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Thrifted Fabric

I don’t normally post about fabric. But today I am particularly jazzed – so i had to share. Last week whilst on a trip to my favourite underpriced thrift store, I found that someone had donated their entire fabric stash – of UNUSED vintage fabrics STILL WITH THEIR PURCHASE TAGS ON! what?!?!!? freak out! Even better – i got the whole box for $20.

I wanted to cry with excitement. It’s so hard to find vintage fabric – I normally have good luck with vintage sheets (which i love working with), but unused fabric? wowza.

Almost all the pieces are over 2 yards in length, which leaves me with heaps of options for using them – and there were some amazing pieces. My favourite is a piece of 100% wool suiting, with tiny herringbone pattern. But I just can’t get over all the gorgeous plaids and unusual prints.

The photo above is of my favourite pieces – but that’s only half of what i got! I am dying over here people. I cannot wait to start using it all!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Claudia
Claudia
10 years ago

what a great score!!! Do you have a huge smile going on right now? ;)

If you don’t mind me asking where is the store? I live in MD/VA/DC area too.

Loren
10 years ago

This is an amazing find! Can’t wait to see some of the things you make!

Van@The Clothes We Wear

Wow, Megan! A lucky find.

Fabi
10 years ago

Woweee! I have to admit I’m kinda (more like reeeally) jealous! The fabrics are lovely, can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Amy
Amy
10 years ago

Awesome find! I love getting fabric from the thrift store!

Sarah
10 years ago

I love buying thrifted fabric! Actually that’s where I get the majority of my fabric collection! I usually raid the thrift store stash once or twice a month and just buy whatever I feel drawn to (as long as it’s in good condition). I have it all sitting neatly in a pile, but I have yet to actually make anything with it! Haha! I’m sure I’ll get to it soon! Great find though! :)

Portia
10 years ago

Gulp! Kudos indeed!!
Px

Meg
Meg
10 years ago

That is a seriously amazing find. I’ve never been able to thrift good vintage fabric (though I’m not much of a sewer, so I’ve not really tried). Congrats on your awesome score!

Jo
Jo
10 years ago

I’m so jealous! That’s a great find!

shirly
shirly
10 years ago

i’m so jealous!! i never find good items in my thrift store, sadly…can’t wait to see what you end up making with it!

Melissa
10 years ago

I love thrifted fabric, and I’m so jealous of your haul! Those fabrics look gorgeous!

Claire from Handmade by ClaireBear

All of that fabric for only $20!

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