When In Doubt, Buy Three Metres (or Yards)?

This is another really good question that I get asked from time to time! When you’re buying fabric with no specific purpose, how do you decide how much to buy?

When I don’t know what I’m going to make, I know that 3 yards or metres will usually cover me. When in doubt, I buy three metres.

Unless I know it’s going to be a smaller item, like a blouse, then I’ll only get 2 yards or metres. 3 yards is my go-to amount unless I’m picturing it as a huge garment, like a long dress with a gathered skirt or a long coat, then I’d maybe get four. It’s not very accurate but that’s what I do!

fabric shopping on holidays - fairly restrained, I think!

(fabric bought on holiday last summer)

I also save the PDF envelope backs of my patterns to my phone, that way, I have them in the iBooks and can reference the fabric requirements when I’m out. (You can find the PDF envelope backs in the pattern store here, with both metric and imperial measurements!)

However, I am all right with having extra fabric, because I’ll either use it for facings and small pieces, or donate it to the high schools. So it’s never truly going to waste.

And if I’m about to buy something very expensive, I’ll do a better job of figuring out what to buy, by comparing it to similar patterns. Go to the pattern section of the store and look for something that’s close enough to what you want to make. Or, I will limit myself to making something I know the requirements for, like one of my own patterns.

eyeglass print

(I did not buy three metres of these lovely fabrics – too pricey! I was smart and bought closer to what I actually need)

It may not be the most accurate guide, but that’s what I do! Three metres is my go-to amount for when I don’t know what I’m going to do with the fabric. It will cover a full-skirted dress, or a blouse and a skirt, or a long sleeve blouse, and leave me plenty for testing or to re-cut if I make a mistake. I err on the side of too much fabric, because there’s often no going back to get more!

What do you do when you see the perfect fabric but have no idea what it’s going to become?

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73 Responses to When In Doubt, Buy Three Metres (or Yards)?

  1. Caffy Bundy February 18, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I always buy 3 metres! I know exactly what you mean….

    I have got a massive pile of excess fabric that I eventually hope to pop into quilt, hahaha.

    You never know, maybe on day I might use all my over-spent fabric and sell some items instead of keeping everything for myself… muhahaha

    Bundana

    http://www.bundana.blogspot.co.uk

  2. T February 18, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    I have a list of my favourite patterns in my wallet, where I made little sketches of the style and the required length of fabric. Whenever I’m not sure, what I want to make I consult the list and then I know how much fabric to get. Most often I buy 1.5 meters, but occasionally, when I really like the fabric, I buy up to 5 meters.

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      That’s a good idea as well. You know that no matter what, you’ll be able to sew up one of your favourite patterns!

  3. Gwen February 18, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    I used to always agonize over this. And I usually ended up buying way too much, “just to be safe.” That can get expensive!

    Finally I got an idea and typed a bunch of those tables on the back of pattern envelopes into spreadsheets and calculated how much fabric to get for different styles of garments, in different sizes and for 2 fabric widths. It was a lot of work, but now I have reference cards that I carry with me, and I can usually do a pretty good job of estimating how much fabric to buy. :)

    If you would be interested, I’d be happy to host a give-away for your readers. :)

    http://www.gwynhug.com

    Just let me know!

    All the best,
    Gwen

    • Claire (aka Seemane) February 18, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      Tasia – I love Gwen’s cards – I bought the digital version a little while ago for my Android Smartphone too as I lost the “real” cards some time last year :( (no I can’t loose them LOL!).

      • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:34 am #

        Great to hear – the digital version sounds like a great idea because like you said, it’s impossible to lose!

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      What a great idea – reference cards! Do you find you have a lot less leftover fabric once you started using the cards? Sent you an email as well :)

    • Vanessa February 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Yes! I love these cards and am so happy they’re in a format I can’t lose now. But when I don’t know what I’m making, I usually buy three yards. Must be a magic number.

    • Sophie-Lee February 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      Ahh the picture of the lady on your website totally sums up the attitude of fabric shop owners – so busy and they just do not have the TIME or the cares to wait for you to umm and ahh about how much to get.

