Three Ways to Style Vintage Textiles at Home


Vintage textiles are having a major moment right now, especially mud cloth and indigo dyed fabrics.  Both of these fabrics are super versatile and work with a variety of design styles at home. Whether your home’s aesthetic is bohemian, mid century modern, or traditional, vintage textiles can add a worldly charm that elevates the feel of the space with little effort and cost.  I especially love textiles in a blue hue as it works with virtually any color palette and again in a variety of interiors.

Three Ways to Style Vintage Textiles at Home



Throw pillows

This option will set you back the cost of the fabric, plus having the pillow case made (approximately $10 per pillow case). To save on costs, use an old pillow to stuff as opposed to buying a new pillow. Mud cloth makes a great pillow cover as it’s very sturdy so if kids decide to jump on them, they will survive, plus they are laundry safe. If you’re living room or den is feeling lackluster, adding some mud cloth pillows will breathe new life into the space for cheap. 


Cushion cover

This is a really easy and inexpensive option for giving old furniture a makeover! Plus, it works to protect new upholstery without the plastic cover! Just wrap the cushion in the fabric (indigo dyed is soft and easy to work with) and pin on the underside to secure. This option also works on sofa cushions, seats and any other removable cushion.  


Table runner

This is almost too simple of an option, but it’s one that people rarely consider. Dress up a wood dining table with a bit of texture by draping an indigo dyed cloth with some embroidery. I also love the juxtaposition of a classic tea set or china set against this soft material. Either way, it’s an unexpected and easy design fix to add some color to your space. 



    August 10, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I make my own indigo mudcloths and love to shibori. Its fun but I have a ways to go. I have been dying to head to the flea market and pick some up as gifts for my family in london…. which flea market has the best selection? Rosebowl or Long beach? Love your site! xx

    • August 11, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Thanks Sophie! I love both of the flea markets! They have some similar vendors and items, but they are totally different so I try to hit them both each month! I’d love to see your mudcloths!

      • SOPHIE
        August 11, 2017 / 11:38 am

        Ah I love you for responding <3

        I am actually going to make some tomorrow, its been a while. I should share though…. Usually give them away as gifts.

        Last question, despite having grown up in LA, I've only been to the Rosebowl once, and I did it all wrong.
        I suppose I didn't realize how massive it was, dont even think I saw half of it. Where do the fabrics (mud cloths etc) hang out in proximity to the entrance? Do you know, vintage guru girl?

        • August 11, 2017 / 5:40 pm

          Yes, the Rose Bowl Flea is huge! There’s a mix of old and new, so you want to stay in the “orange” and “white” areas which are strictly vintage merchandise and that’s where you’ll find the textiles. If you enter through the main gates, turn left and you’ll see all of the vintage vendors there – there’s even more over the bridge!

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