I found these pretty linens at a grade school yard sale a few weeks ago. Some are embroidered, some are crocheted, and I got the entire assortment of table runners, tea towels, napkins and doilies for less than $10.
They aren’t in the best condition—there are holes, tears or stains on most of the pieces—but they all have salvageable sections. Perfect for a little upcycling.
Inspired by a top that I saw at Anthropologie, I made my mom an embellished t-shirt for Mother’s Day.
I started with a blue and white lace table runner and a generic, basic white t:
First thing’s first: I cut off the uncomfortable crew neck, creating a wider, boatneck shape. Then I cut a panel out of the top back section of the tee and replaced it with a segment of the table runner. I placed the finished edge of the table runner along the neckline—the scallops look lovely, and it was nice and easy not to have to worry about additional finishing!
And I used blue single-fold bias tape to finish the front of the neckline.
That’s all there was to it! Easy peasy!