Surprising Fabric Find at Wal-Mart

Everyone always asks me where I get my knit fabric from. I’d say about 90% of my fabric stash came from online fabric shops. There is just such a limited selection of knit fabric at stores like JoAnn’s and generally, I’m not as pleased with the quality either. However, every once in a while, I find a gem! For instance, I found this charcoal gray knit fabric at Wal-Mart of all places! It was the perfect weight and stretchiness and had such a nice drape. And to top it all off it was CHEAP! I bought the whole bolt. I figured it was a great neautral color, and I’d be able to find lots of things to use it for. I’m happy to report that I have.

One of my most favorite things I’ve sewn myself recently or really ever, is this super comfy dress. I used the Deer Creek Dress pattern by New Horizons Designs. I’d never even heard of this pattern maker until a friend of mine posted a link to this dress pattern on my Facebook wall. She said it looked like my style and something I would like. I clicked on the link and was delighted to discover she was right! I instantly bought it. I’d used my bolt of charcoal fabric on many projects over the winter, but had just enough left to make this dress.

This dress is so easy to dress up or dress down. It feels like I’m wearing my most comfortable jammies, yet it looks so nice. I seriously need about five more of these dresses in every color! And the best part is the pockets!!! I’m a firm believer that dresses need pockets. Where am I suppose to put my phone and keys otherwise? The pattern was easy to follow and I’m happy my friend introduced me to it!

So what else have I made with this fabulous fabric? Yoga pants for me.

Tee shirts for my girls that I embroidered their first initials on.

A hoodie for my baby.

A cardigan for me.

And a tee shirt for me.

So, all that to say, always be on the hunt for good fabric! You never know where you’re going to find something marvelous.


  1. Sew Tonya

    June 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    EEEKK! everything you made is seriously so cute! I love it all! Walmart is one of my favorite places to get fabric, especially in the remnate section! I eventually want to move away (but not stop) quilts and give a hand at clothes! Did I mention I love all of what you made?

    1. Laurel

      June 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Tonya! I don’t know why everyone hates on Walmart fabric. I find some great treasures there! I admire someone who can quilt. It is definitely not my forte. It takes so much precision. I’ll be following along and cheer you on when you try out clothes!

  2. Brianne Robinson

    June 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    That dress looks so comfy! I only own one dress. Everything else is skirts and shirts. Great job on all the other projects. What exactly is a cheap price on knit fabric if you don’t mind me asking?

    1. Laurel

      June 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Brianne. Perhaps I’ll have to help you make one when I visit in August! Most of the knit fabric I order online is between $7-12 a yard. You can easily spend over $20 a yard if you’re buying custom printed fabric, but I don’t. I can’t remember how much this charcoal fabric was, but I’m thinking it was $3.97 a yard. Sometimes I can even find knit at Walmart for $1, but a lot of Walmarts don’t carry it.

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