Vintage Sewing Pattern - Thrift Store Challenge

It's time once again for Ten on the 10th.    The theme for this month is Thrift Store and this group of blogger friends will share their ideas that cost under $10.  Are you ready?  Here's what I found at the Thrift Store for a quarter, that's right 25 cents!
As soon as I saw the outfits I knew it was vintage and then there was the price of 65 cents.  
Can you believe it? 
Have you priced sewing patterns lately?  
I still wanted to know what year it was from and the back did not disappoint:
That's right, 1964!
I knew exactly what I was going to do and it started with all the pattern pieces.  After I pulled them out, I ironed them to remove as many creases as possible.  
I started cutting squares that were 8"x10" and stacked 8 of them.  Then it was like being in elementary school again, making tissue paper flowers.  I started folding the stack accordian style:
When the whole thing was folded, I tied a chenille stem around the middle:

Each of the ends were rounded with scissors:
And the layers of tissue were lifted and fluffed until it looked like a flower.  I made a few of these, some different sizes and the looked perfect in that empty pitcher of mine that you saw a few weeks ago.
I know you were worried about that empty pitcher!
The cost so far? 25 cents!  I had the chenille stems in my stash...but I wasn't done yet!  I thought the envelope was beautiful and the colors were still bright, so I grabbed an 8x10 inch canvas at the dollar store and got to work.
After painting the edges black with some acrylic paint, I distressed and decoupaged some of the instructions onto the surface.  
When it dried, I added a piece of turquoise cardstock and the front of the envelope with more decoupage medium. 
Taa-Daa, artwork for the craft room!
Total cost:  $1.25
I just LOVE a good bargain, don't you?
Now, this is Ten on the 10th, so hop on over to all the other blogs to see what they found at the Thrift Store!

Comments

  1. Adorable! I have a huge bag of sewing patterns that belonged to my cousin's grandmother. Making flowers with some of the tissue is a great way to use some of the patterns and it would look good in my sewing room. I also love the art that you created!

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    1. Thank you, Paula. This project is perfect for a sewing room!

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  2. Those are so pretty! I wish I had some of the old sewing patterns my mother had... hmmm maybe she still has them someplace! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You never know what's stashed away, Susan...happy to inspire!

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  3. So pretty! I love looking at old patterns...this is too cute and a great idea!
    Happy Ten on the 10th!

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    1. What caught my eye was the colors - practically no fading at all. Thanks for stopping by, Tammy!

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  4. This is precious. I hope that someone did something fun with all the patterns I have given away. It's just not economical to sew clothing anymore. I love this. It's darling.

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    1. I hope they did too, Katie. There were a lot of them at the thrift store, but this was the only real 'vintage' one.

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  5. Hello Ann and Happy 10 on the 10th!!!!!!!!!! Love the sweet pattern decoupage pieces you made today. What a good idea to use the old pattern pieces to make flowers ~ I would never have thought of that. My favorite I think is the pattern cover layered over the pattern instructions. Genius!

    Thanks so much for the great ideas! Pinned all to various boards of mine for you. <3

    Happy almost Valentine's,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Happy 10 on the 10th to you too, Barb! The colors inspired me to use the pattern envelope. They are so bright and cheerful! I also wanted to decoupage a box, but I didn't have one...maybe my next project?
      Have a wonderful week!

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  6. I love this project! I have seen so many vintage patterns and passed them by. I use to use them for tissue paper in gifts, but now will pick them up to try my hand at making some pretty flowers! Gorgeous!! Have a great one! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Benita. Tissue paper in gifts is a great idea! I'll keep that one in mind.
      Have a great week!

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  7. Very clever! The turquoise version on the pattern package looks just like the outfit I got to appear in a school program in the square dancing segment. I think that was in fourth grade! It was trimmed with silver rick-rack. Of course, my outfit was store-bought as my mother didn't sew. #HappinessIsHomemade

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    1. Happy to bring back fond memories for you, Jean. When I first saw it, it did remind me of a square dancing outfit!
      Thank you for stopping by...

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  8. Totally groovy pattern. I cannot believe twenty five cents for a vintage pattern. Happy Crafting, Kippi #kippiathome

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    1. Thanks, Kippi. Yes, patterns were VERY affordable in 1965!
      Ann

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  9. Such a cute idea for a dressing room or sewing room. I recently bought a pattern and the cost was $18.... Thanks goodness for coupons!

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    1. $18...huge difference from 1964! I do a little sewing, but mostly curtains and crafts. It's just too expensive. Coupons and ibotta save me every time!

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  10. Love the pattern flowers and what great art work! I have several patterns that I keep and use as tissue paper for gift bags. But I love them so much it's hard to give them up so it's only my closest friends that get that tissue! ;)

    You've inspired me to make some artwork out of the envelopes! Love this idea. Enjoyed hopping with you today.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I'm so glad I inspired you!

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  11. Love both of your projects! This post has brought back so many happy memories of picking out a pattern with my mom and waiting for my new dress to come into being, later learning how to follow a pattern myself, and also making tissue paper flowers with friends. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Eilis. I love when something brings back happy memories!

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  12. Such a darling pattern and wonderful project!!!! Have a wonderful Valentine filled week.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

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  13. Ann, I thought you were going to make a dress with the pattern. What a switcheroo. Darling way to reuse old patterns. You are just too darn smart. I have several old patterns so now I have a way to use them. Thanks for sharing a great creative project.

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    1. Aww, thanks, Carol. I learned to sew when I was a girl in 4-H, but never was that good at it. Repurposing is more my style!

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  14. I love the cleverness of this project ! Such a precious use!
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, Jemma. I immediately thought those colors needed to be displayed.

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  15. I love old patterns and this is a great way to use them! You are so creative and who can beat that price??

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    1. Thanks, Kim...and I can only wish for those prices!

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  16. That's spooky, as soon as I saw the packet I thought 'that would make great art for a craft room'. Great minds think alike eh? ! You did a great job and what a bargain too!

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    1. That is so funny, Julie! Great minds DO think alike!

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  17. What a great idea! The sewing pattern flowers look so pretty. And you certainly can’t beat $0.25!

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    1. I always love a good bargain! Thank you so much for stopping by...

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  18. We have the best thrift store in Powell River, BC. It is the Economy Shop run by volunteers for the Hospital Society. There are lots of things for a quarter and I've found many treasures and things I've needed that would cost a lot more in a retail store. Thanks for sharing this fun blog sharing activity. - Margy

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Margy. Thrift stores are so much fun, aren't they?

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  19. Both projects are so lovely. I really like the flowers. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party.

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  20. How fun! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  21. Ann,
    I had some issues with the party but wanted to let you know that you were featured at OTM. I think it is all OK now. I hope.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you so much, Bev. I hope those issues have resolved themselves!

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  22. Oh, these are both fantastic! I love the flowers, and the artwork is perfect for a craft room. You can't buy hardly anything for 25 cents anymore. Great job! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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    1. Thank you, Amy. The price was certainly right!

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  23. What a darling idea, I love how you used both the tissue paper and the pattern to create something beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn, I'm so glad you stopped by!

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