9.10.2010

New Use for an Old Blanket

As I was cleaning out my closets in preparation for our move, I came across this blanket. It was my grandmother's, and it sat on one of two twin beds in her guest room when I was growing up. I can remember sleeping underneath it many times! Somehow it was passed to me, and I've been carrying it from house to house for years.

Sadly, when I recently unfolded it I could see holes all throughout, making it not-very-useful for my family today. Still, I could not even think about parting with it.

Instead, (Grandma, forgive me!) I cut into the material and sewed up some simple Euro-sized pillowcases. As usual with my sewing, they will win no prizes for skill, style or durability.

But it's a way for me to keep my special things near me. Still useful. (Even more so, actually, since the blanket had exhausted its lifetime as a blanket!) I am hoping my grandmother would approve!


16 comments:

The Starr Family said...

They look great.. what better way to preserve memories? I always think that old textiles have so much character, they seem to give a space substance.

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

i'm certain she would be thrilled! nice thinking, sweet sentiments!

Shilo said...

She certainly would. Grandmothers always do! :)

Diana said...

I think she would love the repurposing. Our grandparents always did that! Great job, girl.

Rebecca (Craving Simplicity) said...

What a great idea!!

SC Crew said...

Love the idea. I, too, have a blanket that has pretty much exhausted its life. It's one of my most prized possessions from my childhood though so it is neatly folded and kept in the closet. I'll see about doing something similar so I can actually see and use it for many years to come.

Jboo said...

Beautiful!! Great idea! I'm sure your Grandmother would approve!

Janet

Blissfully Enamored said...

i am sure that she would be proud that you put it to good use! they look so cute on your bed! love it!

Carolyn @ life, love & puppy prints said...

This is such a great idea! I bet your grandma loves the idea that you have found a way to keep something like that in your family for this long!! :)

Val said...

I think it's very sweet and she would be proud!!!

jewelrybyrebecca said...

I'm sure your grandma would be proud!

Happiness Is... said...

I love that. I think repurposing old things and antiques is fine - the spirit of the piece (and the memories) are still there.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Grandma would approve, I'm sure.... And, though you say they may win no prizes for skill, they WILL win BIG prizes for sweet memories.

Have a happy day!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Genny said...

What a great idea! And those pillows are beautiful. :)

I haven't been by in a while; it's great to pop by and see some of your most recent projects. I love your new design here too.

Hugs to you!

Genny

allthingsjuice said...

I love it! What a terrific way to keep your Grandmother close to your heart.

allthingsjuice said...

I love it! What a terrific way to keep your Grandmother close to your heart.