My Adventures in Fabric Shopping at Hobby Lobby

Exploring the Vast Fabric Selection at America’s Favorite Arts & Crafts Store

As an avid sewist and quilter, one of my favorite places to shop for fabric is Hobby Lobby. With over 900 stores across the country, Hobby Lobby offers an incredible selection of fabrics for apparel sewing, quilting, home decor projects, crafts and more. On a recent trip to restock my fabric stash, I was amazed by the variety, quality and value available in their fabric department.

The moment I stepped into the brightly lit, neatly organized fabric section, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Bolts of vibrantly printed quilting cottons in every color and pattern imaginable lined the walls and overflowed from bins placed strategically throughout the aisles. I took my time meandering through each section, running my hands along the tightly wound bolts of soft flannels, silky garment fabrics, chunky sweater knits and more.

Being a sewing and quilting enthusiast, I frequently browse online fabric shops. But as much as I love the convenience of ordering fabrics online, nothing compares to seeing, touching and holding the fabrics in person. At Hobby Lobby, I can unfold the edges of the fabric to inspect the quality, drape it over my arm to admire the drape and handfeel, and hold different prints and colors side-by-side to envision how they will pair together in a project. This tactile experience and ability to see the true colors, prints and textures is incredibly valuable when selecting fabric.

An Impressive Variety of Fabric Types

From apparel fabrics like cottons, knits, voiles and linens to home decor fabrics like upholstery, drapery and outdoor fabrics, Hobby Lobby carries an amazing range of fabric types and blends in their stores and online. I was delighted to find a nice selection of organic fabrics like organic cottons and bamboo rayons, which are healthier for the environment and skin.

For sewing garments, I was spoiled for choice with a rainbow of solid and printed quilting cottons, lightweight voiles, cozy flannels, stretchy jersey knits and more. I spent awhile browsing through the baby and children’s prints, whimsical conversational prints and even licensed character prints from Disney. For costumes and cosplay, they offer a variety of silks, satins and crushed velvets.

Over in the home decor section, I found luxurious upholstery fabrics to re-cover furniture, blackout lining fabrics for light blocking curtains and a nice collection of festive holiday prints for Christmas crafts and quilts. I even found faux leathers, suedes and vinyls to make stylish handbags and accessories.

Fabulous Finds in the Quilting Cottons

As a quilter, I gravitate right to the quilting cottons whenever I shop for fabric. At Hobby Lobby, shelves upon shelves of quilting cotton prints in every color family and style provide endless inspiration for my next quilty project. From small-scale florals and dots for reproduction quilts to bold graphic prints and conversastionals perfect for modern quilting, the selection is simply outstanding.

Some of my favorite new prints I discovered on this trip included lovely floral bouquets with blue and yellow colors, cheerful tropical prints with palm leaves and pineapples, and a super cute line of fruit prints with strawberries, lemons and more. I also found plenty of must-have basics like polka dot prints in every color, several shades of classic gingham checks, and an abundance of solid Kona Cotton colors.

Hobby Lobby really excels at stocking high quality name-brand cottons that quilters love, like Moda Grunge textures, Hoffman Bali Batiks, Free Spirit Bohemians, and Robert Kaufman Chandys. I loaded up my cart with yardage from all of these fabulous lines. The prices are very reasonable, ranging from $5.99 to $12.99 per yard for designer quilting cottons.

Oodles of Options for Apparel Sewing

In addition to quilting fabrics, Hobby Lobby offers an extensive selection of fashion and apparel fabrics for the home sewist. I found aisles filled with diaphanous voiles, breezy lawns and lightweight batistes ideal for flowy summer dresses and blouses. For separates like pants and skirts, there were plenty of medium-weight twills, poplins and stretch cotton sateens.

I also spotted many knit fabrics perfect for comfortable dresses, tops and activewear. Plush sweater knits, soft interlock knits, ribbed knits and more fill the bolts in a spectrum of solids and heathers. Large tables display folded jersey knits in fun prints, classic stripes and more.

Beyond cottons, Hobby Lobby provides a variety of silky fabrics like crepes, satins and challis prints for dresses or blouses. Lace trims, embroidered mesh overlays and stretch laces inspire feminine details. For outerwear, there are Italian wool coating fabrics. And the online store offers luxury silk fabrics and fine European wools unavailable in most brick and mortar fabric stores.

Whether I’m sewing dresses, activewear, costumes or casual pieces, Hobby Lobby has the apparel and garment fabrics I need for any project. The prices fit comfortably within my sewing budget at typically $5.99 to $14.99 per yard.

Specialty Fabrics for Crafters and Makers

In addition to apparel and quilting fabrics, Hobby Lobby offers specialty fabrics perfect for crafters, DIYers and makers. An entire wall showcases faux leathers, suedes and vinyls to make trendy handbags, accessories, journals and more.

For children’s projects, I found charming printed cotton duck fabrics featured in Amy Butler and Michael Miller collections, along with colorful felt fabrics and furry minky prints. I also spotted WoolFelt wool blend felt which is perfect for stitching into durable blankets, pillows, pouches and crafts.

