Just in time for Shabby Chic Week, is this darling Chatham Arch Bag from the Back Home Again shop. I love the way designer LuAnn brings life to vintage table cloths and nothing goes to waste.
During Vintage Indie's Green Week, I asked Vintage Indie Group members how they use Vintage Materials in their work, as a form of "Vintage" Green living. This is what LuAnn had to say,
"I like to use damaged vintage textiles and recycle them in to something useful. Usually a tote bag, but I also make lots of pillows, sachets and I'm working on some kitchen accessories... I have found that to use the vintage textile alone is a little risky. Often times, they aren't of the best quality in terms of durability. For example, I never use a damaged tablecloth to make a large tote bag handle because they will rip off every time. So what I've learned to do is use them as embellishments and coordinate them with reproduction vintage fabric such as Amy Butler or Sis Boom. I especially love to rescue vintage hand embroidered work. I often find embroidered pillow cases and scarves that are damaged in some way but still have a lot of life left in them. Cut around the holes and the stains and, voila, you have a beautiful embellishment for a bag or pillow. I have to say that rescuing damaged vintage textiles is really what Back Home Again is all about..."
Check out the Back Home again shop on Etsy for more of these gorgeous hand bags and fabulous vintage collectibles.