Monday, September 5, 2016

Frugal fabric finds

I've been asked several times in the last few weeks how I find such great fabric bargains on eBay. The answer is a combination of some really good search terms and some favorite sellers who are clearing out their stash. 

While searching for the specific types of fabrics I'm interested in (bright, cute, kid-friendly) I often come across fabulous deals on other themes and colors. So while I'm going to keep most of my super secret squirrel methods to myself for now, I thought it would be fun to share some of my miscellaneous finds.

Note that these listings and prices are only valid today, and could be bid up higher or gone completely in the near future. I don't know anything about these sellers and certainly can't guarantee that the fabric is 100% cotton, or that it isn't faded or stinky, etc. But those are the risks I take all the time on eBay and I'm rarely disappointed. Rock bottom prices are worth a little risk, in my opinion!

I'll post a photo from the listing and the current price per yard, including shipping. I happened to be looking at Christmas fabrics today and saw some nice pieces. The great thing about holiday fabric is it really doesn't go out of style and doesn't usually look dated even if it has been sitting in someone's stash for years.

So without further ado, here are today's Frugal Fabric Finds:

5 yds blue Christmas fabric, currently $3.56/yd Same seller as above. Some pretty silver metallics in this batch.

5 more yds from same seller, currently $3.56/yd I liked the stripes in this batch. They are always useful for bindings. 

How about classic autumn colors? This seller has some fabric groupings for $1.50/yard or less right now! If I was in the market for these colors, I'd snap several of these listings right up.

Since it is often tricky for me to get from the boat to a local quilt shop, buying fabric online is a great resource for me. I'm also terribly unfashionable and don't mind past season, non-designer fabric lines. The idea of getting older fabric out of dark, forgotten closets and back into circulation at fire sale prices is pretty appealing, too. How about you? Do you ever buy "used" fabric on eBay, thrift shops or garage sales? 


  1. I have picked up great fabric in thrift shops. I also recycle clothing. Men's plaid 100% cotton are a great source for boy/ men quilts. One thrift store we frequent sale shirts for 50 cents on Wednesday. A X-large man's shirt yields about 2 yards of fabric. Now that's a bargain.

  2. I have been known to go to Goodwill and pick up napkins, sheets or pillowcases to use. The fun is looking to make sure that they are cotton not a blend. It is amazing what you can find if you look hard enough.

    But now 'fess up Louise! Have you gotten "stinky" fabric....tell the truth now!

  3. Louise! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome finds! You should make that a regular feature on your blog and I can guarantee you'll be getting more followers. :) Some of us just don't have time to surf for these great deals so this is appreciated!

  4. Wow! You really scored! Well done! How's that shoulder? XO


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