Can I Mix Old and New Fabrics?
I have inherited some hand piecing work from my mom. They were probably pieced during the 1920s or 30s. I’m thinking of making borders from new fabric (with an older, heirloom look), but I am a little concerned about incorporating old and new because of strength, durability, etc. What do you think?
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What a great treasure to inherit! Depending on what condition the fabrics are in now, they should be okay to sew together with newer fabric. Adding the newer fabrics as borders may also help add stability to the older pieces.
As far as durability goes, I probably wouldn’t use the older fabrics on anything other than a wall hanging though, as repeated use may just break down the fabric.
We’d love to see what you come up with – please share a photo when you have them ready!
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