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!

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Sewing Machine Collector

Sewing Machine Collector

Geoff and Norma Dickens' reference site on vintage toy sewing machines from the late 1800s. Browse the images alpha… [read review or visit site]

LACMA Luxury Textiles

LACMA Luxury Textiles

Textile collectors shouldn't miss this microsite from the LA County Museum of Art, a great reference on European an… [read review or visit site]

Sensibility Vintage Images

Sensibility Vintage Images

An extensive collection of photos and ephemera illustrating changing fashion styles from 1795 to 1959. Includes por… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Lot Of 13 Uncut Elephant Fast Color Bandana Fabric *indigo Blue*Rare Cotton Quilt Fabric "a Beary,merry Christmas" Wallhanging/calendar 36"x 44"Pendleton North Star Robe Blanket Indigo / 64" X 80" / Napped (thick) 82% WoolVintage Barkcloth Cutter Lot...glen Court Shabby RosesVintage Atomic Barkcloth Fabric"les Touches" Stylized Leopard Handprint Brunschwig & Fils 2002 Fabric 42" X 55"Vintage Barkcloth Fabric Orchid Magenta Chartreuse 44 X 36 StunningVtg Retro 50s Barkcloth Upholstery Fabric Panel Atomic Flower Design CarnationsOld Blue White Calico Fabric Quilt Hand Made Piece American Textile Find AafaGorgeous Vintage 1940's Barkcloth FabricLength 18th Century Silk Floral Brocade, Floral PatternDesigner Fabric Cowan Tout Wool Embroidery On Linen Jacobean Design 3.5 Yards1.75 Yards Mariano Fortuny Sevres Long Staple Cotton Designer Upholstery FabricVintage Alfred Shaheen Hand Printed Hawaii Bright Pink & Metallic Fabric 3 YardsAntique 1830 Tea Ground Glazed Cotton Chintz Panel/vase Motif Roller Print/rareVintage Mid-century Markwood Fabrics BarkclothVintage Bark Cloth Fabric Art DecoLot Vintage Fabric~4 Heavy Curtain Panels~ Feather Design~1950'sVintage 40s Bark Cloth Style Linen Floral, Never Used, By The Yard Antique Silk Satin Ribbon Panel Fabric French Doll Dress Cotton Lining VictorianOne Vintage Belfast Mills Irish Linen Bolt 10 Yards White Unused Irish FabricVintage Cotton Fabric 40's Juvenile Novelty Bunnies Bears Pink 35" W X 2 Yds@@vintage Throw Wool Plaid Blanket Warm Retro!Vintage Cotton Swiss Dot Fabric 38 Wide Blush Pink Dotted French Doll BearVintage Cotton Batiste Soft Rose Floral French Doll Dress 34 Wide 1930 RosebudsOld Cameroon Grassland Fine Aged Graphic Cotton Indigo Tie Dye Ndop TextileVintage Barkcloth Roses Pink Nubby Panel 76"long X 42" Wide. 1940 EraVintage Antique Floral Pure Silk 5 Yard Old Used Fabric Material Sari SareeVintage India Pure Silk Saree Fabric Sarong Soie Floral Printed Sari Black 5ydAntique Vintage Bandhini 100% Pure Silk Fabric 5 Yard Indian Women Sari SareeAntique Cotton Shirting Fabric China French Dolls 35 Wide Tiny Blue Oval Dot Vintage Mid Century Modern Drape Panel Fabric Atomic MobileVintage Mid Century Modern Pair Drapes Curtains Panel Fabric Atomic Retro Barkcloth Vintage Curtain Panels -mod 50s-60s Pattern- 2 Large- Each 90"x41.5"Vintage Material Mid Century Children's Animal Print 2 Pieces 52 L X 54 W & 60 LAntique Blue Ticking Mattress Cover 62x88 Primitive Cotton Material Fabric OldAlan Campbell Croton 7-yard Handscreen Print FabricVtg Huge 142" X 44.5" Antique Primitive Indigo Blue Striped Ticking Material NosArts Crafts Liberty Of London African Marigold William Morris Fabric 2.2 YardsVintage Camp Blanket ~ Western Bed Cover ~ Indian StylePure Silk Taffeta Lisere Fabric Woven Flower Stripe French Doll Dress Pink DotVtg Black 100% Silk Organdy Fabric Embroider Black Flowers Sheer 8yds X 42"w New4 Yds Vintage Plisse Cotton Fabric Juvenile Music Bunny Rabbit Pink-yellow PrintVintage Wool Blanket2 Vintage Antique Cotton Fabric Curtain Panel Valance Mammy Shrimp RecipeLot Pure Silk Antique Vintage Sari Saree Fabric 13 Pcs 1 Feet Ech R1051 #01c68Antique Tiny Blueberry Print Cotton Indigo 18" L X 36" W Nos China Doll Vintage Cotton Fabric- Art Nouveau In Lavender, Violet, Nutmeg & Antique ButtonsVintage Antique Floral Pure Silk 5 Yard Old Used Fabric Material Sari SareeVintage Cotton Gorgeous Floral Bouquets Ribbon 34" Wide Barkcloth Era? 10 YdsLovely Antique Fine Semi-sheer Slinky Silk Velvet Fragment Unique CoralL.l. Bean Wool Blanket Red/black StripeVintage White Dotted Swiss Organdy 4yds X 33" Wide Period Garments Baby Sweet!! Faribault Woolen Mills Wool Blanket/satin Trim Powder Blue2 Yard Vintage White Cotton Organdy Fabric 38" WideLong Length Bolt Vintage Calico Mini Print Cotton 9 Yds Pink Roses Blk QuiltingLittle Suzy's Zoo Cotton Fabric 2007 Htf 2 Yds1930's French Silk Velvet Fabric Golden Yellow Made In France Silk/rayon Back1930's French Silk Velvet Fabric Dark Moss Green Made In France Silk/rayon Back Unique Fabric Antique French Doll Accent Fabric Wine Tan Green# A53

Recent News: Fabric

Source: Google News

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. (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

D. Wilson Art Pottery & Design
Hartford Courant, October 24th

Wilson finds inspiration in fashion and vintage fabric — an etched bird references a Schumacher pattern — and also architecture. He's especially drawn to fables and fairy tales, from which he gleans quotations to decorate his work. "Art should have a...Read more

ReVision: Inspired Fabric Design Exhibit comes to Yadkin Cultural Arts Center
Elkin Jonesville Tribune, October 23rd

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

Penn X Roup Gallery more 'incubator space' than art gallery
University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News, October 20th

Daily Bread specializes in printed shirts and vintage fabric hats. The company's hats create a rainbow of textures and patterns along the gallery's walls — floral, camouflaged, paisley, striped and cartoon pipe-smokers. Each snapback or camper hat is...Read more

Find the complete product information from our November issue. (T) = Trade only.
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