Finding the Perfect Fabric for Every Project

As an avid sewer and crafter, I am always on the lookout for great deals on fabric. I love unleashing my creativity with fun, unique fabric, but good quality fabric can get pricey. That’s why I was thrilled to discover the impressive fabric selection available at Hobby Lobby. With a wide variety of fabric types, themes, and prices, Hobby Lobby has become my go-to source for affordable, high-quality fabric. Join me as I share my experiences and helpful tips for fabric shopping success at Hobby Lobby!

The moment I first stepped into the large, brightly-lit fabric section at my local Hobby Lobby, I knew I had found something special. I was greeted by a rainbow of colors and textures filling the many rows of neatly folded fabric bolts. They had everything from quilting cottons to satins, fleece to burlap. I was impressed by both the selection and the low prices.

One of my favorite things about Hobby Lobby’s fabric selection is the variety of fabric types. Of course they carry all of the basics like cotton, polyester, and linen, but I’ve also found more unique fabrics like silky rayon challis, faux suede, or stretch velvet. Whether I’m sewing clothes, home decor, accessories, or quilts, there is a fabric to suit my project.

I was initially drawn to the dizzying array of cotton prints. Being 100% cotton, they are perfect for quilting and apparel. I found tone on tone patterns, bold conversational prints, ditsy florals, and lots of fun novelty prints. They have licensed character fabrics featuring Disney, Dr. Seuss, and super heroes for all the kids’ clothes I love to make.

For garment sewing, I was impressed by the selection of silky polyester knits in solids and prints. Stretchy ponte knits, foil printed spandex, and lush velvets in gorgeous jewel tones inspire me to stitch up something glamorous. Natural fibers like soft linen blends, lightweight rayons, and breezy cotton voiles will be perfect for my summer sundresses.

Beyond apparel fabrics, Hobby Lobby excels at themed and seasonal fabrics. I always pay a visit to this section when planning my latest home decor project. For a baby shower gift, I picked up the cutest Peter Rabbit flannel receiving blanket kit. And you can bet I’ll be back when it’s time to whip up cheery Christmas stockings or pumpkin-printed table runners for fall entertaining.

One tip when shopping the themed fabrics: always check the end caps! That’s where I uncovered charming holiday prints that weren’t with the main seasonal section, like shimmery poinsettia fabrics and Halloween-themed cottons. The end caps also had some irresistible placelmat sets and pre-cut kits that made gift-giving so easy.

Of course it’s not just about the variety – I’m still keen on finding the best bargain when fabric shopping. Hobby Lobby’s regular prices are already very reasonable, starting at around $5.99 per yard for cotton solids or blends. For nicer fabrics like lush brocades or faux fur, prices range from $12.99 to $18.99 per yard.

Where their prices really shine however are the constant deep discounts and sales. They always have a weekly sale advertised in store and online, offering 30-50% off all kinds of crafting supplies including all fabric. For the best deals, wait for the 40-50% off sales which happen frequently. Then stack your savings with a coupon! You can find 40% off any one regular priced item coupons easily online and in their ads.

With some patience and timing, you can snag high quality quilting cottons for as little as $3/yard, or luxe crushed velvets and silky satins for around $6/yard. Now that’s a bargain I can feel great about! Of course all of their prices are per yard and most fabrics can be purchased by the half yard as well, which is fantastic for buying smaller amounts for projects.

While I love a good deal, quality is still important when choosing fabric. Throughout the store, Hobby Lobby carries mostly mid-range to high quality fabrics. I appreciate that they don’t offer the cheapest, flimsy bargain fabrics that snag and wear out quickly. Their cottons have a nice weight and weave, polyesters have vibrant color and soft drape, and wool blends are warm and resilient.

Popular fabric brands I’ve seen frequently stocked include Timeless Treasures, Shannon Fabrics, Maywood Studio, and Hoffman Fabrics for cotton quilting prints. With each visit I notice fun new collections being added. I also look for designer names like Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, and Michael Miller when I’m seeking out something special.

Speaking of new fabric arrivals, the ‘New to the Bolt’ section at the front of the fabric department is a must-browse. This is where I’ve uncovered unique fabric prints and current trending colors that aren’t displayed elsewhere in store yet. Some of my favorites have been dreamy watercolor florals, boho paisleys, and tropical prints perfect for summer sewing.

Of course it’s not always convenient to buy fabric by the yard off a bolt. So I’m thrilled that Hobby Lobby will happily cut fabric to your desired length right there in the store. Simply take the bolt to the counter and let the clerk know how much yardage you need. This makes picking up fabric for smaller projects quick and easy.

