Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sew Sweet Upcycle

This summer I came across a rather odd shelf/rack at a thrift store for $1.00.  The rack looked oddly familiar to me, but I couldn't place where I had seen one previously.  I put it in my shopping cart and told myself if I couldn't figure out what I was going to do with it, I wouldn't take it home.
When my husband came up to me in the store, I asked him, "What do you think this is?"  He looked at it for two seconds and said, "It's a church tract rack."
"Oh, that's it!  You're right!"  Having a preacher as your husband does come in handy!  I knew I had seen a shelf like this, but couldn't place it outside of its usual home.  When he said, he'd like to use it at the church, I made a deal with him.  I had to finish my tract rack project in the next year, or he could have it.
Let's just say that deal was motivation to keep this project out of my garage storage area!  I told hubby that I thought the church really needed a more "modern" looking tract rack.
I first primed the wood board and then painted it out with a black enamel spray.
I then decorated the metal strips with glitter and ribbon.
Can you ever have too much glitter?
Each "pocket" was then backed with decorative paper.
Then I filled each rack pocket with vintage smalls.
 Vintage Buttons

French General Scrapbooking Elements

More French General Scrapbooking Elements
old photographs, vintage buttons and notions, a mini composition book
This "Sew Sweet" upcycle now resides on my sewing table
where I can now regularly see some of the "vintage smalls"
that I adore.
Thanks for stopping by today.



  1. Hi Amy! What a FABULOUS IDEA! Your Pretty VINTAGE collection fits perfectly into the sew sweet shelf! I like the black and turquoise/or robins egg blue? color...the polka dots are darling. RE-PURPOSING is so much FUN and REWARDING! A dollar can go a long way! Have a blessed rest of the week! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

  2. OH I forgot to say, I LOVE your collection of buttons~~~~they are BEAUTIFUL!! Roxie

  3. This is so pretty!! Love the transformation! Great job! xo Heather

  4. That is a great project!! Well done, my friend. =)

  5. You put so much love and care into your lovely work. Magical. I wish I am that talented. I used to go to the Summer's Garage Sales but since I am back in Malaysia..well, one day...when we go back home in California.Great job! I love your vintage buttons and the glitter and blue too!
    Mine is here
    Have you a FANTABULOUS WEEK!!!