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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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

Accent pieces with tactile appeal: Cool Stuff photo gallery
The Times-Picayune -, September 16th

Embedded with tiny mirrors that catch the light, this pillow's vintage fabric will instantly liven up a solid sofa. $100 at Nadine Blake 1036 Royal St., Photo courtesy of the store. Susan Langenhennig, | The Times-Picayune · Print...Read more

October 2014 Issue Product Guide
House Beautiful (blog), September 16th

Pillow fabrics on sofas and chairs, vintage. Fabric on cane chairs, Pandora in Creamware; curtain fabric, Summerplace in Popsicle—Rogers & Goffigon (T); 203-532-8068. Rug, table and lamp between chairs, table with drawers, paintings, and folding table...Read more

Vintage And Makers' Market returns to South Molton with range of products for sale
North Devon Journal, September 16th

Whether you are buying a vintage vase or an outfit made from vintage fabric, these items often have a story behind them, and I think that is partly why so many people love the vintage trend.” Visitors to the vintage market will find a huge selection of...Read more

Strauss adds that young Mo is carving for himself his own notch in the fashion ...
Lasentinel, September 12th

A huge selection of Mo's bow ties are from his grandmother's vintage fabric, respective selections of which date back more than 50 years. And it was, in fact, his grandmother who taught him to sew. Mo's Bows is indeed strongly guided by his mother and ...Read more

Inside Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross's Wedding
People Magazine, September 1st

The couple's free-spirit sensibility was further captured in their bohemian-chic-themed reception, which was designed by wedding planner Mindy Weiss and featured dreamcatchers and vintage fabric covering the tent walls. Inside, guests munched on a...Read more