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Weekend DIY: Retro Fabric Swatch Portraits

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Source: The Purl Bee

Looking for a creative way to put grandma’s old fabric on display? This simple yet brilliant idea posted at The Purl Bee is also inexpensive.

Crafters used newly produced fabric, but well-stored pieces from decades past will add nostalgia. Other materials include wood embroidery hoops and fabric glue.

You could also paint the hoops and showcase portions of old aprons and tablecloths.

> See instructions at The Purl Bee

I love simple DIYs that produce ornate results. This one is good to do with the kids, too!

Plan to make one (or several) of these? Be sure to post pics of your finished project.

Last updated: February 28, 2013
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