We’ve talked about threads, needles, stabilizers, etc. but let’s get to the best part of sewing, …. fabric! We’re getting ready to start a new project and we look through our “fabric stash” but somehow we just don’t have all the right fabrics and colors we need for what we want to do. Sound familiar? So, we have to postpone starting the project until we can get to our local fabric stores. They have some of what we want, but not all. We go home with our new purchases and then go online to find the rest. Now we wait until the newly purchased online fabric arrives…… Meantime, we are itching to make something, so we go back to our stash and find something to temporarily satisfy our desire to create.
Solution! When you see a fabric you like, buy it! Don’t know how much to buy? Decide if the fabric is a “focus” fabric or a small print or marbled “blend-able”. If it’s a focus fabric like a large print that’s very distinct, buy at least 1 yard and if you can afford it buy 1 1/2 or 2 yards. Distinct fabrics are generally only produced one time. When the fabric is gone from your local quilt shop, you won’t get it again. If desperate, you might find it online at Equilter.com, Fabric.com, Connecting Threads, Missouri Star Quilt Company or Keepsake Quilting. (see creative links on right). They have the warehouse space to purchase a lot more bolts than your local quilt shops can.
Plain, marbled or small prints that “read” plain from a distance you can usually buy again, but the dye lots may not be the same. I suggest you buy as much as you can afford, because you can use it for multiple projects where a blender fabric is needed to offset a pretty print. Many times, a plainer fabric makes a nice project by itself.
Another piece of advice. If a pattern calls for 1 yard, add at least a quarter yard to allow for any mistakes. If I need 2 yards, I add 1/2 yard. It’s always better to have a little extra in case you didn’t follow the old saying, “measure twice, cut once”.
This “rule of thumb” buy extra, can also work for clothing fabric purchases. So keep that in mind when making a fabric purchase for a clothing pattern.
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Fabric! Is it possible to walk into a fabric store without touching the bolts and dreaming of creations? Love it!
Nope! Impossible to pass by fabric and feel the next wonderful creation. Glad someone else is as nutty as I am!
Thanks for your comment and readiing my blog!
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WOW! So happy I found your blog Molly! Excelllent advice and great tips! I am one who never has a problem with “buying extra”. What’s hard for me to decide is how much extra! I learned a long time ago if I see a fabric that I absolutely love, to buy it and to buy how much I think I will need and then buy half as much more! I’ve never regretted buying ‘too much’, regretted buying ‘just enough’ too often. Great Blog Molly! I look forward to learning more from you and hopefully coming down for some classes this year!
Hi Dee Dee. What a pleasant surprise to hear from you. I look forward to seeing you in future classes. Please pass my blog info on to your sewing friends. And please click the follow button so you will automatically get future blogs. Incidentally, how did you find me? My blog is so new, and it’s nice to know someone found me in that giant “world wide web”. Be sure to check my past blogs, because there is a world of information on each one that hopefully is written in language we all understand.
Until next time, have a great New Year., Molly