Reproduction fabric lovers rejoice! We have all your favorite 1800s reproduction fabric right here. This beautiful historic fabric hearkens back to a simpler time with deep, rich colors and graceful prints. From Regency fabric to Civil War fabric, take your quilts a step back in time and enjoy every stitch with these vintage fabric styles. To shop 1930s reproduction fabric, click here.
Even if you don’t know this style of fabric by name, you’ve likely seen reproduction fabrics in shops and online because it’s a very popular and beloved style. Basically, these are prints and styles from previous eras that are remade or “reproduced”! Civil War fabrics, for example, are considered a reproduction fabric because they reflect the most popular colors and designs from that time period. Our reproduction fabric selection includes 1930s fabric prints, feed sack fabric by the yard, Civil War, and other vintage fabric reproductions. You’ll find that 1930s fabric patterns typically consist of cheery, pastel colors, tiny calico florals, and vintage characters. Civil War reproductions are usually done in dark, rich colors and feature vintage florals. All in all, 30s reproduction fabric and other reproduction fabrics for quilting are simply vintage fabric prints!
One vintage fabric print that we hear dozens of quilters ask about is feed sack fabric. Not up on your feed sack fabric history? We could talk all day long about the rich history of this vintage fabric jewel, but a quilter’s time is precious so we’ll make this history lesson brief! During the Depression era, feed sacks were sturdy bags used for hauling goods such as flour, sugar, grain, and animal feed. They were usually made of rough canvas, which made them not only strong, but reusable too! Farmers would often reuse their empty feed sacks at markets and mills, and would stamp their brand or name onto the sacks. Some years later, as feed sacks gained popularity, manufacturers started weaving these bags with strong cottons, which quickly caught the attention of crafty women. By the 1930s, feed sack fabric was being used for aprons, dresses, and much more! Pretty neat, right? Here’s a bonus fun fact/tip about feed sack fabric: There’s a way to tell if a feed sack print is authentic or not. The most obvious way to tell is if the fabric still has a bit of a “sack shape,” but if it doesn’t, look for stitching holes around the selvedges and across the width of the fabric. Authentic feed sack prints will usually have remnants of a curved seam too.
Hopefully now you feel more like a vintage fabric virtuoso, and are ready to start your new—or first—reproduction quilt! But if you’re still on the fence about reproductions, maybe Jenny can help you down from there. In one of Jenny’s many tutorials, she makes a beautiful, vintage quilt block known as “Grandmother’s Fan” using an adorable 1930s fabric collection. Click HERE or watch below to see 1930s fabric in action—you just might pay a visit to our reproduction fabric selection afterwards!
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