When I go to the fabric store, sometimes I totally get overwhelmed with all the colors, styles, designs and patterns. I mean, there is a lot there! So much to take in.
For the most part, I go off of looking, touching and hauling around more bolts than I really have plans on cutting a piece and buying.
I have to wheel it around in the cart to get to know it……sometimes it enjoys it’s ride all the way to the cutting counter and sometimes it gets replaced. gasp!
Not matter what though, besides the gut feeling and love bugs for the fabric– you kind of need to pay attention to the end of the bolt.
This is where you’ll find out if it’s REALLY what you are looking for. Just because you love it, doesn’t mean that you should get it!
I know. It’s hard. But that’s the truth.
Today, let’s go over together and remind ourselves what the end of the fabric bolt can tell us! It’s kind of a lot!
What’s on the Fabric Bolt ~
- Fabric Company: this one shows Cloud 9 Fabrics. This is the large company that is producing the fabric.
- Amount on Bolt: this numbers shows how much the bolt came with when it was new. Sometimes you can buy the whole bolt still wrapped from the store. This number will tell you how much is on the un-opened bolt
- Fabric Type: This will let you know the content of the fabric. Is is cotton, organic, quilting cotton, poly blend. This is where you check to find out if it’s really what you are looking for.
- Width of Fabric: Not all fabric is the same width. Depending on your pattern you might find yourself with a lot of fabric leftover or you don’t have enough! This number will help you decide how much of it you need for the pattern you have in mind.
- Care Instructions: This will let you know what you can do with the fabric. Is it washable? Dry clean only?
- Price per yard: I don’t know about you, but this is probably the spot I look first. How much is it going to be for one yard of this super fantastic and perfect for my project fabric? This is where you’ll find out if you are REALLY love the fabric or if you’ll pass for now.
Are there other good info on the bolt? Oh totally!
- Point of Manufacture: where it was printed and shipped from
- Fabric Designer: this would be the pattern designer name– who would be designing for the larger name on the bolt
- Fabric Line: this is helpful when you need to find more yardage!
I’m sure there is more, but right now, I just can’t think of it. Feel free to add what you see on your bolts in the comments!
What do you look for first on the bolt of fabric?