Feb 8

Where to Get Cheap Fabric?

Question for the masses… I have a few pieces of furniture I am going to reupholster/have reupholstered. {I’m doing the simple pieces myself and the complicated pieces I’m having done professionally.} The only problem is I need really good fabric and I need it dirt cheap {less than $15/yd.} I’m looking for some sort of designer remnant warehouse. Is there anything like this or is this just some mythical magic place I’ve made up in my head. Any suggestions?


49 Comments

  • Amy says:

    The garment district in LA has amazing deals—I got upholstery weight velvet for $7.50/yd. But it might be tricky to get it since you don’t live there :). Maybe you know someone down there?

  • jordan says:

    That is a great suggestion…we may take a quick trip down there one of these weekends. :)

  • Stephanie says:

    Jordan, I have a few ideas for you if you find yourself in Utah in the next short while. Email me if you head into town!

  • H Belle says:

    i’m hitting up Britex downtown today for felt and oil cloth. not sure of the prices yet, but it’s close.

  • jordan says:

    Thanks guys.

    I am familiar with Repro Depot and some of the other online resources.

    Britex is very expensive sometimes I have luck on their remnant floor though.

  • cari says:

    I am so glad you posted this, I just bought an amazing chair at a rummage sale and was wondering the same thing! I will let you know if I discover anything, as well. ..

  • becky says:

    check out this website: http://www.trueup.net/ it’s for all things fabric and she regularly posts sale alerts

  • KimberlyMichelle says:

    Ditto on the garment district in LA. Michael Levine’s interior fabric store has great prices on heavy-duty fabric… usually around $2-$10/yard.

  • Molly W. says:

    The garment/fashion district in LA is definitely worth a trip, SO many great deals to be had.

  • porter hovey says:

    Mood Fabrics in NYC is always great!

  • carmen says:

    Whizbang Fabric in the Mission is going out of business and they have some upholstery left ($10/yd). I’ve also had good luck at the fabric store on Mission Street next to Thrift town on 17th and Mission. There is also Discount Fabrics in SOMA which can be hit and miss unless you want fun fur. Etsy and fabric.com can also be good for deals.

  • Lottie Lou says:

    There is this amazing fabric outlet in MPLS called SR Harris. It’s about the size of a Home Depot with fabric to the ceiling! They have a HUGE selection of upholstery and tapestry fabric. Right now they have a coupon on their website (http://www.srharrisfabric.com) for all upholstery for $5.99/yard.
    I go up there about once a week and could you look for something for you and send you pictures?
    I know that is really random, no big deal if it’s too weird!
    Just to give you an idea, I recently purchased some tapestry fabric to recover some decorative pillows (http://lottieloudesign.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-after-project.html).
    Happy Hunting!

  • jordan says:

    Super helpful. Thank you everyone! I’m going to check out some of these local sources today.

  • jennifer in sf says:

    There’s also Modern Fabrics, they have all designer remnants: http://www.modern-fabrics.com/store/

  • mr.brianahern says:

    Sal-beressi is closed on Mondays. :(

  • ashlynn says:

    I picked my fabric out from an upholster but then went on ebay & found it for $10 for 2 yards rather than the few hundred they charged. I did this with my ottoman.

  • juneshine says:

    Osgoods in springfield, massachusetts!!! Honestly – this place is worth flying east for!

    Love your blog!
    Jayme.

  • jess says:

    home fabrics is great. their website has a list of locations: http://www.homefabricsonline.com

  • Matt says:

    Discount Fabrics on San Pablo in Berkeley has a fairly large upholstery fabric section, if you’re willing to cross the bay… Their patterned fabrics weren’t so great, but if you’re looking for solids, they had a decent selection.

  • Hayley Morgan says:

    mary jo’s in gastonia, nc of all places has a remarkable selection for very cheap. :) lucky for me, i live 30min away!! :)

    http://www.maryjos.com/

  • Jenny says:

    Fabric Guru sells designer remnants. It's worth checking out every few days to see what's new there:

    http://www.fabricguru.com/cart/index.php?target=categories&category_id=26

  • Rachel says:

    It really depends on what you’re looking for, but if you’re interested in modern patterns I would check out Ikea’s fabric section. They have amazing linen/cotton blends that are sturdy enough for upholstery and the prints are so fun and under $10 per yard. Of course, no use at all if you are looking for velvet.

  • Tauna says:

    I love the fabric district here in LA. If you do head down here I have 13 yards of fabric still on the roll that we are selling for $70 total. You’d have to see if you like it. It’s a muted green velvetty fabric with a sheen to it. We were going to reuphoster some couches we thrifed with it, but turned out the wood on the couches was in really bad repair with some complete breaks and not worth it to us. We got the fabric because it was similar to a sofa I bought from Anthropologie once and had to return because it wouldn’t fit through our door and I guess I was still sad about. If you are interested let me know. taunahicken@yahoo.com (Tracy’s old roommate in LA)

  • Grosgrain Kathleen says:

    I’ve looked into buying wholesale from Alexander Henry. He has some good prints.