I also appreciate that all of their fabrics have care labels noting the recommended washing method and iron temperature. This helps me decide if a fabric is suitable for certain uses or which notions I may need to pick up for care. Speaking of notions, Hobby Lobby offers a thorough selection of sewing notions to pair with my fabric finds – everything from zippers and interfacings, to threads and elastics can be found nearby.

While I prefer selecting fabrics in person, Hobby Lobby also has a nice online fabric shop for convenience when I’m crafting on a deadline. They offer the same great selection and prices, with additional filters that make it easy to drill down to specific fabric types, themes, colors, etc. Yardage can still be customized at checkout. And online orders over $49 ship for free!

The other perk of shopping online is that the website has a handy Hobby Lobby store locator right on the fabrics product page. I simply enter my zip code to see all the locations in my area that stock fabric. It’s been great for scouting new stores when I’m on road trips or visiting family. There are over 850 Hobby Lobby stores across the U.S., so there is likely one not too far from you!

As I’m furnishing my first home on a budget, I’ve fallen in love with Hobby Lobby’s upholstery fabric offerings. They stock a variety of durable but affordable fabrics like cozy chenilles, hand-woven basketweaves, faux suede, jacquards, and tone on tone prints that are perfect for tackling DIY upholstery projects. I can reupholster chairs or stools for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Of course, one of my first stops during every visit is the seasonal fabrics section. Here I can browse fun prints for my next holiday project, while getting inspiration from all the possibilities on display. For Christmas fabrics, they begin stocking flannels, plaids, and more in the late summer. The selection expands in the fall to include festive cotton prints, laces, velvets, and more. The options are truly endless!

I try to shop for seasonal fabrics early, as the most popular prints tend to sell out fast. If you have a specific project in mind, September and October are the ideal times to pick out your Christmas and Hanukkah fabrics. For Halloween fabrics, the selection is usually more limited, so I’d shop September and early October to see everything. The fall harvest fabrics also start arriving in September.

Whenever I purchase fabric, especially for clothing, I always check the attached label for care instructions. Hobby Lobby helps make this easy by including fabric content, suggested washing methods, and iron heat settings on a label on each fabric bolt. This is such a useful reference when I get home and wonder if a project can be washed and dried or needs special handling.

One tip I have is to take a phone photo of the care label attached to the fabric bolt when in the store. That way I have the instructions handy at home when I start my project, in case I forgot to copy down the label or have a question. A quick snap provides all the info I need for keeping my fabrics looking their best.

Hobby Lobby also offers convenient fabric swatch cards near the bolts so you can feel and test small fabric samples. I love being able to see a piece of the actual fabric I’m considering rather than just the tiny printed image on the bolt end. It helps me get a sense of drape, stretch, sheen, and texture before purchasing yardage. The color printed on the card is usually very accurate, but swatches guarantee I’m getting exactly the hue I want.

Browsing the store displays always ignites my creativity and gives me new fabric project ideas. I’ll see a quilt stitched from stunning batiks and envision making throw pillows from the same vibrant prints. Or a sewing pattern display will showcase an elegant dress that has me itching to select the perfect silk to recreate that style. Even just folding through the quilting cottons inspires color combinations for cheery patchwork projects.

And of course Hobby Lobby offers all the sewing and quilting notions I need to complement my fabric finds. I can pick up thread, zippers, elastics, interfacing, rotary cutters…anything required to bring my fabric creations to life. They also sell fun embellishments like ribbons, lace trims, buttons, and appliques to take my projects to the next level.

Being the bargain hunter I am, I always check the weekly ad for the latest coupon offerings before shopping. Fabric is frequently included in the 40% off one regular priced item coupons advertised in the ad each week. Stack this on top of a general sales discount, and you’ve got amazing deals! Around major holidays, the coupon offers are even better.

In addition to weekly ads, Hobby Lobby emails also contain coupon codes valid for a limited time. Around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas I’ve received 50-60% off one item coupons delivered right to my inbox! You can sign up easily on their website. And don’t forget to scour craft and coupon blogs where you can often find Hobby Lobby promo codes.

When considering price, remember that Hobby Lobby’s return policy is very generous. They allow returns with receipt within 90 days, even for cut fabric. This gives me peace of mind that if I end up with extra yardage or a fabric isn’t what I expected, I can get a refund. As long as I have my receipt, I haven’t had any issues returning unused fabric for a full refund.

After many rewarding trips browsing the sprawling fabric department at my local Hobby Lobby, I am hooked. I am amazed at the variety and value they offer compared to other craft stores. With a little patience for sales and coupons, you can build a quality fabric stash without breaking the bank. For any sewing, quilting, or crafting project, Hobby Lobby should be your first stop for all the fabric inspiration and selection you need. Happy hunting fellow fabric lovers!

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