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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House Beautiful (blog), October 17th

Fretwork chair, vintage. Fabric on fretwork chair cushion, Jake Stripe in Mandarin—Perennials (T); Console table, George II Claw-Foot Side Table—English Georgian America; Mirror, White Pediment ...Read more

Vintage fabric fair goes down a treat for charity
New Zealand Herald, October 13th

Turning Point Trust's annual fundraising sale of retro and vintage fabric and clothing plus other assorted nostalgia drew a huge crowd, with shoppers snapping up loads of bargains. Established in 1996, Turning Point Charitable Trust, which operates...Read more

Chagrin Falls crafts author Jennifer Casa breathes life into old textiles in ...
The Plain Dealer -, October 8th

At a recent workshop at a Chagrin Falls yarn store, she taught women how to cover button-sized discs of wood with vintage fabric to make buttons and jewelry, and all it took was dipping brushes into decoupage glue. "You still get a little bit of that...Read more

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' draws from history, scripts for costumes
LSU The Reveille, October 6th

She said some actors will be wearing the same outfit for the entire six months of filming. So, when having to design for a character with needs, like extreme height, Eyrich had to make sure enough vintage fabric could be found. Eyrich said she keeps...Read more

Literary San Pedro and Long Beach
KCET, September 25th

The space is filled with crafters who make everything from jewelry, cookies, to up-cycled wine barrels turned into furniture to painters, as well as fabric artists from knitters to crocheters to a vintage fabric upholsterer. "My neighbors are an up...Read more

Class Act: Milliner Brings Hat Couture to ESSA
Lovely County Citizen, September 24th

Broussard likes to use antique brooches, zippers and buttons to trim the hats she makes. She also uses vintage fabric from clothing that is past saving, and rips up ratty fur coats to salvage pieces of fur. Manufacturers stopped making hat netting 20...Read more

Discarded items find new uses at South Shore Shabby Shack, September 23rd

The Smiths have managed to attract like-minded vendors who transform old silver plate utensils into jewelry, vintage fabric into aprons, wood remnants into hand-turned writing utensils and old serving trays into message boards. In addition to featuring...Read more

Finding My Own Rescuer
New York Times, September 18th

From a vintage fabric book, I chose a pattern to reupholster an armchair: faded roses on faded blue. I loved it. Adam hated it. I knew he would. “This is what I'd do if you died,” I said, tapping the fabric sample, feeling the tears coming. “I'd do the...Read more