Antique and vintage fabric runs the gamut from Middle Eastern silk to 1950s atomic prints to 1970s classics by (for example) Finland's Marimekko. Vintage fabric is popular among fashion and sewing enthusiasts, as there’s nothing quite like making a traditional-styled garment out of traditional fabric!

Vintage fabric can be used for multiple purposes, from crafts (such as fashion, home décor, and quilting) to education, teaching about the periods in which the material was made and used.

Some 19th century (and earlier) fabrics that are popular to collect and still available to find include calico, gingham, muslin, and linen, as well as home-spun materials. From the first half of the 20th century, collectors seek cotton, plisse, and cloques, among others. Metallic, novelty, floral, and themed prints are also popular, and during the mid-1900s, bark cloth and rayon blends were common.

Collecting vintage fabric can be a fun and affordable hobby, but beware: it can be dangerous when combined with vintage patterns!


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Affordable beauty, pure and simple
Brighton & Hove Independent, November 21st

There will be vintage fabric accessories to buy and a free gift-wrapping service. Their gift box sets are up to 40% off – and there is 20% off everything for the whole day; this includes online orders, plus free UK delivery if you can't walk in. I am...Read more

Style Local: Muumuu Heaven & Lala B.
KITV Honolulu, November 18th

Mu'umu'u heaven's garments are made right in Hawai'i using recycled vintage fabric. Lala B from the north shore here on O'ahu specializes in Koa wood jewelry. Designer Julie Bonk makes earrings using scraps from her husband's UKULELE workshop...Read more

RAL holds 25th Holiday Fair
Cape Gazette, November 7th

Photo by: Steven Billups Santa observed the busy craft fair from his sleigh at David Scott Ennis' booth. Ennis creates his art with vintage fabric from various sources. This piece was created from fabric from his late mother's plaid coat. Ennis is now...Read more

Amelotte featured at Blue Sea Artisans Gallery
West Hawaii Today, November 7th

Currently, Amelotte is adding vintage fabric to her designs with ornamental holiday and island themed wreaths. They are lightweight, containing vintage crystals and shells. The gallery will host a featured artist's reception for Amelotte from 1 to 4 p...Read more

Enter For A Chance To Win Faded Royalty's Fall Prizepack (GIVEAWAY)
Global Grind, November 5th

All of their hats are made in the USA of the finest material (sometimes rare vintage fabric) and of the utmost quality. No hat is ever made the same – from the way it is designed, to the cutting of the fabric. Their NY skyline panel, pictured above, is...Read more

ReVision: Inspired Fabric Design Exhibit comes to Yadkin Cultural Arts Center
Yadkin Ripple, October 31st

As designers to the furniture and home interiors trades Valdese Weavers continually circles the globe visiting vintage fabric vendors. In search of current or timeless motifs that can be recreated and repurposed Valdese brings the fabrics, called...Read more

Here's looking at CASAblanca, a Moroccan-themed fundraiser for Child Advocates
Times Record News, October 30th

This is a nonprofit group that finds deaf people and teaches them how to sew, and the clothing on the doll is made from vintage fabric.” The CASAblanca Gala, which makes its debut this year, benefits Child Advocates — CASA of Red River, the nonprofit...Read more

The Great Eclectic Jumble Sale hits Wellington.
Scoop.co.nz (press release), October 28th

Event organiser Maria Henare estimates that she'll be bringing thousands of metres of vintage fabric, over 1000 items of clothing and countless vintage handbags, over 50 vintage bone china trios, plus over 500 pieces of antique linen. Bringing over 200 ...Read more