Many of use remember that Grandmother’s were always working on something or other- be it supper or some small handicraft. Back in the day even women who weren’t seamstresses would sew many a home item, using their skills to produce many handicrafts that we today rarely make ourselves. During the ’30s even the smallest scraps were used to piece together the unique items that, together, made the house feel like a home. We have wonderful memories of the way grandma’s house was appointed! Here are some of the things that our grandmother’s used to make.
Seemed like everywhere you turned in Grandma’s house there was a doily!
2) Tea Towels
The lovely flour sack material and bright embroidery designs made Grandma’s towels always seem so special.
3) Dresser Scarves
Much like doilies, dresser scarves kept things from scratching some of the most expensive pieces of furniture in the house.
Along with anti-macassars, armchair covers were also a common sight in homes once upon a time.
5) Tea Cozies
When people used to sit down to tea with a teapot, tea cozies kept the pot warm and gave a nice homey look to the spread.
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For previous generations, making small and useful items was just a part fun part of everyday life. Evenings were spent with the family talking while the women worked on their knitting, sewing, crocheting or other projects. Especially in the days before TV, this was how women often spent their leisure time- skillfully creating the everyday objects that made life a little more cheery.
6) Pot Holders
Seems like they were always whipping up another potholder! Maybe that’s because they get burned or stained so easily.
7) Toaster Covers
Kitchens back then often looked welcoming in a way we don’t see today because of touches like this.
8) Afghan Blankets
Bright and colorful, it seemed like there were always an abundance of afghan blankets around the house. It’s a wonderful way to use up yarn scraps.
9) Knitted Sweaters & Booties
The time it takes to knit a garment is no small sacrifice, but women in our grandmother’s generation were proud to have their family wearing the things they knitted.
The hours and hours it takes to make a quilt were worth it when you consider that many of us are still using Grandma’s quilts all these decades later!
If you came from a crafty family then these items will be very familiar to you! Do you still make these old-fashioned crafts?