Frequently asked questions

Environmentally Friendly?

Yes! I use the terms reclaimed or upcycled to describe most of the fabrics that I work with. They are secondhand fabrics that I find at estate sales, thrift shops and online auctions. By purchasing second hand fabrics I am keeping them out of landfills and giving them new life. Using vintage fabrics also means there is less demand for new fabrics to be manufactured. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Are the vintage fabrics you work with clean?

Yes! I take great pride in making sure the vintage fabrics I work with are as like new as possible. My preperation procsss frequentlly includes soaking them for up to two days with a product called Retro Clean. It gently strips them of any fragrance or fabric softener that might have buit up on them over the years. After that they get washed in a hot water cycle with fragrance free hypoallergenic detergent, and then an extra hot water rinse.

Just vintage bed sheets?

That would be very limiting. I use many vintage fabrics, including cottons, feed sack cloth, repurposed apparel, upholstery fabrics. These are frequently used in conjunction with fabric stabalizers, new quilting fabrics, new cotton batting and new pillow forms. I enjoy combining the vintage prints with new ones to update them.

Where can I find your work?

In addition to this website, my work can be found online at rosepettijohn.etsy.com. In the Memphis area you will find my work at Sheffield's Antiques, 684. W.Poplar Ave. I also frequent craft fairs and comic cons in the area. You can follow Pettijohn Textiles on Facebook or @rosepettijohn on Instagram for updates.

Care and Cleaning

Blankets, pillows, quilts and burp cloths can all be machine washed in warm water with a mild detergent and then tumble dried. Snuggle often. Zipper pouches and bags should be spot cleaned.