  4. Caffy Bundy February 18, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    PS. You can always make accessories if you happen to over-buy on the fabric front… Retro hairs bits and bobs!

    I even made a Kindle Cover HD Cover over the weekend and I am now buying more of the fabric to make a skirt! Wish I’d just bought my usual 3 metres in the first place!

    Bundana x

    http://www.bundana.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket February 18, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Super helpful! I’m in transition from strictly quilting to making clothing for myself, and I still find it hard to just purchase large amounts of fabric. So far, when making clothes, I’ve only purchased fabric when I had a pattern in specifically picked out. I’m so happy to know how much yardage is usually a good guess. Do you buy a different amount when dealing with wider fabrics? Around here, I can buy fabrics that are about 44″ wide, selvedge to selvedge; or I can buy fabrics with larger widths, something closer to 60″, selvedge to selvedge. Do you purchase smaller amounts with the wider fabrics?

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I use 3 metres/yards as my default amount for both 45″ and 60″ fabric – unless, I’m thinking it would make a great full-skirted dress, then I would go higher on the 45″ fabric. It also depends on what types of garments you like to sew – do you like pencil skirts, or full skirts? Long sleeved tops, or sleeveless tops?

      You might like this article that Alissa linked to in the comments – http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/06/how-i-estimate-yardage.html

  6. Vicki Kate February 18, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    3m is my default amount too! Although I’ve just ordered our of a print I’ve been hunting for years so that I have some extra insurance. If I don’t need it I’m gonna frame it!

  7. Nadia Lewis February 18, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    I sew vintage 1950s so 4 m is my default.

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Makes sense, if you’re making full-skirted vintage dresses they often call for a lot more fabric!

  8. Stephanie February 18, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    I always get 2 metres, personally, but it’s b/c I’m very short (152 cm) so 2 m is more than enough for a long, sleeveless dress. Obviously if I’m making, like, a peacoat, then it’s another story!

    • Sophie-Lee February 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      I always buy 2m and I’m 178cm! I think I just don’t have that much money and have traditionally skimped on fabric price (I’m trying to remedy that to buying QUALITY) and I could always fit 2 or 2.5. It would usually be enough for a dress with gathered skirt

  9. Jessica February 18, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    I typically also purchase 3 yards when in doubt! Though, more specifically, 3 yards of a woven fabric. My default amount for knits is 1.5 to 2 yards.

    These days I’m working on not purchasing fabric without knowing exactly what I’m going to use it for…though sometimes a special print just catches my eye and I cannot resist!

  10. Diane @ Vintage Zest February 18, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    That’s is exactly what I do! For dresses, 3 yards unless I know I want a border print, contrasting stripes, etc. I’ve gotten away with much less fabric yardage than the pattern layout map suggests, so if it is a particularly expensive fabric, I just go with the minimum 3 yards.

    Actually, what I do is maybe a bit geeky, perhaps? I looked for a phone app, which exists but crashes and is a bit buggy. So, what I did is make a photo album with the front of each of my patterns (I don’t have too, too many) and the back of the pattern. That way, I have exact photographic evidence of yardage, notions, etc. while I’m out on the road and see a fabric I like.

    I can write up a quick post on my blog if anyone is interested to see. :)
    http://vintagezest.blogspot.com

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      That’s a great idea too, to make a photo album! My PDFs save in iBooks, but that only works if there is a PDF copy available. I use Dropbox too for when I want access at home, work and on the go, but I haven’t done it with pattern envelopes. That’s a brilliant idea to remember what patterns you own too. People with larger pattern collections would avoid buying similar patterns to ones they own, and not forget the ones that are out of sight!

    • Claire (aka Seemane) February 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      The album thing is a good idea – for apps use Evernote (works on iPhones and other smartphones) there’s a free version of it too. You can tag notes and insert photos/PDFs which you can view without having to click to open the attachments :)

  11. Stephanie February 18, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    This is a GREAT article and something I’m SURELY going to keep in mind when shopping for fabric!!!! I also will look for fabric that is on sale/clearance so I can get more for the money I spend!!!!

