Grin and Tonic

By Kate Riley August 19, 2010

When I was on the hunt for some retro inspired fabric for my boy’s room, I stumbled across Tonic Living via Aubrey and Lindsay’s blog.   Once I clicked over to check out the fabrics, I was instantly smitten !


tonic living fabrics Image: Tonic Living


This small Toronto based company offers florals, graphic prints, and beautiful mid century modern inspired fabrics.   

Take a peek at a few from the 50’s collection . . .

50s inspired

60’s inspired . . .

60s inspired

and dozens more just like this: 

tonic favorites

Fabulous, aren’t they?

The best part about this Canadian gem?  Most of these high quality fabrics are for sale for under $10 a yard !!   They’ll make custom panels and pillows for you too, for a fee. 

Last week, I mentioned I ordered their Pendant Blue fabric for my boy’s room.  Now I can’t wait to finish sewing his retro inspired window treatments !

pendant blue swatch in room

Want to see more Tonic goodness?  Check out Rambling Renovator’s custom panels, they are completely gorgeous.  Hop on over to Tonic Living . . .  I think you’ll be delighted with the choices, and prices too. 

MId day update:  Tonic Living is offering readers a

10% discount if you enter the code CENTSATIONAL.  

Yay, happy shopping!


Note: No dollars were spent by Tonic to secure my affection.  I just happen to love this new source for super stylish and affordable fabric.   



  1. Thank you! I love all the patterns, especially the “grids”, my new fave design. I’m hopping over there now!

  2. OMG I am having severe heart palpitations right now…seriously, my palms are sweating, my head is swimming. The fabrics at Tonic Living are amazing. I have already added several to my cart. Hopefully sanity will step in before I order it all. I don’t know if I should say thanks for opening my eyes to this loveliness – or call you in as a witness in my divorce, since I REALLY don’t need to bring more fabric into my house!!!

  3. I just discovered them last week too! You really can’t beat their price points and the styles are great. I have been in the midst of textile planning for our nursery so it’s been really fun to imagine the possibilities.

  4. Thanks for that! I am always excited to have a Canadian source!! I just usually have to drool over all that is available in the US and not here in Canada!! Love Love Love your blog :)

  5. Wow what a nice source that you gave us! Their site is unbelievable. I am going to check to see if they ship to United States, it is so hard to find retro fabrics like that. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Thanks for linking to my blog! Yes, the Tonic Living fabrics are divine and such a great price. Another tip: you can order samples at $1 each! I have large pile of samples just waiting for future projects.

  7. I love that sight. And if you order samples from them, you normally get a coupon for 5% off your full fabric order. I order from them often for projects and have given their fabric as gifts to people. They really rock.

  8. OMG I love their collection! So glad it’s a Canadian company too!!! The prices are awesome!! So excited…can’t wait to make some pillow covers/drapery out of it!

  9. Hello Kate,
    You are a godsend! [ I’m bowing as I say this :) ] I have a pair funky avocado green paisely pillows and have never been able to part with them because ILOVE them….I have scoured the fabric stores for suitable prints and finally I have the perfect site. They should be paying you if they arent


  10. Don’t be nervous ordering online! It feels better than you can imagine! The heavier weight fabrics are divine for recovering items, and I have been dealing with the amazing Janine for many many years and am truly impressed every year how many cool new patterns there are to fall in love with! Where else could I have found fabric printed with a 1959 Shasta trailer on it to make curtains for my ’59 Shasta??!!

  11. I do have a sewing machine but can’t sew but I am gonna order some of the 70’s fabric to re-cover some chairs (staple gun honey)in my crafty studio since I’m doing a rehaul…thanks for the link and coupon!

  12. Oh WOW! These are gorgeous! I love them!

    Does anyone else just SEE fabic and then have to sew??? I just rearranged my day! Saving this link for sure!

    Thank you!

  13. Love, love, love Tonic Living! The fabrics gorgeous. I love their upholstery lines. It might be time to dust of my sewing machine:-)

  14. Thanks for giving the shout out for Tonic Living. Their price and selection is the best in Canada and I have always had a good experience shopping through them.

  15. Well my Monday morning just got better. These fabrics are to die for! Thanks for sharing a site
    I’ve never seen before!

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