Weekend Find: Butterfly Fabric

This past weekend, I ventured out for the first time in a month in search of fabric.  One of my all-time favorite fabric stores is Home Fabrics & Rugs.  (really this place deserves a post all its own – note to self)  If you don’t have one near you, I’m so sorry; however, I have known people who have FLOWN to a different city to shop at one.  Yes, it is that good.

Why is it so great?  Well, imagine a huge store full of fabrics (many of which are notable manufacturers), where nothing is over $12.99 a yard.  It can be hit and miss, but I stumbled across this, and I was immediately drawn to it.


It is a cotton print, and the colors are vibrant, but not too vibrant.  The butterflies are very well done – interesting yet delicate.  Then I noticed it was a West Elm fabric.


I looked it up, but apparently, West Elm discontinued it.  They used it as an option for one of their Veronica chairs.

west elm

west elm

There is a great color story here!  Do you use these little color dots on the selvage of fabric?  They are so helpful in making sure you are staying on track with a room, especially if you are not confident in your decision making.


The best part of this particular fabric is that it is railroaded, which means the fabric pattern runs horizontally, instead of vertically.  Now if you want to make drapes, railroaded fabric is clearly not a good choice, but for upholstery, it is mwah perfect.  (no seams)


Instantly, I envisioned this fabric on a uniquely shaped settee – something vintage or antique.  Something like this (from Craigslist).

Wouldn’t that be so pretty?  And kind of Anthropologie-esque?  A real statement piece.

I went ahead and bought some yardage of it.  It was too good to resist!  We’ll see what ends up happening with it.

P.S.  If you live in the DFW area, they still have a large bolt of this fabric at the Home Fabrics & Rugs near the Northeast Mall.  

Written by Grace


14 Responses to “Weekend Find: Butterfly Fabric”

  1. Tricia September 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Grace, this is beautiful. LOVE your idea of using it on the settee. What a showpiece!

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:14 am #

      Tricia, thank you! I’m excited about it!

  2. Diane September 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Missed you! So glad u r up and about. We do not have this store here in Mi…however we do have Calico corners!

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:15 am #

      Diane, thank you so much! I’m getting better and better by the day – definitely still building my strength back up though.

      Calico Corners is a nice store, too! You should definitely check out HF&R though if you ever get the chance.

  3. Muffet September 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that fabric! and I have never been in Home Fabrics and Rugs even though I have been right there by it many times! Thank you!

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:16 am #

      Muffet! You MUST go! It is greatness!

  4. Alex September 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Love it and love home fabric and rugs! I’ve had good luck there, but not nearly as good as u with this fabulous butterfly print!

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:17 am #

      Yeah, it can be awesome, or it can just be okay. It’s always worth the trip though. Every once in awhile, they will have double width fabrics which is great for upholstery and extra wide windows!

  5. Jordan G @ The Happy Homebodies September 4, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Thanks for the tip! I need to buy some outdoor fabric so I may have to pay that Hurst location a visit this weekend.

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:17 am #

      Hi Jordan! YES!! Definitely go. I thought their outdoor fabric selection was AWESOME when I was there the other day.

  6. Lindsey September 4, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Love the fabric and your project choice! Thanks for the tip about this store. I live in the mid-cities and have never been there. I see a trip in my near future!

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:18 am #

      Lindsey, oh my word, it is so great! I hope your trip turns out awesome, I’d love to hear what you think when you go!

  7. Emily September 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    This is so beautiful Grace!
    So glad you found it and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
    I love the settee idea.

    • Grace September 5, 2013 at 2:18 am #

      Emily, thank you! I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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