The trouble with vintage linens are the stains and holes. These problems do not deter me from using them as scraps, quilt pieces or parts of a project. I found this great vintage tablecloth at the charity shop still pressed in plastic. Unfortunately, it had large yellow rings in the center. I loved the lattice border though. What's a girl to do?
I carefully cut the border piece out using my four inch ruler and a rotary blade. Then I hem stitched around to gather into gentle ruffles. This gave me the size for my square table scarf.
Carefully, I pinned the ruffles to a piece of linen fabric square and sewed a hem. It took a couple of ironings to get a crisp look, but it is worth it to lay the ruffles down.
I love the frilly mixed with the linen. The tablecloth has a totally different look than it did before. It was starched and stiff, now its soft and more homespun, more me. The linen was a remnant and the tablecloth was charity find. Both piece married together to make a lovely addition to my dining room table.