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Looking For Great, Inexpensive Decorator Fabric?

This weekend, I was searching for some bold fabric for a couple of different projects I’m working on. In my city, we really don’t have a plethora of fabric stores, so my first stop is generally JoAnn Fabrics.

I find myself less and less impressed with their selection of in-stock decorator fabrics–the ones on the long rolls. I could swear that I’ve seen some of those same prints in there for at least 10 years. In fact, I know for a fact that one of the fabrics that I see every time I go in there, I actually bought and used on pillows in 1995. Fifteen years ago!!!

They do have a pretty amazing selection of special order decorator fabrics, especially since they’ve picked up a few new lines lately. But I needed immediate gratification. I didn’t want to wait two weeks for fabric.

That’s when I noticed their pretty well stocked selection of Home Essentials. These are 100% cotton fabrics, and run about $9.99/yard (although right now, they’re on sale for $6.99/yard). They only come in 45″ width, but that’s fine for pillows and other small projects. Check out some of these great patterns:

This one reminds me of one of my favorite Robert Allen fabrics, but at a fraction of the price!!

Aren’t those great?!  It really does seem like they’re adding new ones pretty regularly, because every time I go in there lately, I see one that I hadn’t previously seen.  Sadly, they don’t have all of them on their website.  In fact, my favorite two are nowhere to be found on the JoAnn Fabrics website.  But I took some pictures while I was there.  I was trying to find a fabric that coordinates with the PB Teen striped duvet/sham that is going in this room

I like that last one so much that I’m looking for a place to use it in my tiny condo. I’m thinking maybe in my office…maybe a Roman shade. Hmmm…we’ll see. I have way too many projects to finish in other rooms before I can even give my office another thought!!



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    Ellen
    December 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Do you ever go to Frankly Fabric on Valley Mills? I stopped in there once and was surprised at the nice collection they had.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    December 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Definitely! That's generally my second stop for fabrics. I go to JoAnn first because they generally have sales or I have coupons.

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    Ma Maj
    December 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Gorgeous – I wish I had your gift for decorating:-)

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    Deb @ RoomscapesDecor.com
    December 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Since the closing of Hancock Fabrics (which I LOVED), we only have two options for fabric in town – Joann and a local shop that specializes in decorator fabrics. I always assumed the local spot was much higher-priced, but recently found a toile there priced at $8.95/yd that Joann sells for $16.95. (And then found the exact same thing online at Denver Fabrics for $6.95!) No wonder they can afford to print out those 40%-off coupons like toilet paper – they're charging 50% more than they need to to begin with!

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    EJ180
    December 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I'm a blue girl, I like the second one as well.

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    Brooke
    December 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Love them all, especially the brown and green.

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    Alycia Wicker
    December 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Those are great. I don't think we have a Home Essentials out here, but from the looks of the fabrics, I wish we did 🙂

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    Anonymous
    December 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Does anyone know where to find fabric with really large patterns on it? Like, the kind you see on duvet covers and stuff?

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    December 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    One of my favorite sources for fabric online is fabric.com. The have many great fabrics with big patterns, and their prices are great.

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    PJ @ Home Decor Accents
    December 16, 2010 at 1:03 am

    The blue pattern in the first image would be my first pick.

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    New York Marble
    December 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

    All fabrics are very good. These are decent and simple fabrics. Design is natural and forever!

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    PJ @ Home Decor Accents
    April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The blue pattern in the first image would be my first pick.

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    Ma Maj
    April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous – I wish I had your gift for decorating:-)

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    James Carter063
    April 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi Kristi!! I am glad to read your blog since we have the same interest in life,
    well.. I can help you about it, especially about what is the best things to use, try to check this site, there's a lot of information about
    the best decorating ideas here .. keep it up! 🙂

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