This fabric has been collected over a span of 15-20 years - my fabric obsession has been something I have lived with for a very long time 😆 but luckily for me the act of hoarding gorgeous vintage florals & interesting textiles has paid off because I now get to use them to design bonnets with 🙌🏻 But in the last couple of years we’ve acquired a lot of this fabric from our amazing followers, my talented remote thrifters, donations & second hand marketplace finds 🕵️
Most of our bonnets are made from vintage yardage, donated materials & upcycled clothing. I always like to take the time to chat a bit about our process with this business because there’s a lot that goes into making these bonnets. We don’t just purchase new yardage & create these collections each week. We aim to reduce textile waste by ensuring that the majority of our fabric, whether hunted down or donated by our customers, is almost always vintage, out of print, upcycled, or deadstock - which in simple terms means leftover fabrics from fashion houses or textile plants that would eventually end up in the garbage. This is also why most bonnets are so limited. Typically all of these fabrics are found in small batches & while we can sometimes find them again we never assume we can bring a bonnet back once that fabric is used.
At least one part of every bonnet we make (bonnet, lining, ruffle) is vintage, upcycled, and/or donated. Trims are NEW material that we purchase & create ourselves. This is important because it gives the bonnet integrity, durability & quality that we couldn’t guarantee with vintage but also because it’s essential to buy it in very large quantities which helps us to keep the flow of bonnets going & selling what we believe to be the best product we can. It’s because of those new materials we’re able to continue sticking to the heart of our mission which is, saving the world from textile waste, #onebonnetatatime! ❤️♻️🙌🏻