June 18, 2012

Vintage Souvenir Scarves

I am in vacation mode, I have 14 days until we leave for our Caribbean vacation which led me to feature this post about Vintage Souvenir Scarves! Beginning in the 1930s, maps were screen-printed onto various types of textiles such as tablecloths, scarves and tea towels and sold in souvenir shops across the nation. Today, they can be used in various projects whether framed, made into pillows, cushions, etc! 

Vintage tablecloth turned into a roller window shade from Martha

Framed souvenir tea towels framed and cushion made from tablecloth

Vintage tablecloth was used to update this beach chair and beach bag from Martha

Assorted souvenir scarves and tea towels made into pillows from BHG

Buy your own at Inglenook Decor

50's vintage souvenir scarf on Etsy

German Souvenir Scarf pillow on Etsy

Collectors' Guide to Vintage Souvenir Tablecloths And Linens (Schiffer Book for Collectors)


  1. The vintage scarves I've collected remain some of my favorites-- I always come back to them and find they can be used in so many ways!

  2. I love this so much! I have a Michigan scarf from my great grandma that I had made into a pillow. xo

  3. Isn't how funny how something touristy takes on a very romantic, enchanting feel after many years? Love these ideas - especially the beach chair! I guess I'd better check out that vintage Germany map too. :)

  4. My grandmother had small table cloths that had these same images on them. They were wonderful.


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