Friday, February 25, 2011

Vintage Linen Tablecloth Drapes

 Another grey day in Boston had me taking down my pink drapes.
I added a mismatched pair of linen embroidered tablecloths to 
each of  the existing fleur~de~lis sheer linen panels.
 Each panel is a little bit different in pattern. 
They hang beautifully and have a shabby look.
Why hide them in a drawer?
 These tablecloths were purchased by mom when we lived overseas in the '60s.
I think they are from Hong Kong and the detailed handwork is incredible.
This right hand cloth has an ivy pattern with tiny cutwork.
 The left panel has large roses with tiny cutwork.
We ate many dinners on these fancy tablecloths and I still use them for our special occasions.
I attach the ring clip to the edge of the panel and let it hang.
It is as simple as that. No hemming, no ironing, no sewing.
 Switching things around to lighten the grey days....
 Still snow on the ground but it is raining now and will be for the next day.
Clip the tablecloth onto the drapery rings and voila!
Embroidered linen drapery panels with an interesting past.
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  1. What a lovely lovely home you have! How do you make tablecloths into curtains? They're so very pretty! I'm adding you to our blogroll so I can come back here ofter. You should visit us on Monday for another "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" ;) Nice meeting you!


  2. Lovely! What a great idea!

    Deborah in NC

  3. They 're so beautiful...I get some table and bed cloth..and you can't balieve it...This morning I was thinking how to use the bed ones....and you gave me a GREAT IDEA.... Thanks and have a nice weekend!!!Hugs, Flavia

  4. I love the tablecloths as curtain. Its gray here too and cold and my heat has quit! Remember it quit last fall and then started again like a miracle? Well, I guess after over a week of not using it because it was so decided it did not want to start up again. Terrible.

  5. Just gorgeous! It's raining there? It's snowing like crazy here! Sullivan home from school... ugh:)

  6. These are so lovely Amy, and I love that they are vintage and one of a kind! Christie

  7. You're such a smart girl! I'm always excited to see what you come up with next. Lovely!

  8. Amy, I want bedroom window coverings very similar! Lovely!!

    Art by Karena

  9. ahhh... they are heavenly, like gossamer, i loved the pink curtains, but i love these just as much in a different way... and the rug is wonderful! i don't remember noticing it before.


  10. Great idea Amy! I love how they look!~Hugs, Patti

  11. These are gorgeous Amy! I have some pretty tablecloths from my grandmothers but most have stains. :( I love how you are using them.

    Thanks also for your kind words on my post today. Ironically, I thought I was following you awhile back, and recently found that I wasn't either! I've found that if I comment, and THEN try to follow somebody, that Blogger kinda wigs out and won't bring up the follow button....? anyway. And I took your suggestion. :) Thanks!!!

  12. They are much to pretty to have hidden away!

    Lots of snow out my window and more coming down now.

    Enjoy your weekend,


  13. Hi Amy!
    You have given me a wonderful idea! Thank you.
    I have two beautiful vintage linen tablecloths and I think I'll try them on the windows in my guestroom. Oh, thank you for this idea.
    I love how your looks, just beautiful and gives you room a softer, brighter look.


  14. LOVE THE CURTAINS! I am inspired. Your place is elegant and inviting!

  15. Stopping in to wish you a happy weekend, Amy! Love the re-purposing here and they make beautiful drapes. Shabby indeed. Love 'em. Thank you so much for sharing with air your laundry Friday too!


  16. Those turned out really beautiful. I have a stash of some beautiful damask table cloths that I am thinking of using in a project.

  17. What a fabulous idea and what a gorgeous blog. Im your newest follower.

  18. Looks gorgeous Amy!!
    I agree with you...why hide these beautiful tablecloths in the drawer!

    Pamela xo

  19. Thanks for coming by and saying hi! You have a lovely blog. Love those vintage cutwork tablecloth/curtains. In fact all your draperies are beautiful. I collect old tole trays too. Now I'm your newest follower. Mimi

  20. Amy, those are beautiful. What a great idea.

  21. I couldn't agree more, Amy. Enjoy them and take them out for their beauty!

  22. Hi Amy~your tablecloth drapes are absolutely gorgeous! I love them and love how you have mixed and matched them- just perfect!!! What a great idea you had! Thanks for sharing this over at my party! :)

  23. What a pretty living room! Love your curtains!

  24. I love looking at the world through lace curtains - I am going to have to look for some of those clips! Thank you for sharing,

  25. Those are soo very beautiful! They look lovely in your room! Funny thing, I just made curtains out of a tablecloth too!:)


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