Last night, if you noticed a photo on Hometown Betty’s Facebook page, you’ll see one of many ongoing projects I’ve been working at home. Although the photo of the slipcovered dining chair has one of three fabric options that I am sewing for our eight dining chairs, I have been on a mission to find a specific off-white/antique white fabric that I started with.
When I purchased this stretchy off-white fabric, I didn’t realize that it was on clearance. I only purchased three yards, assuming that I could go back and purchase more when I was ready to take the plunge.
After spending a week, slowly cutting, pinning, and stitching, which yielded two and a half slipcovers, I was pleased with how they turned out.
I looked for more of this fabric at the end of last week, but I couldn’t find it. Later that day, I called my local Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could order more of this fabric, but a sales associate informed me that only two yards were left! I needed at least seven to complete my project. She said I could try buying it online, which had 10 yards available for purchase; however, I waited a day too long, and someone else snatched up several yards. Of course, I didn’t know until 48 hours later when I received an email that my order had been cancelled.
Several local Jo-Ann Fabric stores had two yards here, three yards there, while one local store had seven yards about an hour away. I was willing to make the drive until I learned that the 50% red tag clearance sale didn’t apply this week.
Back to the drawing board.
There had to be more off-white fabric to complete all eight chairs. Right? With Linus in tow, we braved the drive and walk in -1 °F weather (with wind chill factor of -20 °F) to my local store and received some excellent advice from a sales associate. She helped me to find a similar weighted fabric to match what I had already started. And this time, it’s a regularly stocked item without the stretch. No need to worry about this non-stretchy off-white fabric going on clearance.
In the end, I am glad I didn’t have to drive two hours to pick up stretchy fabric that may not be the most useful for a busy family of four. And thank goodness my local Jo-Ann Fabrics has super friendly staff to help this newbie sewer figure out how to make some slipcovered chairs.
Be on the lookout for future posts about how I chose the best DIY tutorial to make slipcovered chairs for our dining set.
Have a safe and warm weekend!
From my hometown to yours,