Does anyone else love fabric shopping as much as I do? For me, the thought of all the beautiful bolts and endless choices at a fabric store makes me feel like a kid on Christmas.
|The fabric I picked for my Christmas tree skirt.|
I went fabric shopping on Saturday, with list in hand. I needed fabric for some holiday gifts, and for a tree skirt. My husband and I will have our first Christmas in our new house this year, and I want to sew a simple tree skirt we can use for years to come.
When I shop for fabric, I like to have an idea ahead of time of what color and style I’m looking for. But despite what’s in my mind, wandering the aisles often leads me in unexpected—and often better—directions.
I was picturing a dark red fabric for my skirt top, and a green fabric for the back. I started in the green aisle and was drawn to a bold color with dots and lines. I liked it, but wasn’t sure it was right. Next, in the red aisle, nothing really jumped out at me. I pulled a few bolts, but continued my search.
A little wandering later, I saw it: a black fabric with tiny red Christmas trees and yellow stars. Nearby, I found another black fabric with yellow-gold dots. I hadn’t imagined using so much—or any—black in my tree skirt, but I loved the combo and that it was festive but didn’t scream Christmas. I also picked out a vibrant red for the binding.
I went with my gut, made my purchase, and I’m so happy I did. The skirt will look crisp and modern, and add a great handmade touch to my living room this Christmas. It’s not going to be the red and green creation I imagined, but I think it’ll be even better.
Are you looking for ideas for holiday gifts or home décor items? Stitch Craft Create Gifts 2013 has some really neat projects to sew.
What about you? What do you love about trips to the fabric store? Do you tend to buy fabrics you had in mind, or do you get inspired at the store and buy colors or patterns you never imagined? I can’t wait to hear.