Vintage linens are some of my very favorite things. They are usually soft and maybe a bit worn. They have a history, and usually they have a lot of detail that you just don’t see these days in new products.
Here are some of my favorite vintage fabric items to buy:
My favorite material, from vintage grainsacks, is rough and nubby. I find it sturdy and amazingly durable considering how old many of them are. The newer ones are very thick and coarse, while the older ones are very soft and bendable. I use them for pillows, upholstery, and even placemats. Typically grainsacks have a stripe or two down the center but not always, and sometimes they even have an embroidered monogram. The monogrammed grainsacks are more and more difficult to find and are becoming quite expensive. One alternative is to buy a grainsack and add your own monogram like I did with my antique French fireplace screen.
Old linen sheets are quite versatile—you can use them to make pillows, sachets or for their original intention as sheets. Often they are on the small side so I prefer to use them as tablecloths. They can be thin, like modern-day sheets, or quite thick and coarse. I actually prefer the more coarse linen sheets because you can tell that they are quite old and not a modern fabric.
Sometimes I use old bedspreads as… well, bedspreads, and sometimes I wrap them around a duvet at the foot of the bed and call it good. You could even use them to make pillows, but for now I don’t have the heart to cut any of them up.
For more simple French home décor inspiration from Anita, check out her blog Cedar Hill Farmhouse.
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