  12. Jenny February 18, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Like most others, I usually buy 3 yards of anything. Unless I know I’m going to use a fabric for a blouse, then I’ll buy 2 yards.

  13. Susan February 18, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Yep, pretty much just as you said — 3 yds by default, sometimes 2 if blouse or knit, on rare occasions 4 if I’m thinking of a fabric-hog pattern. :) I almost always end up with a bit extra (sometimes more than a bit), but I either use it for something else or donate it.

  14. Marie February 18, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Ditto Tasia, 3m is my go-to amount when I love a fabric and hope to make a dress out of it. Because I’m pretty short though, I find that I often get away with 2m, so it depends on how pricey said fabric is ;o)

  15. Kate February 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    reading the comments I realise I am quite a tightwad !
    I usually have an idea in mind when I by some fabric, or choose what to do with an unexpected beautiful piece before buying it !
    So I usually purchase 130 cm for a top with long sleeves or a pair of pants. I often buy pre cut pieces of liberty fabric of just 70 cm for sleeveless tops. The only time I buy more it is when the store offers 3m coupons for 15 euros ! The good part of it, is that it makes my hobby unexpensive, the downside is that I can’t change my mind because I have a limited quantity of fabric and I usually buy it abroad so there ‘s no going back in the shop to get some more, sad…
    The only advise I would give is : don’t look at the Burda patterns in the store if you don’t want to buy more than you need.

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Nothing wrong with buying what you need! You probably have a lot less in your scrap bin than many of us. It’s great that it saves you money and forces you to be creative. And then if you did want to splurge and buy more fabric, it’s a treat rather than a frequent indulgence!

  16. Sally February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I usually buy 3m too unless I know it will be something for my daughter, in which case I’ll just buy 1 or 2. I’d much rather have too much than not enough. Its trims that get me – I’m making something at the moment that needs the edges binding and I’ve had to go back to the shop three times to get enough of it, even after I though I had worked it out right!

  17. Jeanne Marie February 18, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    If I don’t know the exact pattern, but I think it will be a dress, my go-to length is 4 yards because I’m tall and A-lines are more flattering. But I have the (expensive and a little buggy but worth it to me) Sewing Kit app on my phone, where I have my patterns, so if I have an exact pattern in mind, I can buy a more precise amount. I always add 1/2 a yard to whatever is on the pattern envelope, though. Adding a couple of inches to several pieces can start taking up serious yardage.

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      I’m the opposite, I’m usually chopping a few inches off the bottom of the pattern so that could be why I am frequently ending up with more leftover than I expected!

      I agree with buying more so I can make A-line or fuller silhouettes – it’s good to know the type of styles you like to sew and wear!

  18. Rosemary February 18, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I buy 3m when i don’t know what i want to do with it. However, this has got me into trouble and my mum is now having to store huge amounts of fabric for me, while i work away.

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Haha, oh no! If you are always ending up with extra that can take up a lot of space – maybe you can reduce your default amount to 2 or 2.5!

  19. K-Line February 18, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I recently posed this question on my blog. I’ve been in the camp of buying the exact amount the pattern calls for. Since I’m small(ish), that’s generally more than I need but the overage is never enough to do anything with – but too much to throw away.

    Recently, I gave away scraps via Craigslist. It was easy and I didn’t waste the bits.

    In future, I’ve decided to buy 3 yards of everything (unless pattern calls for much more or less). I did that recently, and I’ve got an extra piece of fabric I can actually use for something else. Given that I love the fabric, that’s good. If I end up with scraps at the end, now I know how to recycle theml

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      I’ve thought of that, giving away scraps via Craigslist so I’m glad to hear it was easy to do! I’ve been giving mine to high schools when I do high school presentations, I usually ask if they’re interested and so far it’s been easy to give it away that way too. (Plus some of them have mentioned budget cuts, so I’m happy to do something that could help keep the home ec programs going, even if it’s just a tiny thing..)

