Vintage Fabric Choices
Even stained items can be cut and remade, and given new life.
I came across a great book the other day, Sewing with Fabulous Vintage Fabrics, by Arden Franklin.
(similar to some books I have written about previously).
This market bag is made from a table runner, but it's certainly applicable for tea towels also.
This bag calls for a linen that is appliqued or embroidered. This example also has vintage handles.
When you work on sewing projects (bags or otherwise), consider using fabric from old tablecloths, doilies, aprons, etc.
Remember, you can collage pieces, or do a patchwork with the salvageable parts...so even worn items can still be saved.
I know some collectors consider it sacrilege, but I would personally rather see something used and admired, versus stuffed away in a drawer somewhere.