Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thrifty Thursday #6 - Vintage Fabric

Thrifty Thursday is back for 2013 with a new love - vintage fabric! I just love the colour and pattern - doesn't it just make you smile??

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My first foray into vintage fabric was via this little number... a tunic for Emma. She had just turned 2 in this picture - it seems so long ago!

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Mum had produced a sealed packet of single bed sheets, pristine and beautiful, and asked if I wanted them or should she just donate them. Was she serious!! I still have one and probably a half sheet left in this and I still love it. I keep thinking I should make myself a kind of shift dress from this one, it's got a real body to it even after washing... maybe one day!!!

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This doona cover was something I picked up at an Op Shop / Thrift Store just near me, and it's completely gorgeous. Turning it inside out I could tell it had been lovingly turned into the cover by someone and I just love it in Emma's room. The yellow floral is so lovely and I was so surprised to find it in perfect condition - the things people throw away!!

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Of course, I can't talk about vintage fabric without showing off my market stall sign! A Beautiful Mess has a really easy to follow tutorial for covering suitcases if it's something you'd like to try. I practiced on a case that I wouldn't be heart broken over if it didn't work out - I was scared the glue would show through and I'd be devastated. Lucky for me it worked out fine and now I have a pretty unique piece of advertising!

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I don't have a big stash, but the one on the top is my absolute favourite! I haven't decided what I will do with it, at the moment it just sits on my desk looking pretty ;)

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I've also saved a few tea towels from Op Shops / Thrift Stores and made them into cushions for a bit of retro kitsch. I think the colours are just gorgeous!

If you're in the market for some vintage fabric I recently met Skye, the lovely person behind Sorry Grandma. This girl has a fabric stash to die for; it was quite literally like something from Pinterest, all beautifully folded and colour sorted, just beautiful. She has regular sales on Facebook and it's definitely worth a look!

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So tell me, what have you found this week?


  1. love it all!!!! love emm's tunic, love her bedding, love your pillows!!!!! floral vintage fabric is bliss!

  2. Love vintage sheets, I have a fair few and pretty much just use them for covering chairs that I'm transporting. Sad I know. If I was a sewer I'd have whipped up a few dresses for the girls too but...I'm not. I suffer through sewing for upholstery when I have to. I'd much rather pay someone else to do it tho;-)

  3. Love vintage sheets , I love a double to use on my kitchen table as it is too big for regular tablecloths, I need to make some cushions too!

  4. I love your fabric, especially that one on the bed. So pretty!

  5. I love vintage fabrics too. I have many of them, but haven´t made many things using them even when I have some projects in mind. I am new to your blog and it´s fantastic, I will follow you


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