      I know what you mean about ending up with smallish bits that are too small to be useful, but too much to count as garbage scraps. Probably because we can improve on the cutting layout in the pattern and don’t need that extra allowance.

  20. alissa February 18, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I had this same question a while ago and then LiEr at Ikat Bag did a post on how she estimates yardage: http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/06/how-i-estimate-yardage.html

    I found this post quite helpful, as she boils down and explains several pattern and fabric scenarios. Now I understand the thought process/concept and don’t constantly need to have written information with me. I highly recommend reading her post!

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks for sharing the link! Good tips about buying the length. It sounds like what my mother’s recommendations – twice your length, just the length, etc..

  21. Sew Little Time February 18, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    i go for 3m. as i’m tall and lengthen everything, i often buy what the pattern says in yards in metres to give me that bit extra (depending on how the pattern is laid out on the fabric). if it’s for a top i would go for 1.5m or sometimes 2m if i know it is for a long sleeved top – sleeves always take loads more than i anticipate! but ideally i try to buy fabric for specific projects, or remnants (where the size is fixed). or else thrifted where you take what you can get!

  22. TriMama February 18, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I’ve been sewing long enough that I now know, fairly accurately, how much it takes to make myself a pair of pants (1.3m), a top (1-1.5m) or a dress (2-3m). When in doubt, I’ve been known to unroll a section of fabric from the bolt and hold it up to myself to figure out what length to buy. If the fabric is narrow (45″ or less) of if I’m picturing something with a lot of ease, then I double the length. I’ve gotten some weird looks doing this though!

    • Tasia February 18, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Ha, I bet! I do that with fabric too, I’ll ‘try it on’ by draping it around me, to see what the fabric looks like in a full garment. It works well if you’re planning a large garment, like a full-length dress or a full skirt, and want to know if the print or colour is too much in a large garment!

  23. Jan A February 18, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I am also a member of the “3 Metre Club”, especially when Fabricland has Buy 1, get 2 free Metre sales. I live in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC and Fabricland is our only store of choice. I have not ventured to online sales, yet.

    When I have scraps leftover, I bag them up and take it to the local Community Living Association to use for projects.

  24. Heartofstone February 18, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    If I’m just buying fabric for my stash I always buy 3 meters, unless I reeeeally like it and the price is reasonable, then I buy 5 meters. That way I’ll have lots left over to make other things with it. If the fabric is expensive I only buy the amount that I need for my project.

  25. Allynara February 18, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I’m with you on the three metres! I used to buy 2 metres for a dress, but when I started sewing, it did happen that I cut something wrong or made a mistake and I had to do that piece all over again. With 2 metres I didn’t have enough for if I made a mistake. With three, I’m always able to make another. Even though I don’t make these mistakes anymore, I stil buy three metres, just to be safe. And if I don’t use it, I can usually make another dress out of it, since I mostly use about 1,5 metres (I’m petite: 1m55).

    Oh, what I said above, applies for my ‘cheap’ stash: usually anything in range from 1€ ’till €7. If I’m buying fabric that’s more expensive, I just buy the yardage I need: usually 1,5m for dresses, 1m for skirts and tops. I don’t buy a lot of it, because of the cost and because I always make a muslin or 2before I cut into my good, expensive fabric.

  26. Funnygrrl February 18, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    I generally buy fabric for specific projects in specific amounts. Otherwise I default to 4m. Used to be 3m but I’m tall and full figured so its bit me in the past.
    I stuff pillows with my scraps. Love the suggestion of giving them away to crafters. I’ll look into that.

  27. Sandra February 18, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I use to only buy for the pattern, but lately 2m has been my default amount, unless I know I will be making a full dress or long sleeve something!. I have been thinking about taking photos of my patterns and creating a library on my iPhone so I have a reference when shopping, but I haven’t quite got there yet. The plan is to take a photo of the front and back of the envelope then create them into one PDF file so I can store in my iBooks. Love my iPhone :-) Great to hear what others buy.

