Fabrics

Published on March 10th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe

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Fab Fabrics: Vintage Sari

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We posted a few weeks ago about vintage Kimono fabric, and it got me thinking about other vintage fabrics that you could repurpose for crafty use. A couple of folks on Twitter mentioned vintage sari fabric, which seemed like a perfect follow up!

Sari is a traditional Indian garment, and it’s really flexible! It’s essentially a large piece of fabric – usually from five to 10 yards long and three to four feet wide. There are hundreds of ways to wrap a sari, making it extremely versatile. Usually made of silk, you can also find cotton sari if you hunt a little bit. The fabric is just gorgeous – intricate prints in bold colors and metallic shades. Sari fabric is just as versatile for craft projects as it is as a garment! It looks like Etsy and eBay both have great selections to choose from! Here’s are some ideas to get you started:

  • Fold over the top and sew or use stitch witchery to make a great pair of quickie curtains.
  • You could cut it into lengths and either finish the edges with a serger or a rolled hem, like in this handkerchief tutorial, and make a few beautiful lightweight scarves.
  • The intricate embroidery would make perfect fabric for a pillow or even a cover for a bigger cushion.
  • Use any leftover scraps to make appliques or pretty contrasting patches for mending a pair of worn out jeans.
  • Is it wrong that pretty much every pretty print fabric looks like it’s begging to become a skirt?

What are some other craft projects you can do with vintage sari fabric?

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Helen Cook.



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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://sew-and-so.blogspot.com Becky

    In the town where I went to college, there used to be this hippie-style store where they would handcraft a lot of the merchandise (I saw the sewing machine and the fabric pile and thought that would be the most fun place to work!) One of the things they had there were these skirts made from recycled saris– very simple, basically just two rectangles sewn up one side and layered together (one of silk and one of the embroidered sheer) with a casing made from the silk and a drawstring to make it fit. I think I paid about $30-40 for it, and it seemed like a HUGE splurge for a style that I could have easily sewn myself, but the fabric was so gorgeous, and in a color combination I wouldn’t have thought to put together myself, that I couldn’t pass it up. It’s still one of my favorite skirts. Anyway, there’s another idea of what you can do with the saris.

  • http://blackstarjewelry.blogspot.com/ Katie

    I did have a skirt made with vintage sari scraps. It was beautiful!

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    Those skirts sound gorgeous! Thank you for enabling my skirt obsession!

  • Alicia

    I have a vintage sari silk skirt, its absolutely gorgeous! Now im trying to find some vintage sari fabric, any ideas or recommendations?!

    x

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    Alicia, there are some really great options on Etsy! Try searching “sari” under the vintage heading…you should get at least a few pages of results. Happy crafting!

  • Hema

    Hi,
    I am a wholesaler from India providing wide range of vintage silk sari/sarees. I can provide you variety of these vintage sarees.
    mail me on: kulture.india@gmail.com
    regards

  • http://stores.ebay.com/Vinatge-Sarees?_rdc=1 Nitin

    Hi,
    try this link ( http://stores.ebay.com/Vinatge-Sarees?_rdc=1 ) for vintage sarees on eBay. I have purchased many from this vendor and the quality & service is really good.

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