Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage Fabric Finds...I am in LOVE!

 I went to my favorite thrift store Thursday to drop off some toys (yay) and potties (DOUBLE YAY!).  I had to go in and check out what was inside.  I think I let out an audible gasp when I saw this little dog panel...cut and ready to be sen up (that paw is folded, not cut off).  I put him on my design wall and he is looking pretty happy there.  No feeding, grooming, vet bills...this is the canine for me.  I do have a scottie, but after him all dogs will be of the fabric variety (I HOPE!).
 But then it got better.  A cute pink elephant with wonky gingham AND a beret???  Sign me up!  This is soooo cute.  It says "I am an elephant." 
And on the backside it says "I work in the circus."  I love reading the "suggestions for stuffing": cotton batting, shredded foam rubber, nylon stockings, or Kapok.  Nothing says "lovable stuffie" like shredded foam rubber and grandma's old stockings!  I had to google Kapok:

Kapok is soft, smooth, hygienic, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. It is breathable, allows air circulation and has healthful benefits. It can be reused for generations, without developing mold or decaying. It even floats!

Apparently it is also called Java Cotton and it comes from the seed pods of the kapok tree.  I guess the fact that Poly batting as not an option on the stuffing instructions means this fabric was is older than polyester.  Sweet.

I got 3 panels of the elephants and the puppy for 75 cents.  Total.  Woop-woop!  My mind is going 1000 miles an hour thinking about what I should do with these cuties.  Any suggestions????


  1. Awesome panels -- can't wait to see what you do with them!!

  2. oh reminds me of my childhood. FUN!

  3. The pink elephant screams baby quilt. Would be so cute in the center of front and back of quilt using the appropriate pieces for each side. So cute!!

  4. My mom had tons of these and would make them for the grandkids. I love them, they bring back memories.

  5. Those are adorable! If you need someone to take one of those elephant panels off your hands, I know where you can send it! :o) One of my 13-year-old daughters collects elephants! :o)

  6. The elephant print is sooo cute!! Super like it!


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