  28. Jennifer February 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    PDF saved to iBooks, brilliant!

  29. Leith February 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I have the sewing kit app on my phone with all my patterns loaded on to it. Including the pattern pictures and fabric requirements. Very handy. I also carry a small measuring tape with me so I can measure what length I need. If unsure I go for 2.5-3m.

  30. Pauline February 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I tend to buy 2 meters when I don’t have a specific project in mind: I find it’s enough for a full-skirt dress which is my go-to pattern. If really love a fabric, I might get 3 meters or more and hope to get 2 projects out of it.

  31. CDL February 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Tasia,
    Check out this website! Great cards for how much fabric to buy.

  32. CDL February 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    http://gwynhugs.com/

  33. Seraphinalina February 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I have the same ballparks as you. 3m if I have no idea but a dress is possible, 2m if I am picturing a blouse.

  34. Annabelle February 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    That’s my rule of thumb and I was always curious if others did the same. At one point I thought about posting this very same question on my blog – but I’m glad you did it, since you have a lot more readers (and commenters) than my blog.

    At first I used to always buy 5 yards because I thought every piece of fabric was going to become a 1950′s full-skirted dress. With the cost of fabric, and the fact that it wasn’t practical to make all 1950′s dresses, I quickly changed to the 3 yard rule :)

  35. Rebekah February 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I would really like to see that hot air balloon fabric made into clothes! Plese post pics when you get around to it!

  36. Gaby February 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Haha yes, 3m is also my go-to number!

    I’ve also got some ‘Notes’ on my phone with the generic amounts required (for both 112cm wide and 150cm wide fabric) for: shift dress, full-skirted dress, men’s shirt (long sleeve and short sleeve) and skirts. This way if it’s expensive fabric I can get closer to the actual required amount :)

  37. Abi February 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    3m is my default. I know I can get a circle skirt out of 3m, with enough left over for a bodice if it is to become a dress. Since I’m mostly live in cotton skirts, it has always served me well. If it’s a pricier fabric, I get 2m, which I know makes a dirndle or A-line style skirt.

    When I worked at Tessuti Fabrics, we had a handy list of typical garments and how much fabric was required for 115cm/150cm wide. It generally worked by the length (so skirt or trouser length) which was super helpful. I wish I’d taken a copy before I left, as I get asked this question so often by my students.

  38. Catherine Daze February 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    I usually buy two metres these days unless I’m making a dress with long sleeves when I might buy three. I prefer very slim styles though – I almost never make anything with a big skirt. Somehow I still end up with piles of leftovers. I was surprised last night when laying out a long sleeved dress on 2.5m of fabric to find I had enough to make the floor length view on the pattern. Must have been extra extra wide fabric.

  39. Nina February 19, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Personally I usually go for two metres, sometimes just one – it’s surprising what you can squeeze out of that. My dad’s side of the family is Tamil (from Sri Lanka), and my great-grandmother never wore western clothing – she wore a full sari every day of her life. A sari is 6 yards long. She travelled a lot, and if she was in a part of the world where saris couldn’t be bought, sometimes she bought yardage instead. So her go-to amount was always at least 6 yards! My grandmother mixes saris and western dress, but she has also always automatically bought 6 yards. Which means my sister and I don’t have to fight too much over the incredible vintage stash – we can each have 3 yards of everything!

  40. Shelly February 19, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Generally the fabric will tell me if I will be making a dress so buy 3m depending on the width – a narrow fabric I will get more, then if I change my mind and decide to make a blouse I will have more than enough and I’m OK with that. What’s left can always be used for something. If I know it will be a top I will buy accordingly.

  41. Vernelle February 19, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Excellent advice. How many times are we in a fabric store and a certain piece just calls our name. We can’t resist and simply MUST have it. You buy the fabric, waiting for it to tell you what it wants to be. Two or three months later, it comes to you but you don’t have enough fabric to pull it off. Chances are if you have 3 yards, you can use a contrast or complimentary fabric for the facings and inside pieces, but less than 3 yards will leave you searching through your pattern stash for an alternative. Go ahead an spend the money. The idea will come.

