handmade and vintage

Toronto, Canada | 254 Sales


handmade and vintage

Toronto, Canada 254 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Resewing the past, one sheet at a time.

I have been "making" for as long as I can remember. I don't know when I learned to sew, and knit, and stitch, but I have wonderful memories of siting with my mother and grandmother, whether by the fire in the winter or on the dock at the cottage in the summer, and creating.

I have also been passionate about the environment since I was quite young. (I once gave a lecture to my fourth grade class, completely unbidden, about why the styrofoam packaging at McDonald's was unethical!) I have always believed that there are two parts to our crisis. The first is the large-scale change that needs to happen in areas such as urban planning and government oversight, while the second is at the level of individual choice.

When I first discovered vintage bed linens I knew that this was something I wanted to share with other sewists. Here was a source of fabrics which appealed to the contemporary sensibilities of the younger generation of crafters who were beginning to find one another via blogs and Flickr: bright, cheerful, bold, geometric, vintage. But using them is also in the spirit of the original quilters, who used scraps of fabrics remaining from garment sewing to create useful, practical, and yet artful, blankets for their homes. What could be better?

I love a good treasure hunt, and a day spent bopping from thrift store to thrift store is always fabulous. (I have tons of other vintage finds that I hope to share at some point.) I am most pleased when I find a fabulous sheet that has a flaw - a thin spot, a stain, a tear - something that makes it undesirable for its originally intended use, but perfect for cutting up and repurposing!

I love to help people put together the perfect bundle, so please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a special request. I'll do my best to get you what you need!

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  • Sheila

    Owner, Curator, Photographer

    An architecture grad student by day, and a quilter after hours, I love to combine my passions for art, design, vintage, hand-crafts and the environment to make one-of-a-kind objects, both for my own home and for others.

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Last updated on August 23, 2013
Welcome to my little shop! I first started sewing with vintage bed linens over a year ago, and it wasn't long before I had amassed quite a collection of fabulous sheets. Since not everyone gets the same thrill from the hunt that I do, I recently decided to share some of my finds with my fellow crafters.

Immediately upon bringing the vintage linens into my house, I put them into the washing machine to soak in OxyClean for a few hours. This is to remove any smells and stains from their previous homes. I then inspect them for any major stains and tears so that I can avoid them as I cut up the sheet.

I rip my fat quarters into 19" x 23" rectangles. I choose to rip them because these sheets are often sewn crookedly, and this insures that your piece of fabric will be straight against the grain. My FQs are an inch larger than the standard in each direction to allow for the roughness of the ripped edge.

I do my absolute best to insure that every piece I sell is free from major tears and stains, but every now and then I may overlook a small mark. Please keep in mind that these sheets have been used for many years and that I cannot guarantee that they are in perfect condition. That's part of the charm of sewing with them!

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  • American Express
  • Discover
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Returns and exchanges
Due to the nature of my business, I cannot accept returns. However, if you feel that something you have purchased is not how it was described, please let me know and we'll work something out. I really want my customers to be happy!
Paypal is the only form of payment I can accept. Payment must clear in full before I will ship the item purchased. If payment has not been received within 3 days then the transaction will be cancelled and the item will be relisted.
I ship using Canada Post. If you need expedited shipping, please convo me ahead of time so that I can provide you with an accurate shipping quote for the extra amount.

I will combine shipping whenever possible, and will refund any shipping overcharge of $1 or more. I will also set up custom listings if that makes things more convenient for you.

I am more than happy to ship internationally! Just convo me with your address before purchasing so that I can provide a shipping quote for you. Also, please note that any international sales may be subject to duty at the buyers end, so be prepared for that possibility.

Basic parcel shipping via Canada Post does not include insurance. I can certainly send your package using an insured service, but it can be quite expensive. If you would like insurance then let me know before you check out so that I can send you a quote and adjust the listing accordingly. There is a brand new Canada Post product that includes some insurance (up to $100) and tracking and is available for packages sent to Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. It's costs a bit more, but I am happy to added it to your package if you let me know!

Here is a general breakdown of shipping costs, although packages to places other than Canada and the USA may be less than noted, depending on the location:
1 FQ: $2.00 | $3.00 | $5.50
2-5 FQs: $3.50 | $5.75 | $10.50
6-10 FQs: $4.50 | $10.50 | $18.00
11-20 FQs: Location Dependent | $16.00 | Location Dependent

AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: Orders to that continent have been known to take an inordinate amount of time. I'm not sure why, but it is important for you to keep in mind that it could take 10-12 weeks for your order to arrive. If you need something faster than that let me know so that I can quote you a different shipping rate.
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I love trawling the local thrift shops for goodies, so if there is something specific you are looking for let me know and I'll keep my eyes open. :)