I like to do walk-throughs every once in awhile to show you interesting finds or introduce you to new places, but I also think it is helpful because I hear so often from people that they wish they had “the eye” to spot something good. If you have been reading awhile, you know that I love a fruitful trip to Home Fabrics & Rugs. I wrote about my fabric find from HF&R here, and they have stores all over the country. See here for all their locations.
Come on a walk with me…
One thing I noticed on this trip was that they have way more rugs than the last time I was here.
This could be a fun playroom rug. (and all of those colors would help hide kid-ness)
They have everything from more traditional rugs to more contemporary rugs. They carry lots of sizes, and if they don’t have the size you want, I believe it is free shipping to your door.
These jute/seagrass rugs looked like nice quality at fairly affordable prices.
But let’s get to the point…I’m here for fabric. HF&R often carries fabric from stores that have upholstered pieces like West Elm and Pottery Barn, plus you will catch the occasional high-end designer fabric from Schumacher or Brunschwig&Fils. Best of all, their fabrics are usually eight or nine dollars a yard. Yes, you read that right. On this particular trip, I found a couple of pretty Serena & Lily fabrics.
I’m always a sucker for a nice wide stripe. Plus blue.
This one makes me think “al fresco dining”. I imagine this fabric for the drapery, cream colored walls, a long wooden narrow farm table, white slipcovered chairs, and glass vessels filled with ferns for accessories.
If you have a tween girl (or a little one) in your life, I think this fabric would be a really great jumping off point. In case you are fabric challenged when it comes to coordinating patterns and colors, HF&R does display fabrics that would work well together so that is helpful.
There is always a nice selection of outdoor fabrics here.
I just love this simple navy stripe. This fabric is timeless.
This hand stamped look is beautiful, too. It had a nice texture to it. (it is upside down in the photo)
For a powerful punch, this geometric fabric would be awesome on a pair of chairs. The weight and thick weave make it a perfect fabric for upholstery.
An important tip I have for shopping for fabric is to always do the The Fabric Test. When you purchase a fabric, you want to make sure it is durable, well-made, the colors are not going to fade, and it is not going to fall apart. A great way to test a fabric is to rub it vigorously for a few seconds and look at it. If it pills, the color rubs, or it stretches outrageously, walk away. Now the fabric may have a slight pull where you rubbed it, and that is normal. But pilling or color rubbing are major no-no’s.
If you need upholstery foam or pillows (poly and feather), they carry all of that.
And yes, they have trim, but I do wish they would carry embellishments that were a little simpler. I typically use tapes and more simple trims, I’m not very tassel-y and bead-y.
If you need some simple linen panels, they have them at a terrific price. They are not lined so if you want them to be a little fuller and more designer looking, you would have to add that. But still a nice deal all in all. They carry white and a tan color.
We had a nice trip, huh? I do love to look at fabric, it is relaxing for me. And I have a lot of it. : ) I have been sorting things for a yard sale I plan on having on Saturday, and whew, it is hard for me to let go of some of my fabric. Home Fabrics & Rugs is definitely worth the trip, and although I don’t find something amazing every time, my finds are more frequent than failures. Happy Shopping! (and if you find something amazing, I’d love to hear about it!)