Hand-Made for the Holidays... Vintage Bark Cloth & A Giveaway!

You may recall from this post that the living room and our master bedroom are next on the list for some much needed updating.  While I'd love to jump right into the bedroom first, it's going to take much longer and will cost more... so the living room it is!

This is the material I used a couple of years ago to make the window treatments that hang above the wooden blinds.  Much as I love the big pop of color it gives to the high ceilings (that and the red wall!), I'm going for a more neutral look now.

It's vintage Bark Cloth that I bought off of Ebay for a steal about five or six years ago.  The selvage is printed with "Markwood Fabrics...Guaranteed to be Vat Printed".  Not sure "vat" that is (get it?), but.... once off the windows, it looked a little more Christmas-sy than I realized.

I hated to just fold it up and put it I blew the dust off my sewing machine and whipped up these.  Mini stockings.  I've made six so far and plan to "string" them together to use as a garland for the mantle in the office.

Speaking of garland.... I also tried this out for the small tree we decorate for the living room.  I just backed a piece in fusible interfacing, cut that into strips using my pinking shears, and hot glued the links together.  

I think it will look great with the painted wooden ornaments the kids made when they were little.  A little vintage tree of their own!

Now for the Give Away.... I still have fabric left over in addition to the panels I made into valances. The panels are approximately 90" wide by 36" long and there are three all together.  

Have a re-purposing idea of your own (or some naked windows that could use a little Christmas cheer)?  I'll be giving away all three panels to one random winner.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.... sharing the post on Facebook would be really nice, too.

The contest will run through Monday, October 31st. and we'll announce the winner Tuesday the 1st.  Easy nuf?

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  1. Beautiful fabric and what a great idea to make stockings out of it! I would use it in my quilting if I won it. Great giveaway!

  2. Excellent! Just what I need! I have an open living room/kitchen with a wide hallway leading outside. I rent my rooms out to college/foreign students and have a metal shelf at least 7' high stacked with linens, etc. for the kids. It's an eyesore! I would love to use these gorgeous panels to hide the mess and exhibit their bright colors and beautiful pattern!

  3. What a nice fabric! I like that it has christmas colors but that you could really use it at any time of year!


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