Do they still refer to linen sales as White Sales? Since linens are now in every rainbow hue, it doesn’t have the same connotation. Local department stores have expanded the concept of linen sales in January to “home sales” and now include entire housewares departments in their offerings.
Although bed linens were traditionally white in Grandmother’s home, accent linens displayed a charming blend of colors. Below is a cozy January pillow project using vintage linen. Choose an embroidered linen runner or buffet cloth with pleasing designs, in good condition. Fold the runner two-thirds over on itself–right-side out. Leave a “flap” extending above the overlap. Stitch the square together on the four sides, leaving a section in one side large enough to stuff the rectangle firmly with fiber fill. After filling, stitch the opening closed. Finally, fold the flap over the pillow and tack in place. Add a vintage button to create the look of an envelope with button closing.
This is a pleasing way to preserve and display family handiwork and add a touch of color and charm.