Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Inexpensive fabric: remnants



I am obsessed with fabric. Definitely not the most expensive thing to collect, but it can sure add up fast when you find fabric you love.  Most of the time I buy fabric online because I don't generally find what I like at Joann's or Hancock locally, and the quilting stores are generally always out of my price range if I want several yards. However, most sewing projects I do involve less than a 1/2 yard of fabric these days, so I can find really really inexpensive fabric remnants that are the perfect size for most of my projects...

Try the remnant section at Joann's- they give you an additional 50% off the sale price of the fabric. I think I got that whole pile of fabric above for something like $7, and there's at least 5 yards there... not too shabby.

While Purl, Sew Mama Sew, and Fat Quarter Shop are some of my favorites, they don't have the greatest sales. Fashionable Fabrics, however, is generally 20% less than everywhere else (and they have amazing customer service AND they carry the good stuff- Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Moda, etc.) and they have a fabulous 'It's got to go!' section with great prices on remnants and clearance fabrics. I can generally find really great prints under $3/yard there...

Z&S is hit or miss, but they generally have most of the big designers for at least 20% less than most places too. They have a great clearance section with lots of options under $4 a yard.

I buy remnants and clearance fabrics most of the time, and then I don't have to think twice about paying full price when there's something I absolutely have to have. 


3 comments:

stacey said...

oh hooray! a nice list of all your fabric stores. now i don't have to bother you anymore :) and thanks for the tip about the remnants.

Amy said...

Cool. I was wondering where others buy their fabric online. I just usually buy mine off of etsy or ebay. Thanks.

Melanie Williams said...

ooo... good to know. I didn't know about those two. I updated my fabrics online section of my blog with these. Thanks!