Friday, May 25, 2007

Vintage Fabric Choices

One of the reasons I wanted to use tea towels for the current challenge, is because I really hope people stop to consider the value of vintage fabrics.
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.
Market Bag

This bag calls for a linen that is appliqued or embroidered. This example also has vintage handles.
Linen Bag

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.

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Blogger Jane said...

Funny you should post about this, while I did not find a vintage tea towel to use, I did come across a vintage table cloth last weekend and I did make it into a bag this week! It is posted on my blog.

May 26, 2007 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

I agree! I would much rather see something used than stuffed away collecting dust. I use vintage sheets and have made a some bags with them. Sorry I missed this challenge, but I'll try to make it in time for the beach bag!

July 22, 2007 at 7:45 PM  

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