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Does anyone know of any websites that sell fabric by the yard for $2.00 or less per yard. I'm looking for all types of fabrics and widths. I need a bulk amount of 30 yards or more. Just trying to find the least expensive options such as closeouts, liquidators etc. Thanks!
I don't know what you're making but sheets are the best fabric bargain around.
Yes, I agree that sheets are the cheapest but you are limited on colors and prints or designs. I recently purchased four king-size, flat sheets on clearance at Target for $6.98 each. I plan to make curtains from them. The WalMart stores in my area always have a big pile of fabric bolts. One pile is $1.00 a yard and the other is $2.00 a yard. Large fabric tablecloths on clearance at Big Lots also gave me material for curtains in several rooms. They were about 70 inches by 102 inches and cost me $4.00 each.
I live near 3 big cities and have 9 Walmarts within a 60 mile radius of me and 5 of those sell fabric. Most, if not all of these that have fabric also sell CHEAP (but sometimes high quality) fabric for only $1 and $2 a yard.
Bring up the following web site, The "Walmart Store Locater":
Then put in your zip-code. When you bring up the Walmart's that are closest to you, you'll get their phone numbers and addresses. Call each Walmart and ask whether they do or don't sell fabric (not all do). If they do sell fabric, odds are that they have fabric that retails for $2 per yard or less. You can always ask to talk directly to the "fabric area" when you call.
Each Walmart sells some fabrics that are the same at all Walmarts, (and some of these are only $2 per yard) but in the way of the less expensive discontinued, discount ("undetermined fiber content") fabrics that sell for $1 and $2 a yard, each Walmart has it's own rotating fabrics. It's all about what the mills have discontinued several years back. Each walmart buys this discontinued fabric by the pallet load, and they never know what they'll be getting in.
As most of this discount fabric is "undetermined fiber content", you'll have to know what you are buying. I can usually tell what a fabric is by its "feel" because I've been sewing for 40 years.
If you're not sure of the quality, be sure to wash and pre-shrink each and every piece of fabric before you sew with it. If you're unsure you can always buy several inches of the fabric, then take it outside and do what I like to call the "Lighter Test". I always carry a lighter with me! Never do the "lighter test" inside a store or they might arrest you for arson! You'll have to go out on to a paved parking lot, or, better yet to your bathroom sink, or somewhere safe and light a piece of fabric that's about 2 inches long by an eighth to a quarter inch wide with the lighter.
After it burns, if it turns to JUST ash, then that means it's "all natural" or "man-made" like rayon (rayon is made form celulose, or "tree bark"). Natural fabrics (if it just turns to ash) are: Cotton, Rayon, Linen, and Silk)
If it turns to ash, BUT smells like burning hair, then it's wool (or a "protein fiber" like wool, like cashmere or alpaca and sometimes silk because silk is also a "protein fiber").
If it just drips plastic and when it cools down, balls up and turns to hard plastic, then the fabric is made of a synthetic substance like polyester or acrylic. Sometimes they are mixed and you get a little of both. (Like 50% poly/50% cotton). And, sometimes there is also a bit of Lycra (rubber) mixed in with the cotton for added stretch.
Sometimes you can just take 3 or 4 threads from the weave of the fabric, This is what I do when I need to know the "fiber content" from something I've bought at the thrift store. I take several threads from the inside seams.
Please use care when you light the fabric on fire, as this could either hurt you, or cause a fire in your house. I usually put a bit of water in the bottom of my sink and light the fibers OVER the water and I also roll up my sleeves because the flame can sometimes go fairly high. The trick is to use as little a piece as you can cut, or just a few threads from the edges of the fabric.