I don't normally go for designer labels. The budget-consious side of me simply will not let myself be won over by a brand name. I do, however, LOVE designer fabrics. (Amy Butler, anyone?) Maybe it's because they're not really any more expensive than normal fabrics. The only problem is that I can never seem to find designer fabrics in fabric stores; only online. And I don't like buying fabrics online. I like to be able to see and feel the fabric before I purchase it. I like being super specific with how much I tell the lady at the cut counter to cut for me (I've been known to have them hold it up for me and show me what 1/2 yard would look like, and so on). I like using the coupons that let you get anything in the store for 40% off. And most of all, I hate paying for shipping and having to wait 4-7 business days before I can start sewing.
Okay, maybe I'm high-maintenance. But I was able to let that all go today. Today I found a site called quilthome.com. It looks like any normal fabric site, and the prices are almost identical to other sites (because apparently someone decided that $8.75 per yard is the golden number for designer fabrics, and they seem to cost that much no matter what site you go to.) But, they do have a huge selection of designer fabrics and if you look at the right side of the page, they have a bar that says "Specials" where you can get fabrics for up to 60% off. These aren't fabrics that are on clearance because they're too ugly to sell, either. The specials change every day. Above that, they have a coupon special that changes daily. They also let you purchase in half-yard quantities.
|I was able to get this fabric for $3.58 per yard (normally $8.75)|
|I ended up saving so much money that I got coordinating fabric ($4.03 per yard) for the same project. I had planned on just going to a fabric store and buying something solid to go with the fabric, but I'm pretty sure this is a better deal.|