Hello lovelies! Happy Wednesday to you all. And if you live around the Maryland area, I hope you enjoyed this beautiful weather the past couple of days.
Anyhoo as you will notice from the post title…Kah and I took a shopping trip to Jo-Ann’s last night. It wasn’t a planned trip, at least not for me. I was not informed that we weren’t going straight home from work until we drove by our exit. Apparently, I would’ve complained if I was told in advance. But I was actually cool with it since we haven’t been there in a while according to the cashier who said she missed us. Funny right?
So, I have a love/hate relationship with Jo-Ann’s. In my opinion they are great for most things other than non-basic home decor fabric. If you go to the quilting fabric section, you will find plenty of bright color schemes and high quality designs. For example, either of these two coordinating fabrics below would look great on an arm chair or if you’re really bold, a sofa or love seat.
These two fabrics are currently on sale online and in store for $6.99/yard, regular price is $9.99. They are also 100% cotton. Now I don’t much about quilting fabrics, but I’m going to assume that they are not made for the dual purpose of upholstering aside from an occasional side chair or throw pillow.
Here is one more fabric just to rub it in…
Now I could not find this particular fabric online but I believe it is $9.99/yard. Sorry I didn’t catch the brand. It might be available at most Jo-Ann locations.
There were plenty more reasonably price and gorgeous quilting fabrics to choose from, but of course we were looking for upholstery weight, so on to the Home Decor section I went.
I think the problem I have with the home decor fabrics is that most of them are overpriced because of the brand name like Waverly or Robert Allen. And most of the fabric styles are traditional and don’t fit our design style. Therefore we aren’t willing to shell out $20/yard for something we “sort of liked.”
So I found two fabrics under $11/yard that I liked. There wasn’t much to look at since most of the choices I’ve seen every time I visit Jo-Ann’s. That’s another pet peeve.
However, this one above was new to me. It’s designed by the Home Essentials brand. It is on sale online for $7.69. The online photo does not seem to present its true colors. It also 100% cotton.
Kah and I agreed that the coordinating stripe and dot fabric would look excellent in a girl’s nursery. Maybe for the crib bedding or a armchair. I believe these were under $10/yard. It doesn’t seem that this is currently available on Jo-Ann’s Website, but the name on the labels read 45″ Home Essentials CINTRA PANORAMA FAIRY DUST.
Anyway, rather than gripe about Jo-Ann’s choices or lack thereof, we will continue to purchase fabrics online. We’ve had some success with Fabric.com and Warehouse Fabrics and even Etsy. I will soon try Hawthorne Threads, have any of you had success with them before? Please let us know via comments.
Oh and if you had success upholstering with quilting fabrics, drop us a line. Until next time…