$1/yard Fabric Extravaganza


Yes, you read that right ONE DOLLAR per yard.  When my local quilt shop sent out a sale email stating that their clearance fabric section was going to be $1/yard, I was either sure I had read the email wrong or that they would only have a few bolts in the clearance section.  I still went, but with suspicion in the back of my mind, trying to restrain my excitement.  Boy was I wrong.  They had HUNDREDS of bolts of fabric on sale!  I had my new baby with me, but I also had the stroller, which I loaded up with at least 20 bolts of fabric.  At that point, I started making a stack on the floor as well.  They had several lines that I loved, including Sugar Pop, which I already had at home in a nice fat quarter bundle.  This was definitely the time to stock up on backing fabric.


The cutting lines were long, but SO worth it.  Most of my bolts I finished off because how can you not at $1/yard?  I couldn’t even go to walmart and buy the transparent fabric for that, and this was top quality quilting cotton.  Most of the other ladies were getting measly 1 yard cuts of less than ten bolts.  I still think they were crazy, but they probably thought the same of me!


All said and done, it took me about an hour and a half to get my fabric cut, and I came home with 142 yards of it.  I still find myself thinking that I should have bought just a bit more.  Still, I probably won’t be able to use what I did buy for several more years at least.  I couldn’t even lift the box.  My husband (who was with the kids in the car) had to lift it for me.  I brought the family because, like I said, I just knew I had read the email wrong, and we could go on with our day once I discovered my error.  He was a great sport about it, though, and they just watched a movie in the van while I happily watched my yardage adding up.  He was also great about me spending the money—not a word about it except to congratulate me on such a great deal.  He does know how much fabric normally costs, though, so he was probably happy at the long-term savings, too!



I’ve been back to the quilt shop once since then, and (blush) they remembered me.  I think I bought more than anyone else that day, which again I find hard to believe.  What quilter wouldn’t be making some serious additions to the stash with prices like that?  Normally a person could spend that much on around 10 yards of fabric  plus a few fat quarters.   One thing that I do love about my $1 fabric is that I’ve noticed I’m a bit freer with myself when using it.  I’m not hoarding it like I usually do.  Now, I’m not wasting it, either, but it’s nice to not feel such pressure to find exactly the right project before I cut into it.  That mentality has also spilled over into other areas.  Just this week I pulled two squares from a layer cake—yes, I broke up a set for just two squares!  It wasn’t even all that painful, and I’m honestly pretty proud of myself.


Since I have so much fabric now, my goal for this next year is to pull mostly from my stash for projects.  I hesitate to vow to “only use from my stash” because I know I’ll need to buy solids at some point, and if there’s a gift or something important that needs just the right print (not to mention another killer sale), I’ll be setting myself up for failure because I know I’ll cave.  However, this gives me a reason to start using up what I bought instead of continuing to buy new.


  1. For gorgeous fabric like tgat, Wow! That is an incredible deal!

  2. Wow, impressive! I really love some of those purple prints. That is an amazing deal. I agree with you – I think everyone else was crazy for not buying more. My mom or I would have done exactly what you did. I definitely think you shouldn’t need to buy much new fabric for while. Also, if you wanted hassle, you could probably resell it on ebay or Etsy or something like that for a profit. Etsy allows you to sell materials.

    • You’re right– I could resell it on etsy, but I don’t really want to. I only bought what I liked, so I’d just as soon keep it for myself. I’ve already used quite a bit of it– one quilt back, two yards for a fabric swap, and little bits here and there. Now that I have so much so cheaply, I’m not haning onto it as tightly as I otherwise would.

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