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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May 2015 Issue Product Guide
House Beautiful (blog), April 17th

Middle daughter's bedroom: Headboard, vintage. Fabric on headboard, Rose Checker—Hable Construction; Wallcovering, Burmese—Sister Parish; Eldest daughter's room: Beds, vintage. Canopy fabric ...Read more

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The Edwardsville Intelligencer, April 13th

“Vintage” is the rage right now. Anything from vintage furniture to vintage fabric to vintage clothing and accessories are hot items. Stacy Hayden and Carrie Andreas, two Edwardsville moms, have found a way to capitalize on that vintage trend. The two...Read more

'Framework's' Jason Radcliffe organizes Los Angeles show, how to care for ... (blog), April 8th

HOW TO CARE FOR VINTAGE VALUABLES: Learn the best tips for caring for vintage fabric, silver and furniture at a series of workshops led by Ware Petznick, executive director of the Shaker Historical Society. Petznick will offer cleaning demonstrations...Read more

Are These The Perfect Jeans?, April 7th

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The Rushville Republican, March 31st

Vintage Fabric--Why go for a knock-off when you can have the real thing? Fabric for throws, pillow, curtains and even reupholstering is an easy find, and can be had at a fraction of the cost per hard that you will pay at decorator shops and fabric stores...Read more

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The Courier-Journal, March 13th

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Vintage-fabric ornaments are full of Old World charm, December 2nd

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