Ever since I inherited my great grandmother’s sofas and chair, I’ve been on the lookout for suitable fabric (vintage or otherwise) for a reupholstery job in the future.


Of course there are side effects to looking for vintage upholstery fabric on a regular basis…


…you end up finding awesome and inexpensively priced vintage fabrics that aren’t right for reupholstering your vintage furniture, but you just might need for another project someday. So you buy them…


…like this cool, beige, pink, off white, black and gold mid century fabric from 1957.


Actually, Pam tipped me off to this one — and may have pushed me to starting my own vintage fabric hoard, because a few weeks later…


… I found just over 2 yards of this awesome aqua, brown and metallic gold upholstery fabric.


I think that I can use this to recover a chair or a footstool someday…vintage-upholstery-fabric

… you know, when I learn how to use a sewing machine.

For some reason, demoing and rebuilding a bathroom doesn’t intimidate me nearly as much as using a sewing machine. If I keep finding great vintage fabrics like these, I may have to get over my intimidation and try to learn.

Anyone else out there who doesn’t sew but has a collection of vintage fabric piling up?





  1. LOL Great finds, how can you pass those up!!! I do the same thing… Thanks for the smile! Cara


  2. You might end-up like my mother-in-law, an avid quilter, with a fabric stash room, ha ha! Sometimes when she’s feeling stressed out, she goes in there and ‘pets’ the fabric because she finds it so calming. You can try it if your bathroom project starts to feel overwhelming 😉

    If you don’t have a sewing machine, I recommend finding a nice heavy duty vintage one like a White, not so much because it’s ‘vintage’ (although they are cool) but because they’re usually made better than the ones today. I have my mom’s 1960’s White and that thing is all metal compared to my newer plastic Brother, which is buggy and finicky. My White is a very straight-forward machine and easy to use. I’ve seen them at thrift stores and Craigslist for decent prices. I’m not a great seamstress by any means but if I can do rudimentary sewing, I know you can too. Anyone that can tile a floor like you have can definitely operate a sewing machine!

    P.S. I like both of your fabrics!

    • I have Nana’s old sewing machine in the garage…I think it is from 1930-something…she always liked it better than her “new” one, which was from the 1960s — but we don’t have that one anymore.

  3. Those are fantastic textiles! I can see the top one as a window valance and/or cafe curtain, where that swingin’ pattern can be appreciated. The overall pattern is a great choice for that footstool you have in mind.

    I sometimes search eBay for vintage barkcloth and the prices are HIGH. Maybe yours aren’t barkcloth but they are absolutely iconic MCM fabrics. Congrats on your ability to find such gems at bargain prices!

    • I bought the top one (beige, gold, pink) with the thought that I would make new panels for one of my IKEA Kvartal curtain systems…we’ll see if I get around to it! 🙂 I got about 8 yards of the fabric for about $45! 🙂

    • Hmm…is there a special machine to make piping and cushion covers? I thought you could do that with a sewing machine…

      I don’t know much about upholstery though — I’ve only ever done chair seats with a staple gun! 🙂

  4. . . .and oh yeah, I have a big (& continually growing) collection of fabric that I lug along every time I move. Some vintage, some not. I think a common phenomenon is having fabulous fabrics that you just can’t *bear* to cut! I do know how to sew, but don’t do it often enough.

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