Vintage Fashion + IKEA = Inspo

Calling all lovers of vintage fashion and crafting! The Vintage Patterns Wiki has just released more than 80,000 out-of-print vintage sewing patterns, free to browse and use. Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Bill for bringing this to my attention (psst…Bill is also a best-selling author and pickle tycoon – you might want to follow him!).

If you saw my no-sew fabric bunting post, you might remember that sewing and I are not friends. I feel the same way about it as I do Taylor Swift – I can’t stand it, but it’s wholesome and sweet, so I enthusiastically support other people who love it.

Browsing through these vintage patterns is pretty fun and nostalgic. Although it’s too ambitious of a project for me right now, it got me thinking that you could really up the ante by using IKEA textiles to make some of these garments. IKEA’s textiles are some of the most affordable out there as far as I can tell. Their signature brand of ditsy and bold patterns would work amazingly for a retro creation. Here are some pairings that get my wheels turning:

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DIY No-Sew Fabric Bunting

If you’re someone who sews, let me say right off the bat, KUDOS. My experience with sewing is limited to ninth grade Home Ec class. Picture me: braces, velour t-shirt, and eager to shine in the eyes of my teacher. Sitting awkwardly in front of a hot, humming sewing machine, raising my hand for the umpteenth time because my needle got snagged up again. Now picture Mrs Webber looking exasperated because she already showed me how to fix it…umpteen times. Needless to say, I’ve never fancied myself a seamstress. When I came across From Faye‘s tutorial for no-sew bunting, I was excited to try it for myself.

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DIY Mini House Shelves UNDER $10

I’ve passed by these wooden houses in Dollarama’s craft section for ages. Recently, my Pinterest and YouTube have been flooded with ideas for minimalist-inspired decor. Although minimalism isn’t really my style, pins like this one show how adorably whimsical those little wooden houses can look in a kid’s room. It inspired me to get crafting! I’m in LOVE with how the final product turned out. If you’re into quick, easy and cheap DIYs, this one’s for you!

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DIY Lampshade Makeover Under $15

When I first moved out of my parents’ house, I inherited a bunch of household items, many of which I’m still using today. Among those items was this lamp:


Although it served me well for years, it’s safe to say it’s out of style at this point. That being said, it still functions perfectly, so, rather than get rid of it, I’m giving it a facelift! You might be surprised at how easy and inexpensive it is to DIY a fresh, new lampshade cover.

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