Fab Fabrics: Vintage Finds from The Tin Thimble

A commenter on our 2009 Fab Fabrics Retrospective mentioned that she’d been seeing more and more crafts from repurposed vintage fabric, and we thought it would be fun to kick off Fab Fabrics for 2010 with just that!

Emma Farrell and her mother, Sharon Mansfield, came home from a trip with a dream of opening a sewing store that was “that was different than your standard quilt shop.” Rather than the usual offerings, their Loomis, CA shop offer vintage patterns, scrap packs, and notions and vintage and organic fabrics.

Emma says they favor vintage and organic materials because:

Vintage fabric has such nostalgia and there’s something special about sewing with a fabric that has been around for three, four, five or even six decades. Although “vintage” doesn’t necessarily mean “used”, we often find that a lot of our vintage items such as buttons, fabric, trims, ect, have previously been utilized and we certainly don’t think that this lowers their value! We often use vintage products also because their quality is much better than modern day goods. Each vintage fabric has such a unique print and texture that we can’t help but be inspired by them! We enjoy using eco-friendly materials, notions and patterns because it’s nice to be guilt free while we create. We are drawn to eco-friendly products because we understand how much love and effort goes into each and every creative project, and it’s important to use items that love us, and the environment, back.

They have a wonderful range of vintage prints, from this sweet mushroom in pinks and purples (pictured above) to solids. I would love a skirt made from this precious tulip fabric:

Ready to get your sewing on? You can check out their wares in The Tin Thimble’s Etsy shop. Folks in the Loomis, CA area can even pop by Emma and Sharon’s brick and mortar location to see their dream in person!

Written by Becky Striepe

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 .


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