bradbury wallpapers available as fabricsIf you’re thinking of using one of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpaper’s reproduction vintage wallpapers in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office… or wherever…. now you can also consider getting all matchy-matchy and use the same design on window treatments, pillows, an apron or… you think it up. Yes, you can now get Bradbury designs on fabric, too. The company has recently launched its 18 of its wallpaper designs as fabrics for sale on These first fabric designs come from Bradbury’s Mod Generation line of 1960s and 1970s inspired wallpapers. You 1940s and 1950s fans, sit tight, the company tells me that they will continue to introduce more designs moving forward.

Interestingly, you can get the Bradbury fabrics in either “full-sized” or “petite” versions of the wallpaper. So, you could use the full-sized wallpaper design on your walls… the petite size on a window valence or make-your-own fabric window shade. This makes particular sense as a design strategy, I think, when you are using the op-art 1960s design. It would be great fun to play with the scale of these designs.

Spoonflower offers their prints on 10 different kinds of fabric. I like the idea of the organic cotton sateen — otherwise known as chintz, always an excellent retro choice. Spoonflower says this fabric is “appropriate for clothing and pillows.” The linen-cotton canvas also looks like a good choice for window valances — sort of heavier duty, like a barkcloth. Spoonflower says the linen-cotton is “appropriate for table cloths, tea towels, dresses, bags, and pillows.” Want even heavier duty? Try the heavy cotton twill, “appropriate for upholstery projects, home decorating, pants, tote bags, banners, coats and jackets, window draperies, tablecloths, and place mats.”

I do caution that, in my experience, printed fabrics are tricky for upholstery, they will wear much harder and are harder to clean than a woven design (in which the color is in the threads themselves). I have successfully used printed fabrics on curtains, pillows, seat cushions and slipcovers, but I wouldn’t use them on “real” upholstered pieces.

  1. Wendy M. says:

    Ooooh- thanks for the information! Those prints are great (and I can never have too much fabric!)

  2. Heather says:

    What a great find! I am not a fan of wallpaper (I know, I know – a shocking admission!) but I love the patterns and colors. This is a great way to incorporate these awesome retro designs into a room without using wallpaper 🙂 And it’s a great option for retro-renters, too! Thanks!

  3. Becky says:

    Oh, thank the decorating gods! I adore those wallpapers, but we live in an apartment and thus can’t cover the walls. Now I can make pillows for the couch in my favorite prints! : D

  4. Lauryn says:

    Way cool!! Fabulous way to get some of these designs without having to commit to wallpaper (though I DID commit to their wallpaper and couldn’t be happier!).

  5. Kristy says:

    That’s so funny, I was just looking at those designs the other day, when they were only available as wall paper. Seems like years ago!

  6. Paula says:

    Did you check out some of the other mid century fabrics on Spoonflower? There went my bedroom decorating budget.

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