Vintage Girl Scout Online Museum
This page is more devoted to fabric printed with Girl Scout trefoils, cookies and such - not so much of the fabric sold for the uniform, though some is included here.
The first Girl Scout fabric (shown below) was announced in the February 1961 issue of the Girl Scout Leader as part of the celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. Developed by Riverdale Drapery Fabrics Company in cooperation with the Girl Scouts, it was 100% cotton. Designed by Irene K. Lewis, it was "... printed in nine glowing colors on a sand colored ground, and includes many symbols of Girl Scouting." The fabric was sold on the bolt by the yard ($2.00 a yard), as draperies (45', 54", 63", 84" and 90"), as cafe curtains, (36") and as bedspreads (single and full size). Girl Scouts were encouraged to use the fabric to dress up meeting places, cabins, etc.
The new Girl Scout fabric was highly promoted during the 50th Anniversary.
In 1973 Girl Scouting came out with a new fresh approch to the uniform - Components. Using a collection of blouses, skirts, (sleeveless) dresses, pants, shorts and leotards girls could mix and match their uniform pieces. From this came 3 new printed fabrics: Brown trefoil stripes on white (for Brownies), green and white trefoils on white (for Juniors) and "lemony" yellow trefoils on a soft yellow ( for Cadettes). The price ranged from $1.45 a yard for the Cadette fabric to $2.00 a yard for the Brownie and Junior fabric. Fabric was only available through the catalog. A big problem for these fabrics was that they faded easily. Later, bolts of these fabrics were found in fabric outlet shops.
Later, uniform fabric with various GS logos was produced throughout the years and sold through major fabric stores.
This unusal fabric with the 1980 era Textiles and Fibers badge and the contemporary GS logo is of unknown origin.
In 2009 and 2010 new decoravtive Girl Scout fabric was produced by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Some prints were available in flannel as well as the cotton blend.
The two fabric swatches shown above are based on the 1961 fabric - the design is has been updated with different skin tones on the Girl Scouts. The fabric is a cotton blend instead of the heavy 1961 fabric. The background of the swatch on the right is more beige.
The bottom two rows were part of the Girl Scout fabric line, but do not show any Girl Scout logos or words on them.