Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shopping For Fabric

Do you have a store that you like to shop at, but it's too far away to get to often? Mary Jo's fabric store is one of those places for me. I live south of Charlotte and Mary Jo's is all the way in Gastonia ~ about an hour drive from my home. I usually end up going to Hancock Fabrics which is closer to me, but they just don't have some of the nice fabrics that I love.

I had been looking forward to going to Mary Jo's for quite some time and finally made it there last Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Here's a row of upholstery fabric. They carry Waverly, Richloom, Braemore and more. Look at all those beautiful fabrics! My head was swimming as I walked up and down the aisles trying to decide what to get.

There are hundreds of different types of cording and trims for upholstery projects. Thank goodness I didn't have to choose from these...my project was just a simple seat recover and a couple of pillows.

There are more ribbons and trims the other side of the store.

Mary Jo's has a huge selection of laces for wedding dresses.

The laces were gorgeous!

This silk taffeta with pearls was so pretty.

 Guess who I thought of when I saw this fabric on the upholstery aisle???? Debbie from Debbiedoos...Blogging and Babbling, of course!

I fell in love with this fabric for my family room. I resisted the temptation to buy it because I needed to focus on one project at a time. Otherwise my craft room will end up with piles of unused fabric. Does anyone else do that, or is it just me?

Here's the pricing of the fabric above. $21.95 was the cheapest that I could find it online, so Mary Jo's is much cheaper.

Here's what I ended up with for my chair(s) makeover and pillows projects.
The striped fabric and the flocked floral were $20.95 a yard. ( I know, ouch!) The fabric on the left was $10.98.
Mary Jo's also has some remnants on the end of the aisles, so definitely check them out.

OK, confession time... I did buy  a 1/2 a yard of each of these Waverly fabrics...I couldn't resist. I'm hoping to make some pillow covers with them at the same time I make the pillow covers for the vintage chairs in my foyer.

Maybe it's a good thing Mary Jo's is an hour away.
What store do you have a difficult time resisting the urge to buy something?



  1. Hi Pam, I love to wander around fabric stores which is funny because I can't sew! Love the fabric you chose.

  2. Wow, talk about a girls dream come true place! No wonder you like it there.....

  3. What an incredible store Pam!! There is a fabric store similar to that about an hour away from me too and I seriously have to hold myself back when I go in there. LOL! I love the fabrics you've chosen and can't wait to see the finished results! :-)

  4. Hi Pammmmmm. What a lovely place even for window shopping.... Like a dreamworld.... I love to be there? the prints of fabric are just greatttt.Oh really enjoy your this post and archive t for more happiness...
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  5. I don't sew but this place looks amazing! I always have a problem resisting the urge to buy at Hobby Lobby.

  6. Pam: I will have to look on the map: how far is Gastonia from Chapel Hill? hmm. My favorite store here is Printers Alley. (actually, in Raleight) Not cheap, but by far the best selection of really nice fabrics. And very helpful sales people. I'm in the market for fabric for an arm chair in the liv. rm. to reupholster. Right now I'm thinking of a great ikat at $21.95/yrd. I know, a bit high, but once you fall in love with a fabric, what can you do???
    Maybe someday we can get together and shop!

  7. Oh, I wish I hadn't seen this post. Seriously! I am planning a trip "eventually" with a friend of mine to the Pottery Barn outlet which I think is in Gastonia, right? If I am correct you have just added another stop along the way. We have been trying to coordinate our schedules for over two months now without being able to find matching days off. We are determined though and this looks like one more store we will enjoy! That ribbon wall is amazing! I am going to have to get the address from you so I can put it in my GPS. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. What a fabulous store! I may have to make a trip out your way!! All that trim, ribbon and lace too! LOVED the Roo's. I have them in my kitchen too! And out in the coop too!!!
    : ) Kris

  9. Hi, Pam! You have great taste in patterns! I especially love the green & white and black & white. Thank you so much for stopping by Bella Nest! I'm your newest follower! -Holly

  10. I swooned when I saw the photos inside that fabric store. Seriously. I wish I could go there. Thanks for stopping by my place and checking things out. I will be following...I like your aesthetic. Hope to see you soon!

  11. Wow I would struggle with all that too! That ribbon area was amazing! It reminds me a bit of our JoAnn Fabrics but it looks like it's larger. I wouldn't know how to upholster anything but those fabrics make you want to jump right in! You fabric patterns you found look great and I know you will make some nice pillows with them.

  12. I like your taste for patterns. I hope I could visit that store as I'd like to add some details for my sofa.

  13. Your information and taste of fabric is fantastic.i liked all the collections in that store and i also started design the fabric with all kind of experience and inspiration.
    Waverly Fabric


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