite me not being smart enough to think of the button trick.

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  9. This is a really good idea! Thanks so much for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week!

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  10. That turned out wonderfully. Great job!

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  11. What a great idea! This really beautiful!

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