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September 20, 2007

Fabric Source

Filed under: sewing projects — by michellew @ 7:07 pm

I worked at JoAnn Fabrics in highschool and that was always a great resource for fabric.  I wish we had one around here.  There are only a handful of places where I buy fabric.  Walmart is my first stop, and if I can’t find it there, I go to Hancock’s.  I know that Hobby Lobby has fabric but I’ve never checked it out before.  Any opinions on Hobby Lobby?  Where else is there in Chattanooga to get good fabric?  One of my main problems is that I’m cheap, hence the reason I start at Walmart.   I don’t want to pay too much a yard.  But I’m starting to realize that for some projects, especially gifts, I want to find a little nicer stuff.  I’ve thought of looking online, but I really wouldn’t know where to begin with buying fabric online.  Any tips for online shopping? 

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11 Comments »

  1. I looked at our Hobby Lobby at their material & it looked pretty good – great price as well.

    Comment by MOM Thomas — September 20, 2007 @ 9:18 pm |Reply

  2. I know a bunch of bloggers talk about Superbuzzy. I have no idea what the site is like, or anything about fabric that is, but the products I’ve seen made out of superbuzzy fabric is really cute! And of course, there’s IKEA fabric whenever you can take a trip. I’m going down on the 5th, 6th of Oct. Let me know if you’re up for a gamble, I”ll get you something!

    Comment by katiek — September 20, 2007 @ 9:45 pm |Reply

  3. I know when I wanted home decor and decorator fabrics there were some good mill outlets in Dalton. But I agree that Chattanooga seems to lack good fabric stores and now I’m spoiled with a Huge JoAnn’s 5 min. from our house. Good luck finding what you’re looking for.

    Comment by JenniferCS — September 20, 2007 @ 11:36 pm |Reply

  4. We usually go to Hancock and use coupons from the Hamilton County Schools coupon books. Hobby Lobby has good fabric as well- and I get coupons online from them. I liked going to the remnant bin at Wal-Mart. Too bad they are going to stop selling fabric.

    Comment by alli — September 21, 2007 @ 7:01 am |Reply

  5. Thanks for the ideas guys.

    Katie, so good to know you’re headed to ikea. I’ve been thinking about getting a bookshelf from there. But I haven’t talked to Bob about it yet. Any chance you’d have room to pick up a bookshelf for me?

    And fabric…hmm. I just may need to go on their website and check out what they have! Thanks for the offer.

    Comment by michellew — September 21, 2007 @ 7:51 am |Reply

  6. oooo! i think hobby lobby is over priced. hancock’s is nice for sure, i mostly like the old wallpaper sample books though, not there for the fabric. hancock’s is classic, i’d just like to go and take a whole bunch of photos.

    kt is right! superbuzzy is a fathit! i’d also try searching for handmade/handdyed/handprinted fabric on etsy. there is warmbiscuit and reprodepot which are both incredible sites, especially if you’re looking for vintage-retro patterns. there is also the purlbee. and of course there is japanese fabric sites too, but than you get into a whole lot of lost in trans. best of luck mw! i’d encourage you to splurge and sell your wares on etsy!!!

    Comment by cat — September 24, 2007 @ 9:11 am |Reply

  7. mw, i think hobby lobby is over priced. i think hancock’s is wonderful but there again fabric is expensive! kt is right, superbuzzy is the hot ticket. but you might also want to try these spots on the great www: warmbiscuit, reprodepot, and purlbee. all three have incredible, edible-like fabric, some might be expensive but it’s gotta be worth it. i’d splurge if i were you and sell my wares and such on etsy!!! best o’ luck:)

    Comment by cat — September 24, 2007 @ 3:27 pm |Reply

  8. there is also a place on rossville blvd, i need to find out what it’s called, give me a sec…i’m think Associated Fabrics on Dodd’s Avenue. Not Hancock’s. AF is awesome!!! check it: http://www.associatedfabrics.com also did you happen to check the yellow pages? okay and a highly nice place is Gifford Street Fabrics on Gifford Street. sorry so long, just hope it all helps.

    Comment by cat — September 24, 2007 @ 3:34 pm |Reply

  9. Cat- Thanks for all of the great suggestions for fabric on the web. I really wouldn’t know where to start myself. I agree that Hancocks is expensive.

    I’ve been to AF, but haven’t always been impressed. I mean everything is like 15-30 bucks a yard and its usually stiff curtain/decorator fabric. Ok I remember they do have a sale bin, but still, I don’t usually find a great need for the stiff types of fabric they carry. Maybe I should be more open minded? I’ve been to Gifford Street Fabrics once, just to buy some foam, I didn’t get to see their fabric. Will have to stop sometime. Are they all curtain and upholstery fabric?

    Oh and one more thing, I forgot about the bleachery in Flintstone. I’ve not been there but want to go. Who wants to go with me? They sell fabric there by the pound. And no its not all white as you might think. But I’ve never been there and want to check it out. My pastor’s wife goes all of the time and she’s the one that gave me the “in” there. It would be so fun to go without kids. But they are only open during business hours. Anyone wanna check it out with me?

    Comment by michellew — September 27, 2007 @ 11:23 am |Reply

  10. We went to a place that sold by the pound in Arizona. It was great fun! I would love to go with you some time.

    Comment by alli — September 27, 2007 @ 2:05 pm |Reply

  11. For designer fabric try jcarolinecreative.com The fabric is pricey, but SUPER CUTE and you can always use it to accent less expensive solids.

    We don’t have a joanns either. It really annoys me!

    Comment by kristen — September 29, 2007 @ 12:23 am |Reply


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