Daily Swatch: Terry Cloth

The Daily Swatch features a piece of vintage fabric (almost) every day. Themes change periodically. Please add your own examples of the theme to the True Up and/or Vintage Fabric Flickr pools.

Psychedelic Terry Cloth!

Terry cloth is a uncut-pile weave fabric. Pile fabrics (which also include velvet and corduroy) are made with an extra set of yarn looped through a ground weave or knit. If these loops are cut you get a fuzzy cut-pile fabric, but terry cloth is uncut and its loops result in added absorbency. You can see how it’s woven by hand in this video.

In the 1970s-80s, terry cloth got to escape the bathroom and enjoy several years in the form of fly rompers, sundresses, and jogging suits. You don’t see too many printed terry cloth fabric on the market anymore, though maybe Japan will change that.

This vintage psychedelic terry cloth stash is from The Tin Thimble on Flickr — check out her vintage fabric and sewing shop on Etsy.


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog and your dedication to keep us up ALL the time!!! Thanks!!! Shelley

  2. Kristin says:

    Love those so much! Totally reminds me of my childhood. Would love to see it make a comeback!

  3. Kim says:

    All of these are amazing, but the 2nd and 3rd from the top are wowee zowee!