Heirloom Quality Goods, Hand-Dyed Fabrics & Buttons

Morrisville, New York

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Welcome! Shop here for unique heirloom quality, handmade items and gifts, hand-dyed fabrics and supplies, and vintage sewing buttons.


Cynthia Busic-Snyder

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Cynthia Busic-Snyder


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About DuchessFroufrou

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On Etsy since 2007

I make stuff.

My Filipino mom had me hand-sewing by the time I was 4 (at least in my mind) and I remember I couldn't wait to learn to use the sewing machine! She was the leader of our elementary school blue bird and campfire girl group, and carefully prepared craft projects for weekly meetings, and encouraged us to attend camp where the swimming, hiking, and woodsy craftiness permeated my psyche. Among my favorites were dyeing fabric and sewing objects d'art to enter in the state fair.

My obsession with both hand and power tools (especially sharp ones) was fostered by my dad. He often took my older brother and I to visit a family friend who taught me to carve little figures out of wood by the time I was in second grade. An awesome high school art teacher who always said, "let's figure it out" to anything artsy we wanted to try, introduced me to drawing, painting, ceramic and silkscreen processes while the drama teacher had me painting play sets late into the evening.

Enamored with shiny things, my best bud and I met for a girls' weekend at an obscure town in PA to look at vintage buttons...and ended up buying half the business. In our dotage we knew we wanted to open some sort of sewing or craft specialty store, and believed this was the beginning. Unfortunately we are still separated by time and distance, and haven't realized that chapter of our lives. Slowly, but surely I open boxes of lovely buttons (like those my grandmother had saved in an old cookie tin) and photograph them to share with you.

As a recovering author, educator, and art director I still find painting myself sewing for the school plays and painting sets or sidetracked on a silkscreen or etching, but have returned to my childhood love of dyeing fabric in artful ways for your use in handmade quilts clothing, and home decor items. Enjoy!

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Last updated on Aug 31, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Fabric sizing details

I purchase 60 inch wide fabric from a mill in the United States, and rip it into 1 or 2 meter lengths to allow for shrinkage during the dyeing process. The result is that the units are slightly longer than a yard (usually around 37 inches) and the width falls around 58 inches.

Because I rip the fabric into the standard units for sale, you can block the fabrics for accurately constructed quilts and home goods. NO CROOKED prints or drapes that hang at an odd angle with the goods you purchase from Duchess Froufrou!

Fabric Care instructions

All fabric has been soaked for hours (usually a couple of days) and washed in VERY hot water to remove residual dyes. Once in awhile, though rarely, some colors will let go of additional color after a period of time and therefore I recommend washing the fabric again with your favorite detergent upon arrival, and before combining with lighter colored fabrics.

Synthrapol and very hot water are recommended.

Custom and personalized orders

I am happy to entertain custom orders for both larger quantities of vintage sewing buttons and hand-dyed fabrics.

I cannot match colors of existing fabrics, as there are too many variables in the fabrics and chemistry, but can dye fabrics to coordinate, or dye fabrics if you select the dye colors.

I am happy to hem fabrics or construct goods for you from the fabrics you purchase as long as you supply the pattern and accurate measurements.

Wholesale availability

Many of the sewing buttons I feature are available in large quantities at a discounted price...especially in shell (mother-of pearl or ocean pearl) shirt sizes.


I use USPS for shipping unless otherwise requested by the buyer. In these instances the buyer takes responsibility for tracking and secure arrival of their order.

Packages sent via USPS are tracked through etsy. Those listed as "delivered" through Etsy are considered as such. If they are delivered to the wrong address or taken from your mailbox by an unsavory charcter, I cannot take responsibility, so please contact your local mail carrier or Post Office.

Insurance and signature confirmation is an additional cost. Please select these options at checkout.

Button Use and Care

The vintage buttons by Schwanda were manufactured prior to 1960 using techniques and processes that may not withstand modern laundry and dry cleaning. Some buttons may be made of polymers or coatings such as casein that may be susceptible to damage in water.

Please test buttons first before permanently attaching them to a garment that will be frequently laundered. If you choose to subject antique and vintage buttons to contemporary processes, please do so at your own risk.

I can not take responsibility for replacement or refunds of damaged or incomplete cards of buttons that cannot be resold. Buyers are responsible for return postage.