1 All About All About Fabrics

A couple weeks ago, my mom and I went on a very dangerous field trip--a very dangerous field trip for fabric junkies like us, that is. Once a month, a mill near Greenville opens its doors and sells a little bit lot of this and a little bit lot of that. No offense, mom and dad, but I'm probably going to plan my trips home based on this mill's schedule rather than your schedules from here on out. This place is like crack for crafty-nester-DIY types, and I'm afraid I'm going to need another fix pretty soon.

Oh, and if you're wondering whether that "All About All About Fabrics" title was a typo, it's not. This fabric-lovers' mecca is called All About Fabrics, and well, I'm here to tell you (and show you with a bazillion pictures) all about All About Fabrics. Duh.

From the minute you walk into this place until the minute you walk out, you're pretty much just overwhelmed. At least if you're a crazy, crafty fool like me, that is.

And if I had music on this here blog, I'd cue up "The Work Song" from Cinderella right now, otherwise known as "Cinderelly, Cinderelly." You know, the song where Gus the mouse sings, "I'll cut with the scissors!" and Jack the mouse sings, "and I can do the sewing!" And then my favorite part when the little girl mouse sings: "Leave the sewing to the women. You go get some trimmin', and we'll make a lovely dress for Cinderelly!" 

Okay, I'll stop that now. Promise.

Anyway, All About Fabrics is a misnomer because this place is all about a lot more than fabrics. Check out these children's chairs. I heart children's chairs. (In fact, I'm now inspired to do an entirely separate post on children's chairs and all the fun things you can do with them. It may be a while though because I've got several sewing-related posts that I need to finish first!)

I did not check out the prices on these little chairs because I already have more of them than my child-free (unless you count me, of course) house should have, but judging by the prices of everything else at this place, I cannot imagine that they would break the bank.

Ooh, and tables! So many of the same table. What is it about a collection of something that just gets me going? 

Okay, it's time to check out some fabrics now. The first room of this warehouse is filled with rack after rack of roman shades. 

Okay, they're pretty random and not completely my style, but I loved some of the patterns and several of them inspired me to mentally decorate my very own imaginary vacation home!  

See the red/natural striped one below?

Here's a close-up. I think it would look perfect in my imaginary vacation home.  

Oh, and you want to know the price of these shades? $15.00 a foot. That's a deal because I'm pretty sure if I tried to make my own roman shades, it would just end up looking like I'd tacked a bed sheet on the window, college style.

I told y'all I love collections of things. So you better believe I was mesmerized by the bins of zippers and buttons and the walls of tassles and ribbons and cording.

I LOVE rick rack! (And you just wait 'til I show you what mom and I did with some darling rick rack a couple of weeks ago! Another post, of course.) 

Yes, iron-on alphabet soup, except I could only find these four letters: C, A, N, and D. Any ideas about the origins of these letters? Maybe they were supposed to order B instead of C, you know, for the BAND, so they had to throw the whole batch out? That's my guess, and I'm sticking with it.

Wow. I just realized that I haven't even gotten to the good fabric-y parts yet. Yay for my you, my 6 or 7 readers! (It's embarrassing how much fun I'm having just writing this post. It's like I'm reliving the amazing day of my life when I spent two hours looking at odd bits and pieces of crafty crap. I love crafty crap. The possibilities!) 

These attractive zippered pillow covers were just $5.00 a piece.

And oh my, the buttons. THE BUTTONS! 

Umm, yes, you know we filled a zip-loc bag full of buttons for $5.00.  AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE DID WITH THEM! (Sorry, another post.)

Okay, so everything that I've just shown you was contained in the first room of this giant warehouse, which seems to go on and on and on. And I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but after you leave the first room, you just keep walking through arched doors into room upon room filled with row upon row of roll upon roll of fabric. Holy silk and cotton-spinning gods! I was in heaven and mentally decorated two or three imaginary vacation homes. Unless this here blog takes off by some sort of miracle, I think those vacation homes are going to stay imaginary, but that's cool.    

Looking for denim? They've got it. In every shade actually.

Literally. In every shade.

Or stripes? Yeah, they've got that too. And polka dots. And toile. And gingham. And every other pattern under the sun. 

Like I said, row upon row of roll upon roll of fabric. You name it, and I bet you could find it: think linen, velvet, sunbrella, ticking, burlap, leather, pleather, microfiber, silk, and even something called bengaline. (What the heck is that? All I can tell from the sign is that it comes in regular and a "moire" version. Hmm.) 

Yay for measuring charts! And don't laugh, but I sort of want to frame one of these and hang it in my house. You know, just as a reminder of all the possibilities that our furniture has to offer.

And now for my favorite part: the remnant room! It's like the clearance rack at T.J. Maxx or the bargain bin at K-Mart. You just never know what you're going to find, and if you only need a couple yards of fabric for a project, then this is the place to start your search.

The remnant room is also home to a whole lot of odds and ends. Like dish towels for a dollar each.

Or tattoos for your towels. (Because your parents are sure to like a tattoo on a piece of terry cloth a lot better than one on your skin!)

How about some damaged camo overalls? Yep, you can find those here, too.

Or stencils and beads.

And old school receiving blankets. How cute would it be to wrap a baby gift in one of these instead of in a paper bag or box?

You need thread? Look no further.

And I fell in love with tulle. Seriously. Think dog and baby tutus. I'll show you my first effort in another post.

Although my mom and I did not pick up any fabric on my inaugural mill trip, we did pick up a few sewing notions, including some pinking shears and a few stencils. I'll show you what we did with our loot in another post.

And for those of you who are curious about prices, the fabric at the mill ranges from roughly $2.50 a yard to $6.50 a yard for decorator prints. A few of the specialty fabrics may be a bit more expensive, but in all, the prices are insane. And yes, the next time your decorator wants you to pay $65 a yard (or much more), you might want to think twice!

As for the remnants, you pay by the pound, hence this old-timey scale. If I remember correctly, I think it's a couple bucks per pound.

Here are a few more things you'll find in the remnant room:

A treasure chest filled with . . . knitting needles. The largest knitting needles I've ever seen actually. Are large knitting needles akin to large-print paperbacks?

And what does every owner of giant knitting needles need more of? You guessed it: yarn.

Another trunk filled with . . . fabric paints. These were $3.00 each. 

Oh, and see the Oriental Jacquards? I'm not even the least bit ashamed to say that my first thought upon seeing these shiny prints was just how adorable Zelda would look in a tiny dog kimono. Are you with me or what? We already have our Halloween costume for this year, so maybe next year. It'll be a toss-up between the tiny dog tutu I plan to make or the tiny dog kimono . . . .

Whew, are you worn out from all of that? If you've read this far, then you must have a bit of fabric junkie in you, too, right? Now, let's see what kind of projects I can come up with to justify another trip to this crafty slice of heaven. Any ideas?


Elizabeth M. said...

So fun! I would come home with so much crap. I would be in TROUBLE!

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