Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mantel Scarf

I have decorated my mantel like this for late fall.  And, I have always wanted to try a mantel scarf.  So, I had seen a vintage French petticoat in the antique store and the other day and it dawned on me it would create a perfect mantel scarf.

This is the piece of petticoat I purchased.  There was a little damage to the lace at the hem.  I repaired some of it and worked around the rest of it.  It was overall well made and it had French seams.  I am not sure of it's claimed French origin but, it was pretty.  

It had a sewn in underskirt and I cut that off and saved it for a later project.  It has some staining.  I am pretty sure I can get that out with a good soak in Oxyclean but, being short on time I just sewed it up as is.

For the stabilizing piece of fabric that will anchor it to the mantel I used white burlap.

Here is how it turned out.  I really was pleased with the overall result, because my mantel is dark and this can lighten it up for different looks without changing it completely with paint.

It looks a little puckered up because I haven't pressed it yet.  I don't want to press it till I get a chance to wash it so the stains don't get set in by the iron. 

It makes the mantel very cottage and very romantic.  That is the Christmas tree.  It is standing there completely bare except for this one strand of lights my husband threw on it.  I took this camera shot and I looked in the view screen and was so excited!  I forgot I didn't have my macro lens last Christmas and didn't get these great Christmas light shots.  This year I will be playing with lots of photos in front of the tree.
 I will link this to:
2nd Time Around at A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
White Wednesday  at Faded Charm


Teresa@magazineyourhome said...

It looks very pretty and feminine.

Babs said...

Great job on the mantel scarf. It really works with the romantic cottage look. Very pretty.

Honey at 2805 said...

I adore you mantel scarf, Sherry! It is a gorgeous petticoat! Your mantel vignette is wonderful!

I have pulled pictures from a couple of magazines and this has been on my list of things to do for years!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fun idea, Sherry! I love what you did here, and how ingenious to use that petticoat. I think it makes the perfect mantle scarf, and I love the edging. Thanks for sharing this. It makes me want to keep my eyes open for neat pieces like this.



Ruffles n Raspberries said...

Sooo pretty!! Great idea!

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Very sweet!
Have a nice day,

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh Sherry! Sooo romantic! I LOVE LOVE this look. What an exquisite piece you found.That last shot with the tree is so exciting! There's nothing more beautiful than Christmas.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

The mantel scarf adds so much romance and prettiness to your vingette. So pretty.


Pamela said...

Sherry it turned out just beautiful!! I love it!

Sunny Simple Life said...

This adds the perfect most romantic feel to your mantle. I too love those twinkly lights in the background.

Cheryl said...

Oh My Goodness!
The scarf is just beautiful!! I love your idea of using the petticoat. I have been looking for an unique and unusual idea for a mantle scarf and here it is!! I might just have to borrow this from you! Thank you so much for the inspiration. It is just beautiful!! So romantic!!!

Gail said...

very pretty

Kathy said...

VERY charming! It looks marvelous! Love your creativity! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness!

Faye said...

What a great idea! And what a beautiful petticoat piece. I have a few old pieces and I think I'm going to try this! Thanks for the neat idea...

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The petticoat makes a beautiful scarf. Neat idea. Great vignette too.

Amy Kinser said...

Very pretty. It softens up your mantel so nicely.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very pretty Sherry..Thanks for coming by and for your prayers for me..they must of worked as I'm still here ha ha!! Remind me never to have open heart surgery again any time soon..I feel like an 18 wheeler truck parked on me..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Faded Charm said...

This mantel scarf turned out beautiful and I love it against the wood:-)

Thanks for pinning some of my photos. I'd like to set up an account, but I guess you need Facebook to do it and not so sure about that one.


Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh Sherry, I absolutely love it! You've really got something with these!

BECKY said...

Oh Sherry! It looks fabulous! I love it! And what a fantastic way to lighten things up! I love that it is made with a sweet vintage petticoat too! Just adds some more charm! And I love it wrinkled!!

I have a good bit of dark wood, and I love seeing ways to lighten things up since I like white so much!!!

Thank you for sharing!
Happy WW!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

it looks so great...love it!

Heaven's Walk said...

Mmmmmm! Ruffles make anything look so pretty, Sherry! Great job! You have your tree up already? Aren't you the organized one...! lol!

xoxo laurie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I adore the mantel scarf--looks lovely. Great job!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How absolutely charming, Sherry! Its amazing how it transforms the mantel! I am inspired to try this!

Debbie said...

How I love this look! your mantel looks so romantic with the ruffles. I'm into the wrinkly look, so it looks fine to me just the way it is.

Unknown said...

Very pretty! Love the finished product!

Thanks for being a part of 2nd Time Around!

bj said...

It looks so pretty.
Glad you are enjoying it.
xo bj

The French Hutch said...

This is absolutely charming. I love the look and I think it add a look of romance and cozy to the room. Great tutorial Sherry.
Hope your weekend is great.

The French Hutch

Jacqueline said...

I was just going to ask how you got that cool light effect. What lens are you using for your macro?

The scarf is wonderful and truly accentuates the warmth of the wood. I love how it will be so versatile.

Geneva said...

The scarf gave your mantel a whole new look... it's so pretty! Thank you for sharing your helpful tutorial. Your photographs are magazine worthy ... Great Job!