Thursday, March 21, 2013

deal alert...

Today I ran into Joann's Fabric and they were just putting ALL of their
individual sample/swatches on sale for $2 each. I was racking my brain trying to think
of something I could do with them. They're 17 x 17 and could work for pillows if you
 wanted to add a border (I think pillows look better larger rather than smaller).
 The colors and patterns were plentiful, and mixing and matching
could have entertained me for hours.  
It was my carpool day at school, thank goodness, or who knows how much time
I would have wasted!
Here's the collection I ended up with, I'll bet you can guess what I'll be using them for.


If this totally overwhelms you, here is a tip:

Choose a few floral patterns you like in similar colors, any style works.
Don't fret, just grab what you like, you can put back what doesn't work.


Keeping in the same color family,
choose a geometric, small print, stripe or ikat, basically anything that's not floral.
 That's it!


 I'm using mine as napkins!
 Can't you picture a pretty table of white dishes set with all of these...


Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friends!

We're on spring break next week and the plan was to enjoy spring skiing with my boys. 
However, the forecast high of 26 degrees on Saturday and Sunday
 isn't exactly my idea of spring, maybe we'll hop a last minute flight out of here!

I'll be taking the week off, and will see you in April!  :)     



36 comments:

Brandi said...

I. did. not. need. to. see. this! Guess I'll be heading to Joann's tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

Julia Konya said...

Well, I'll guess I'll be checking this out too today ;) I hope they are doing this at every Joann's.
Have a great weekend.

~ rooms FOR rent ~ said...

Love your finds!!! I would have grabbed all the same ones. I'm heading to Joanne's this weekend, and hoping they are doing the same thing at mine!! Thanks for the alert :) Can't wait to see what you do! ~Bre

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I have found that using an 18 in pillow insertI with an 18 inch square piece of fabric or napkin leaves the pillow too loose and not full enough.. So I bet an 18 insert would be perfect for these 17 inch squares!

'm with the ladies above.. Gotta find time to get to Joann's!
Thanks Pam!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

Love the napkins idea - so clever and fun! Have a great spring break!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Great idea! I have so many smaller bits of fabric in my stash and I am kind of pillowed out. I'll be hemming napkins soon.

designchic said...

That's genius, Pam. These gorgeous colors will make the prettiest spring table...you must take a picture!! Happy weekend and Spring??? Break...enjoy!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Thanks for sharing ....I really enjoy your blog....will follow! Enjoy your Spring Break!

Kim said...

Love the fun colors and patterns. Nothing better than a mix at the table. Enjoy your week off!! xo

Nancy said...

Got to stop in Joann's-maybe theyre doing the same thing here. I love the colorful collection and what fun pillows they'll make or something! Have a great weekend.
xo Nancy
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Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

That is such a great idea, to use them as napkins!! Such a pretty color combination!
Have a wonderful week off with your boys, I will miss you terribly but hope you find some sunshine and warm weather somewhere!!

Dana Frieling said...

Napkins...of course! Why didn't I think of that? 26 degrees? Brrr..enjoy a cozy fire and your week overall, friend.

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

Oh, you are so lucky that your Joann carries Annie Selke! Love all those fabrics...the P Kauffman (far left in the florals photo) is what I made my bedroom Euro shams out of :)

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Great score, and good idea to use them as napkins! Love the colors and patterns you chose. Enjoy your break!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Absolutely LOVE your napkin idea....
Have a wonderful week....enjoy!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Ok, first of all , my favorite 2 words for a post title! Haha. And napkins? This is why I love you. So smart!

www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

Terry said...

Here's hoping my JoAnn's is having this same sale! What a great idea. I really enjoy your blog:-)

Cathy Wall said...

I love that you are using those fabrics as napkins, so fun! Enjoy your Spring break!!!

Peggy said...

I am getting ready to walk out the door to JoAnn's so this came at a perfect time. Now hopefully our JoAnn's will have the same thing going on. I just bought new curtains for our living room (okay they are shower curtains but a girl has to make budget some how and JoAnn's wasn't cutting the bill for me... unless I find a spectacular deal in-store this morning. :)

Have a wonderful spring break! We still have a full week before ours starts but then it will be of to Paris and the French coast with a group of high school French students. I am so excited!! (too bad my husband wasn't coming as well...)

Mallory | Confetti and Stripes said...

So glad I read this as I'm in the car on the way to joanns!! Ha! This weekend they also have additional 25% off total purchase!!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Yay! That's exactly what I would do with them, too. :) In fact, I should probably hop over to my Joann's and see if they have the same offer. :) Have a great spring break!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

That will be such a pretty table! Please share when you set it!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What a great idea! Love the prints you got for napkins. OH the things I could do with a bunch of those samples!

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Great find again! I love the color palette and each pattern. How pretty your table will be! Have a wonderful spring break!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

brilliant! My napkins are 5 years old...I think it's time for something new. I can't wait to see how yours turn out! I love all the patterns :)

Lori said...

What a great idea! I love your selections. Have a well-deserved break!

Vel Criste said...

Beautiful fabrics! Can't wait to see what You'll come up with! Have a great spring break!

The Refeathered Roost said...

I honestly didn't know that you could buy these...thanks for sharing. Love, love the greens and blues you have here. I think I would frame everyone I love them so much and hang them on a wall together. Happy to have found your blog through the one room challenge.
melinda

Holly said...

Oh snap! A local friend had tipped me off to this but I haven't had a chance to pop in. Great tips you give here too.

**Anne** said...

The colour of those fabrics are just gorgeous.
Anne xx

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Pam...great mix of patterns and color...they will make great pillows!

Gypsy Heart said...

What a great idea! Beautiful patterns and colors and I hope we see them on your table soon. :)

Hope you have a fabulous week!
xo
Pat

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great choices, now I want to see what you do with the pieces. Exciting!!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Ah, all so pretty. I miss having a JoAnns nearby!

Nicole Scott said...

These napkins will be good enough to eat!!

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