Note Holder from Vintage Made Modern

Note holder made with charming vintage handkerchiefs

I can’t tell you how excited I am to review a pattern from Jennifer Casa’s recent book Vintage Made Modern. Plus, I get to give away a copy of the book which is published by Roost Books (see instructions below). I ran across Jennifer’s blog JCasa Handmade about four years ago when I first started blogging. I was smitten immediately. Not only because of the sweet charm with which she approached everything she did, but also because she made all sorts of things! Here was a blogger that was knitting and sewing and crafting AND crocheting–now, that’s my kind of gal! Her book is just as darling as her blog. In it, Jennifer shares with you 35 ways to transform timeworn textiles into beautifully modern projects.

Note holder made with charming vintage handkerchiefs

Jennifer asked me to make the Note Taker. The second I saw it, I knew my stash of vintage handkerchiefs (yes, the pile my hubby always says, “what in the world are you going to do with these!?”) was finally about to take its place in the light!  This note holder gave a gorgeous purpose to my charming vintage store finds.  The “button” is a leftover singleton earring I had that I couldn’t bring myself to part with (you know you have them!).  It makes me giddy to put it to good use here.

Note holder made with charming vintage handkerchiefs

The directions for the note holder suggested either hand or machine quilting. I used it as an opportunity to do some quilting by hand, kantha-style.  I like to mark my lines first and then kick back and relax while I stitch away.  I can tell you this won’t be the last time I use hand quilted fabric for a project. I forget that using embroidery thread and needle was my first crafty love.  But, it all comes rushing back the moment I take the time to do it. The quilted piece is beautiful just on its own. Don’t you think?

Note holder made with charming vintage handkerchiefs

The note holder pattern from the book was well written and easy to follow. I adjusted it a bit in order to take advantage of the gorgeous scalloped edge from my handkerchief.  I love the double pocket detail it added. I recommend finding Jennifer Casa’s book and taking a look. It is the perfect thing to inspire you to finally use some of those textiles and bits and baubles you haven’t been able to part with.  Or, use it as an excuse to go do some thrifting!

Note holder made with charming vintage handkerchiefs

GIVEAWAY!!: To win a copy of Jennifer Casa’s Vintage Made Modern, leave a comment below (one entry).  Next, go find a photo of it on my Instagram account and leave me a comment there (two entries!) If you tag someone on my Instagram account, you’ll get three entries!  I’ll announce the winner on Friday! Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS Marjolaine – you’re the lucky winner.  Please send your address to me (under Contact) and I’ll get it out to you soon!

  1. Tatjana

    Anne you are amazing! Whenever I go to your blog, you bring the smiles on! Thank you!!!

    • Tatjana, I think you are my most loyal fan! Thank you for always making me feel like someone is listening!! xo anne

  2. Jane Bratton

    I am always looking for new ways to use the pretty vintage handkerchiefs I feel compelled to collect. This project alone makes this a useful book. Thanks for telling us about it.

  3. Johanna

    Fingers crossed! Great book.

  4. Marjolaine

    Just found your blog… What a treat! 🙂

  5. Cathy S

    That first photo reminded me of the handkerchiefs I have from my grandmother and great aunt. I really want to use them for something special, and will check this book out.

  6. Suzanne Dicks

    Great article in Where Woman Create , Anna. Looking forward to your book coming out!

    • Hi Suzanne,
      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found the magazine and my article! xo anne

  7. Lee Ann

    After making your finger-knitted Christmas wreath (I’ve had a log of hits on my blog for that project!), this little book looks intriguing. I have several vintage hankies including one I found with my initial on it. 🙂 I also have a box of vintage buttons from my mother and grandmother that could be put to good use. Thanks, as always, for the beautiful pictures!

    • How wonderful LeeAnn. I’m so glad you made the finger knitted wreath! It was fun to use the hankies for this. Thanks for leaving a comment!

  8. Jewel

    Doesn’t everyone have hankies? Most of mine are from my mother. This is a beautiful project. Cannot wait to see what else is in this great book.

  9. I, too, love handkerchiefs and have a considerable collection. How nice to find ways to use them! Would love to win this book.

    🙂 Linda

  10. MaryEllen

    Beautiful!! I have a precious few hankies from my grandma, that really do need re-purposing. I need to get this book!

  11. SandraR

    Just my sort of book. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Shelley

    Beautiful. I have a drawer full of vintage hankies – crying out for a purpose – this is it.

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