Friday, 24 April 2015

Vintage seed packets and cigarette cards.....

 Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful.  They are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

Luther Burbank.

Dear little vintage seed packets and cigarette cards with flowers and fruits and vegetables on are wonderful things.  Firstly if you have some yourself you can use than in mixed media work by stitching them on to beautiful fabrics ( this would be something not needing washing at all, like a picture behind a frame)  You could of course use decoupage on something  you loved.
The picture above is of two little vintage seed packets that I have... they are dear little things.  Why can't they make them like this any more!!

I have some beauties that are a new purchase for me and I have been experimenting with our colour photo copier....

The results have been fabulous.  You can photocopy them onto special papers and then use then.  The paper that you can iron onto fabric and the one that you wet and slide onto furniture say (The inkjet water slide Decal paper).  You can buy these papers on Amazon on line.

If you do not have any little seed packets then you can Google them on line in images,  The statute of copy right is 80 years so most you are able to download to your computer and use.

I found some really pretty ones take a look...

So you can use them on the iron on paper for a T -Shirt maybe or on some vintage French linen for part of a cushion cover or anything you fancy really.  I have some great ideas for some of these beauties...

At the weekend I am going to get my design book out and have a go at project I have in mind for some of these beauties.  Also giving the Decal water ones a go as well... I have just the thing for them.

But for now I must get to my stitching room and get on with my sewing.....

Have a great day and Happy Stitching!


  1. They're lovely, I'm green with envy! xx

    1. Jane they are really beautiful. There are lots around at the moment so do not dispair! plus as I said you can copy them for use as well.....xx

  2. You can also print directly onto fabric by backing it with freezer paper; this saves the problem of writing being back to front!

    1. Yes you can indeed....Thank you I forgot to mention that in the blog. I love it when my readers contribute.
      Thank you for this.

  3. Beautiful post. I got some lovely French seed packet labels at Ardingly last week. Haven't decided what to do with them yet... Liz x

    1. Thank you! ... There is so much you can do that it's harder to decide which one to do! X

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