Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thrifting for fun fabric

Thrift stores are great places to find vintage fabric, or fun novelty prints. But don't forget that fabric might be in clothing or linens too, not just the remnant pile.

Asian Bird Pillowcase
Beautiful painting-like Japanese bird scene on a pillowcase.
Perfect condition, 99 cents.

Turtle Fabric
I love novelty prints. This turtle fabric is from a lady's shirt. Great condition, $2.39. You figure I'll probably get at least a yard from it, so that's a great price for a unique fabric find.

Vintage tablecloths are wonderful to sew with--even if the piece is faded or torn, parts may still be useable.
From my Flickr photo page, check out this article about making children's clothing from tablecloths, from the May 1951 issue of Woman's Day Magazine. Or making an apron from a man's shirt

Some helpful books to consult include:
Vintage Fabric Style: Stylish Ideas and Projects using Flea Market Finds in your Home

Sew Vintage: New Creations from Found Fabrics

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Blogger jandofabrics said...


Great Idea. I used to hunt for fabric in flea markets and garage sales. I found some pretty neat designs and now the fabric companies are designing fabrics from the 50s, 60s era. I love retro and vintage designs.

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