I admit, I have a love affair with vintage fabrics. They have a weight, a feel, and a texture difficult to replicate. I especially love finding pieces with hand work. Just look at the linen texture on these!
I love using them for pillows. Isn’t this lovely? It was made from a vintage linen torchon (tea towel).
Don’t you love seeing these monograms? I imagine the seamstress who made it was quite proud of her handiwork, as well she should be!
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these in my home!
I also use grainsacks extensively for projects. I used a vintage grainsack fabric for the seat cushion above, and the pillow is another vintage torchon.
OE, I wonder if the same person made embroidered both of these pieces.
I sometimes just use the vintage items just as it came to me. The pillow cases below were already made, CLICK HERE to see MORE. I found these on eBay.
The bedspread is also vintage, along with the quilt. The quilt is a family piece and my sweet friend Peggy gave me the bedspread.
Here I made a curtain out of an old tattered pillow case. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. This was a pillowcase we inherited.
Here I used vintage pillow cases on the girls’ beds. Just look at that detail! CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. These were found on eBay.
I use vintage grainsacks for upholstery all the time. Like these chairs below. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
I also used a vintage French bedspread at the foot of my bed. This photo is from my old house in case you are wondering why the room looks different. CLICK HERE FOR MORE. I found this on eBay.
I love to use old linen sheets for tablecloths. The old ones are much thicker than the sheets we use today.
For Christmas this year, I’m using these mini stockings made from vintage fabrics.
There are many more ways you can use these old fabrics, but certainly these are some of my favorites.
Kimberly Bruhn says
Will be lifting your mum up in prayers….
I appreciate it Kimberly.
Beautiful pieces Anita. They grace your home as they graced the home of someone who loved them before.
Love your post!! Love the vintage fabric also. Where do you look for vintage or linen sheets! I was listing to the podcast where you told Yvonne that she could make a duvet from the sheets. I have made quilts for yrs. thinking I would like to make a cover for my denim duvet. Thank You Love the podcast.
I find them at Round Top Pamela, but the other place I would look is eBay.
Norma Rolader says
Wow love the way you have used these vintage linens Thank you and God bless
Cindy Richter says
Great ideas. I too have a love affair with vintage linens. I’ve always felt scared to do anything for fear of ruining them but I’m going to give it a try.
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Just love vintage linen! My precious Grannie gave me so many from her collection — which I will always treasure. There’s just something special about “vintage”!
Have a blessed day, Anita!
Reusing , repurposing and upcycling are always admirable.
vintage retro says
thanks for your article it’s very useful..!!
vintage retro says
I am looking for the vintage patterns, this is a good idea. Thank you for posting:)