More about Vintage Fabric

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Here is a quick follow up post about vintage fabric.  Everybody is crazy about old printed feed sacks.  The down side is that now we are seeing reproductions and pretty soon they will be everywhere.  I particularly like the bolder stripes and like to keep the edges simple without ruffles or too much detail.  These are hemp and linen on a tobacco colored linen sofa.
Rag rugs are another great source for pillows.  You can find vintage runners on eBay fairly easily.  I usually wash them on the gentle cycle and use lots of fabric softener.  Almost all of the old rugs fall apart but are perfect for pillows.  I backed these with linen.
More rag rug pillows paired with a soft salmon colored french ticking from Textile Trunk.

This is one of a pair of wing chairs done in a vintage duvet cover on the horizontal with the seat in a graphic french burlap feed sack.  The pillow is a rag rug rehab!

Love this bold blue stripe.
This little bamboo day bed is outfitted in white denim with ticking bolsters and vintage pillows.
The blue floral pillow is linen. I found this one at East meets West Antiques in Los Angeles.  The also sell on 1stdibs.
Another view of the cool bergere chairs and a pair of love seats with tight backs.  The seats were pieced together with solid hemp the match the colors of the vintage striped sacks used.
This is a simple headboard purchased from Pottery Barn and slipped in a red stripe.  I used white denim for the welting and the back and sides.
Love the little bird pillow and the bark cloth sham.  I added another over sized bolster like the two used on the daybed.  These are really fun projects and don't cost a fortune.  I usually have my upholsterer make the pillows for me but the ones with no welting are easy for the home crafter.   Hope you like the end result.  I am working on a few more similar projects and will share when they are done.   best to all~*~kelley 
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  1. so i just started from the beginning of your blog and am already hooked!!! wanted to let you know i have that same dog and house art that is above the bamboo bed of yours. looove all the bamboo you have!

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  2. Kelley, I know this is an old post, but I love the piece of art in of the building in your room, would you mind if I asked you where you got it. I am looking for something similar for my family room? Thank you,
    Kathysue
    Goodlifeofdesign@yahoo.com

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