  42. Dale February 19, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I usually will buy 2.5 meters of fabric if it is close to 150cm wide.
    Jacket fabric though, at least 3m.

    Also a HUGE congrats on having THREE patterns selected as Best Patterns of 2012 on Pattern Review. A glowing testament to your fantastic pattern line!

  43. Hazel February 19, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I never have a set amount that I buy but I’m terrible for either under or over buying! Working in a fabric shop you do kind of come up with a formula for what’s needed for each garment, as you’re asked all day long, but when it comes to shopping for me I completely abandon it! Quite often I’ll buy for a dress then get home and think no that’s a top fabric or vice versa. And other times I just over-buy if the fabric is too good not to!

  44. June February 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Just saw the PR Best Pattern winners – congrats! So nice to see your smiling face for so many entries, including the top two!

  45. Trisha February 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Since I’m usually buying knit fabrics that are 60″ wide or wider, my default is 1.5 yards. I can cut just about any knit top from that. And since I prefer slimmer dresses that are sleeveless or have small sleeves–1.5 yards will usually be enough.

  46. Sarah February 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    This is pretty much my go to amount as well. 3 (or sometimes 4) m for a dress or a skirt (I like my skirts ruffly, haha), and usually 1.5 for a blouse, although I usually have oodles left over from any of these, because I always over guess. But that just means I can make a shirt to go with my skirt, or a tote bag to compliment my dress, or contrasting trim for something. Too much is always preferable to just barely not enough!

  47. Mary February 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Congratulations on your wins, over at PR!
    Mary

  48. Truly Myrtle February 20, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    You’re a sensible lady. I keep just buying 1.5m and then finding I’ve not got enough. I’m going to double it for a while :) I love the idea of using the excess for facings on other things. Great idea.

  49. Sewing Sveta February 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    3 meters are too much for me, I think. I have some list with some meterage – like for wide skirt I need 2 lengths etc. Also I usually buy some remnants on sale so they didn’t have 3 meters%))

    So usually this is 1,5 m with wide 1,5m or 2m. Or is I want some simple skirt or sleeveless top – 1m.

  50. Ellen February 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Having just gotten back into sewing after 20 yrs , lots of good info to save me money!
    Thanks ladies! By luck I sent off the hubby on his latest business trip asking for 3 m.
    of something lovely and foreign!

  51. Ellen February 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Just noticed its your birthday….hubby’s too! Happy
    birthday to you!
    Should have told him to bring 6m, 3 for me and
    3 for you :)

  52. Sarah February 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I know phone apps have been mentioned, but I’ve found that Fabric Locker is pretty good for $2 to have a quick reference to your pattern stash if you are out and about and spot a treasure! It’s not perfect but it’s quick and portable. I’ve written about it on my blog at this post:
    http://fabrictragic.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/spotlight-treasure-plus-fabric-locker.html

  53. Patricia February 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    I usually buy 3 metres as a default as well. Sometimes you find yourself on a trip and you are able to find an AMAZING fabric store overseas that has things you could not buy at home. My mind set is that you won’t be able to go back necessarily so it is better for you to buy more rather than less.

  54. tania January 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I have been collecting fabrics from all over the world on my travels over the past 10 years. I never had a house or time to do anything with them- but i knew i loved them! Now we just moved into our first house and I bought a staple gun! I have covered all our furniture with the fabrics!- sofas covered in Indian sarees, chairs with zambian chitengas, cushions from every country i’ve been too, table cloths, even the TV now has a cover from Kenya :)
    Now Im going to start making clothes with the rest.. just have to get myself a sewing machine :)

  55. Lyric July 12, 2014 at 5:09 am #

    Looking at some fabric right now @ eBay and was wondering. Sew glad you shared your method.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    http://www.sewcroandquilt.wordpress.com

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