Published on June 29th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe6
Fab Fabric: Upholstery Samples
We’re huge fans of second hand fabrics over here. We love scouring thrift stores and estate sales or rifling through rummage bins for fabric remnants that just need a little love to have a whole new life. Whether we’re talking zippers or revamped neckties, there’s nothing like finding something second hand and repurposing it into a fun project.
Upholstery samples are an awesome, free (or very inexpensive) source for high quality fabric. Read on for a project idea and some tips on tracking down your own upholstery samples!
Upholstery Sample Backpack
The only materials she needed were:
- Two pieces of sample fabric.
- Padded fabric for the straps. She used felted sweater material, but anything along those lines would work fine.
- Four scraps of pleather for the closure. Felt might work well for this, too.
- Four buttons.
Want to see how she did it? Head on over to Dollar Store Crafts for the complete tutorial!
Sourcing Upholstery Remnants
If you’re lucky enough to have a center for creative reuse in your area, upholstery samples are just the sort of thing they would stock. If not, don’t fret! There are a couple of ways you can track down a supply.
Your local thrift store will sometimes have donated upholstery samples. The one that I frequent usually bags things like that up with other miscellaneous items like sewing notions. If you’re feeling bold, you can even approach interior designers you know or furniture stores to see about taking the samples when they’re done with them. Most places either donate or dumpster them once they stop stocking that fabric, so you should be able to get your hands on them cheaply or even for free!
Have any of you guys sourced upholstery samples for your crafting? Did I miss any resources that have worked for you? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!