In the Halloween section, I had fun browsing through festive printed costume fabrics with skulls, vampires, spiders and more along with textures like burlap, lace, glitter mesh and faux suede. For costume enthusiasts and cosplayers, Hobby Lobby is a great source for unique costume and prop making fabrics.

For home decor projects, there’s a nice offering of outdoor and decor fabrics like canvas, denim, faux burlap and embroidered placemat fabrics. Bohemian, Moroccan and Southwestern motifs inspire crafty accessories and textile arts.

Beyond fabric yardage, Hobby Lobby provides a bounty of trims, ribbons, appliques, woven tapes and other embellishments perfect for sprucing up handmade fashions, costumed creations, quilts, accessories and all sorts of DIY textile art.

Saving Money on Fabric

Between regular sales, coupons and reward programs, Hobby Lobby offers many ways to save money on fabric purchases. The weekly sales ad always highlights fabric markdowns, often at 40-50% off regular prices. Around major holidays, they offer deep discounts storewide which applies to all in-stock fabrics.

Signing up for the Hobby Lobby mobile app provides easy access to digital coupons along with notifications on sales and rewards. The app also has a built-in 40% off coupon that can be applied to one regular priced item. I like to use these coupons on my highest priced fabric cuts since they provide the biggest discounts.

Another great perk for frequent fabric shoppers is the Hobby Lobby Creative Rewards program. Members earn 1 point for every dollar spent and receive a $5 reward coupon when reaching every 250 points. Rewards can be stacked onto sale prices and coupons for extra savings. This program is free to join and really adds up if you shop at Hobby Lobby routinely.

By timing my trips to align with sales events and utilizing coupons and reward points, I’ve saved hundreds of dollars on fabric over the years at Hobby Lobby. Those savings mean I can afford to sew and quilt more often and build an extensive fabric stash to unleash my creativity.

Convenient Tools for Fabric Shopping

Hobby Lobby makes the fabric buying experience incredibly convenient with helpful tools and policies. The store layout makes it easy to find fabrics by project type or color/print families. End cap displays and signage highlight seasonal or trending fabrics.

Nearly all of the fabrics are clearly labeled with the fiber content, fabric name, designer or collection, price per yard, width, and often a photo of the print. This makes it so easy to locate specific fabric types and choose between prints and colors confidently.

If I’m unsure how a fabric will look made up, I appreciate that they have home decor projects, garments and quilts sewn from many of the fabrics on display. Being able to see it styled into finished projects gives me a better idea of how the fabrics look in action before purchasing.

Most Hobby Lobby stores also offer cutting services where an employee will cut your fabric to the desired yardages with industrial cutting machines. This saves tons of time and extremely precise cuts. Of course, if I prefer to cut it myself they also have convenient self-service cutting tables.

For times when I can’t find exactly what I want in the store, Hobby Lobby has a vast online fabric shop with an even wider selection of prints, designer collections and luxury fabrics than what fits on the store shelves. Purchases over $50 ship for free, so I can easily order bolts of fabrics missing from my local store.

Between the enormous in-store selection, online fabric shop, convenient cutting services and tools to identify fabrics easily, Hobby Lobby makes building my fabric stash a fun and rewarding process. I always walk out with exciting new project ideas and inspiration.

Quality Fabrics for Every Budget

As much as I adore high end couture fabrics, my budget is limited so I really appreciate that Hobby Lobby provides beautiful fabrics at affordable prices. By offering their own in-house fabric brands alongside top designers and name-brand collections, they cater to all budgets.

The Hobby Lobby house brands like Vintage Fare, Harvest Home, and Warm and Natural provide excellent quality at very wallet-friendly prices. I can purchase soft flannels, cozy sweater knits, delicate gingham prints, classic stripes and more starting around $5.99 per yard every day.

When I want to splurge on luxe designer prints, Hobby Lobby always stocks the latest collections from brands like Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Tula Pink, Alexander Henry and more. While these designer fabrics range from $10.99 to $14.99 per yard, that’s still significantly less than independent quilt shops charge for the same fabrics.

Whether I’m sewing for myself or making gifts for friends and family, Hobby Lobby lets me create beautiful handmade projects using quality fabrics while sticking to a budget I can afford as a hobbyist. I never feel limited by price constraints.

So Many Possibilities with Hobby Lobby Fabrics

Thanks to the incredible fabric selection at Hobby Lobby, my creative options are virtually endless. I can sew stylish clothing for work, comforting quilts to pass down through generations, costumes that transport imagination to other realms, and trendy home decor items that refresh living spaces. Their fabrics empower my sewing dreams.

With the help of Hobby Lobby’s fabrics paired with affordable sewing patterns and supplies sourced under one roof, I’ve been able to learn and hone my sewing, quilting and crafting skills over the years. Had I needed to source fabrics from multiple retailers, my projects and progress would have been limited.

Having this expansive universe of fabrics available locally at affordable prices is truly a creative gift. I feel grateful that I can walk into any Hobby Lobby store and explore aisles brimming with the most diverse, high quality selection of apparel, quilting and specialty fabrics imaginable.

The next time inspiration for a new DIY project strikes, I know exactly where I’ll be heading. Looking forward to many more fulfilling years of filling my craft room and fabric stash thanks to Hobby Lobby!

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