    The impressive part is that you only have to buy a bolt to get the discount (which is 20 yards).

    You could always sell the remainder on your etsy shop.

    You have to call your local representative to find out the price and whether or not its in stock but I was able to get a print I liked for only $3 something rather than $8 a yard.

    Worth it.

  • Anonymous says:

    http://www.buyfabrics.com/

    knock-off designer fabrics at a cheap price. you can order swatches too.

  • Heather says:

    The Amy Butler decorator weight fabric is a little over your budget…about $17.50/yard, but it’s really fun! You can buy it here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/fabricdetail/4359

  • sierra says:

    there is a discount fabric outlet in berkeley, on the corner of san pablo & ashby.

  • AlisonM says:

    Have you heard of Fabmo? They give away free fabric (I believe designer leftovers) in Palo Alto. I think the next distribution is Feb 19-20. You have to RSVP for an appointment time, but it’s open to anyone. I haven’t actually checked this out in person yet (I’ve been on their mailing list for a while but haven’t made it down there), so I don’t know if the fabric would be big enough for reupholstering. But, free is perhaps worth a shot! http://web.me.com/fabrix/Fabmo.org/Home.html

  • Not Katie says:

    If you have the option, try to get a commercial grade fabric. They’re a little more expensive, but they last longer and wear better. Plus because they’re commercial it means they’ve been fire tested (aka they don’t burn as fast/give off as much toxic fumes if something were to happen to it).

  • megan russell says:

    i get all my upholstery fabric from here, which is local for me: http://www.discountfabricsusacorp.com/index.html

    they offer free shipping to the US, and some great deals.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am hoping to check this out soon. Not sure if the deals are good but might be worth a visit.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/17/HOAQ1533SC.DTL&type=homeandgarden

  • Karen says:

    Purl Soho is a great resource (already mentioned previously) and J Caroline Creative has some fun prints.

    I’ve been obsessed with that Antwerp chair, it’s amazing! I bought fabric from Anna Maria Horner (http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/) called Sketchbook that looks similar, to reupholster a chair from Craigslist. It turned out so cute! Check it out.

  • k e n d r a says:

    gray line linens has amazing upholstery weight linen for about $11 a yard. and you can order a swatch card for a couple of bucks to look at real colors. i love linen on upholstered pieces- it wears so beautifully.

    http://www.graylinelinen.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=Warsa

  • bex says:

    britex is going to have a big president’s sale next week. i’ll email you details.

  • Andrea says:

    http://www.designerfabrics.ca – AND it’s in Canadian dollars, so it’s cheaper than it looks!

  • Anonymous says:

    I got some amazing antique upholstry fabric on EBay for $8 a yard! It smelled like smoke but came out after a dry cleaning.

  • Perfect Heirlooms says:

    fabricguru.com has great fabrics. Check out their clearance fabrics, plus shipping is ultra reasonable.

  • Anonymous says:

    From today’s Washington Post:

    Haute, a fabric and trim store that sells high-end material at reduced prices, has moved from Middleburg to Marshall, in Fauquier County, and is having a sale to celebrate its new location (8393 W. Main St.). Fabric that can cost $100 to $300 a yard is usually sold at $25 to $35 a yard. Now, owner Roxene Hill is charging $15 a yard through Feb. 21.

    For more information, call 540-364-1221.

  • CountryMouse says:

    I love fabric guru too. You should also try fashion fabrics club- you have to search around a lot but there are some good things for upholstery:

    http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/default.aspx

  • Kate@ Kids and Cocktails says:

    Does anybody have a clue who the floral fabric on this chair is buy? I know it’s old, but I love it.

  • Kristen says:

    I just read online about a company that will print custom fabric for you: http://www.spoonflower.com if you don’t find anything at any of the other sites.

    I haven’t used it so I can’t give it a review but I’m definitely intrigued.

    IKEA also has some fun graphic prints. Good luck!

  • Anonymous says:

    I just found a great place to get fabric, either by the bolt or yard
    VERY< VERY, inexpensive! Tons and tons of ALL kinds of fabric. I actually found swimwear material for 1.65, 2.25 a yard and so on. Just check it out, it's amazing!
    Fabricmaster.net
    Sherry

  • Anonymous says:

    Try warehousefabricsinc.com. They have tons of drapery and upholstery and the prices are great. I have never found a selection or prices like they have anywhere else. I am addicted! LOL

  • Anonymous says:

    There is a great fabric store called Les Fabriques in Charlottesville, Virginia that carries some upholstery fabric. I think they have cut back on that department and gone more for designer fashion fabric. However, they may have some really good sales on what they have left in house. You should check them out.

    http://www.lesfabriquesinc.com

  • melanie says:

    jordan,
    i came across your blog today as i have been searching for fabric too. one question…where did you find that chair and it's fabric?? i love that image!

    thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    Have you guys heard about walmart? You can get fabric as cheap as a dollar, and i don't know the highest prince i have seen. But walmarts are every where, and are real cheap.

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