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where to buy vintage fabric and other craft bits

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Give these old textiles and sewing materials a new life.

Want to make that Ikea couch look like it’s straight out of the 1960s? How about sewing a retro dress that gives off perfect Mary Quant vibes? You can always buy reproduction textiles, but they’ll never feel as right as the real thing. Though op shops are top-notch places to search for vintage fabrics and other crafty materials like buttons, quilts and crochet blankets, they’re not often stocked in huge numbers. If you’ve been looking for a specific kind of fabric for yonks, you’re probably better off hunting it down online. To help you out, we’ve gathered a few ace sellers of vintage textiles, buttons, quilts and sheets. 

Shop Make this Look When she’s not sewing up an enviable wardrobe of 1940s and ’50s duds,  US sewist Mena Lazar from @makethislook sells vintage fabric on Instagram via @shopmakethislook. Her cute and colourful fabrics usually range from the ’30s to the ’60s. She also pairs them with examples of vintage patterns, so you can imagine how they’d look on an actual garment. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pink Peacock Melbourne’s Pink Peacock is a rad vintage seller for those of us who like bold, kitschy textiles in bright hues. They sell a bevy of homewares, fashion and other knick knacks, but we’re partial to their mid-century cottons and over-the-top ’80s prints.  

 
 
 
 
 
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L’uccello This Melbourne haberdashery, which trades in-store and online, is a quirky treasure box of vintage and vintage-inspired sewing and crafting goodies. The brick-and-mortar store is certainly worth a peep if you’re ever able to visit – it's chock-full of beautifully curated shelves. Among many other curiosities, L’uccello stocks vintage embroidery thread, vintage sequins and little bits of paper ephemera that would be fab for a collage, handmade card or scrapbook. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cats on Quilts Not only does this California-based Instagram shop sell antique and vintage quilts that are to die for, they also snap pics of adorable cats lounging on them, too. Genius marketing, we think! All of these old quilts are beautifully handmade and some date as far back as the 1870s.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Linen Drawer Head to this Etsy shop based in Tamworth, NSW, if you’re on the hunt for some seriously beautiful needlecraft and lovely old buttons. The Linen Drawer specialises in delicate lace collars, embroidered doilies and crochet trims. It’s the place to go when you’re feeling not just retro, but straight up old-timey (in a good way).  

 
 
 
 
 
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Olive Road London Vintage textile super-fan and sustainability advocate Sarah Richards founded online retailer Olive Road London to encourage other sewists to breathe new life into old fabrics. She sources high-quality dress fabrics, including cotton, crepe and linen – most from the 1950s to 1990s. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Meme and Rube Vintage Fabric Another vintage fabric seller working primarily through Instagram, Meme and Rube Vintage Fabric sell heaps of bed sheets and table linens you can fashion into clothes (or just keep as is). Come for the floral sheets; stay for the 1980s Australian animals print

Mayfield House Vintage Anyone who makes their own clothes will tell you that there’s something particularly exciting about buttons. We could spend hours sifting through button jars in op shops, searching for the perfect colour, shape, texture and era to match our garment. Nice buttons are a great way to upcycle your secondhand duds (like how home renovators buy new appliances to make the house look nicer). You can always hunt them down at vintage shops, but eBay or Etsy work best when you’re in the market for a specific style. Based in Tassie, Mayfield House Vintage has a great selection of vintage fasteners, ranging from random novelty buttons to sweet basics