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Keep in mind that often these groups prefer the bright, new prints.


If it is quite old and in good shape still, consider contacting local (or not so local) historical associations that work at living history sites or museums. It is so difficult to get authentic old quilting fabric. And it is pricey to get new reproduction fabrics.


My family volunteers (and has for years...) at a living history site and whenever anyone donates fabric, if it's a lot, we make a costume (dress, bonnet, skirt, blouse, apron) and if it is not a lot, we have a scrap box. The girls volunteering can be working on a quilt square between visitors, so that when a visitor comes up to them, they are "busy" with something and can put down their work and explain what they are up to and what the visitor is seeing...


So, if it is truly vintage fabric, call or email around and see if someone who would really appreciate it could use it. Yes, you can PM me if you want me to help you find the fabric a home...



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My grandmother passed away, and she left a ton of fabric behind.

I'm keeping all of the quilting fabric, but I'm hoping to get rid of the rest of it.

Where should I donate it?


If you're in the St. Louis area, there's a group called Sharity Charity that will take all of it, sort it, and give it to other charities for use as needed. They serve a wide variety of charities, and process (take in and give out) literally tons of fabric each year. It becomes items for homeless shelters, hospitals, animal shelters, Newborns in Need, dresses/clothing for children overseas, theater costumes -- they have a huge list of organizations and items they've helped.


They also take thread, zippers, ribbons, interfacing, etc.


Let me know if you're in the area, and I'll get you the info. Okay to PM me about it so you don't have to blast your location all over the internet.


I suspect there are other organizations in other areas of the country that do the same thing. I know of a group in California that accepts quilting fabric, and uses it to make quilts for charity, for example. It would be a really cool project for someone to put together a list of all of these places and post it somewhere online.


(Edited to add: I know about this because I just helped a nonprofit organization costume an entire production of Much Ado About Nothing for practically free, plus they used fabric on the stage set they got for free. One of the fabric pieces was originally purchased at Woolworth's for 83 cents -- who knows how old it was. Many, many pictures of all of this on my blog in the June 2012 entries. I'm planning on suggesting to our Scout troop and our co-op that we think up charitable projects using this fabric -- it's such a great resource!)

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