If you are looking for vintage, antique, or retro fabric for quilting, quilt restoration, or crafts, consider buying online. Here are several websites offering authentic vintage fabrics, and another specializing in vintage reproduction fabrics.
Sharon’s Antiques / Vintage Fabrics (www.rickrack.com)
This website describes its focus as a source of vintage fabrics, feedsacks, quilts, and collectible linens and textiles. They specialize in vintage fabrics from the 19th century to the 1950s – all authentic antique and old fabrics with no reproductions.
Sharon’s Antiques carries a large selection of vintage materials for quilting, quilt restoration and sewing, more than 300 vintage cotton print fabrics. Categories include antique fabric, homespun checks, 1920s – 1930s, 1930s – 1940s, 1940s – 1950s, geometrics, small-scale calicoes, fruit prints, juvenile prints, novelty prints, solid color fabrics, Christmas fabrics, 1920s – 1950s, and more.
They also sell scraps for quilters and crafters, and custom scrap bags of feedsack and cotton print pieces. In addition, Sharon’s Antiques has antique textiles such as quilt tops, hankies, kitchen linens, and aprons for sale.
Antique Fabric (www.antiquefabric.com)
Antique Fabric states that it is an Internet source of antique fabrics from the mid 19th century through the 1960s, specializing in cottons for quilters. They also carry fabrics useful for swing era dresses, costumes, doll costumes, and crazy quilts such as 1930s – 50s rayons, lawn, dimity, and organza, silks, satins, and brocades, as well as feedsacks, buttons, and trim.
Categories of fabrics include turn-of the century, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and later, novelties, quilt tops / blocks etc. The site also offers a free e-newsletter with first notices of sales and promotions, and a limited amount of quilt restoration service.
Revival Fabrics (www.revivalfabrics.com)
This website describes their merchandise as terrific vintage fabrics from the1920s – 70s. Categories include cotton fabrics – prints, floral, novelty, geometric, dimity vintage fabrics, dotted swiss and flocked, eyelash vintage fabric, famous artists – fine art on fabric, fine fabrics – silk, rayon, brocade, chiffon, flannel, home decorating – barkcloth toile, organdy, voile, and organza, seersucker, plisse and pique, shagbark, tropical and Hawaiian, etc.
Revival Fabrics also offers a sale room of “extravagant savings”, sold by the piece, remnant bundles, and a monthly newsletter featuring sales information, fabric trivia, and interviews. Their home decorating section features vintage tablecloths, chenille bedspreads, tea towels, napkins, placemats, curtains etc.
Repro Depot (reprodepot.com)
Repro Depot describes their offerings as a selection of vintage reproduction and retro themed fabrics. Fabrics are brand new, 100% cotton broadcloth and usually 45″ wide. Categories include 1920’s and 30s, 1940’s and 50s, 1960s and 70s, children at play, cowboy roundup, holiday fun, Hawaiian and tropical, girls, girls, girls, Japanese and Asian themes, barkcloth and upholstery, home decoration and florals, African influence, marimekko, Heather Rose, Munki Munki, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, and Denise Schmidt.
Other items offered include buttons, ribbons, patterns, home items, cool t-shirts, and baby gifts. In addition, Repro Depot ships free by UPS ground rate, on orders over $100.