New Uses For Tired Vinyl Tablecloths

A few months ago I decided that I never wanted to use another vinyl tablecloth. I’d rather use cloth ones and bite the bullet when it comes to doing the laundry. Being an Irish gal raised by an Irish mother and grandmother though, there was no way I was just going to toss my vinyl tablecloths in the trash can. Tag along as I look for ways to use my vinyl tablecloths …

Diaper Changing Pad

Click this image for the tute.I especially like this idea because if the changing pad gets so yucky that wiping it off is no longer an option I wouldn’t have any qualms about just tossing it.

Smashed Peas And Carrots Diaper Pad Tutorial

 

 

 

 

Children’s Art Center

A vinyl tablecloth is idea to cover the floor when the kiddos are working on a messy art project.

 

Plant Doilies

Cut circles from your vinyl tablecloth that are slightly bigger than your flower pots. These are great for protecting your floors and furniture from any moisture. Bonus – your new doilies will keep the pots from sticking to the surface they’re resting on.

Shelf & Drawer Liners

Cut your tablecloth to fit shelves and drawers for pretty liners with a little extra cushion, perfect for storing breakable items.

 

Patio Pillows

Cut your tablecloth and stitch or tape to make covers for your existing patio furniture pillows.

 

Car Protector

Keep a vinyl tablecloth in your car for when you’re transporting pets, wet and/or sandy children, plants …

 

Beach Totes

Cut and stitch or tape into custom-sized beach totes. Easy to clean and easy to toss out when they get too gross.

 

Card Table Cover

If you have an old card table with a top that’s seen some wear and tear you can cut and glue a vinyl tablecloth to the top to make a pretty new card table.

 

If you have any other ideas for using a vinyl tablecloth please comment below.

 

The Versatile Maxi Skirt

I had a halter dress that I loved and wore a lot – a few years ago. The rule in my closet is that no matter how much I love it, if I’m not wearing it then it gets moved to the refashion closet.

I had an idea I wanted to try out and this dress ...

+ this t-shirt would be the perfect pieces for this experiment.

The first step is to remove the bodice from the skirt.

Bye-bye dress, hello skirt and new top.

I removed the cute little applique from the t-shirt. I’m not that into appliques, but this one has potential for a future refashion.

Whada ya' think? Pretty cute, right?

Then I cut across the t-shirt right under the arm cycles to get a tube which will become the waistband/bodice of my new skirt/strapless dress. All I had to do was sew the tube to the skirt. Since the t-shirt was too large, I had more fabric than I needed to make this a secure waistband. So I sewed up the length of the tube, allowing the excess fabric to cascade into a ruffle. When the waistband is folded down the ruffle is hidden, and when the waistband is extended the ruffle is a nice detail.

Here's the waistband folded down to make this a skirt.

And here is the waistband extended to make a strapless dress.

And here's another look, with the ruffle in the front.

Gotta love a two-fer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boot Stands – For Free

I have a lot of boots. A lot. I don’t like when they flop over in my closet because they take up extra space and it puts stress on the shaft of the boot. Have you priced boot stands lately? They go for anywhere from $15 to $250! Even at the bargain price of $15 x 30 (and growing) that’s $450 just to keep my boots standing straight. I could buy – well a LOT of boots for $450. So I started looking around my house for something I could use to keep my boots from flopping over and ended up rolling a magazine and using a couple rubber bands to hold the roll in place.

 

Simple and free. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Rescue Dress

Way to rescue a dress headed for the landfill Marissa.

I never would have guessed that this dress could have turned out so fabulous! Now go out a save a dress.