Top 5 Uses for Clearance Fabric

Have you noticed how much fabric is packed into our Clearance section lately? With the Solid & Mirage closeout colors, it’s over 200 fabrics! I think I throw some clearance fabric into every order I place because it’s just so useful, and such a good deal! I thought I’d make a list of my favorite top uses of clearance fabric (not that you need any enabling when the price is that low).

#1. Quilt Backings

OK, so this one is kind of obvious, but it’s so true. I usually pick up about 2-3 yards of fabrics for backings in the colors I use the most because I sew lots of baby and small lap quilts. Large bed-sized quilts take 4-10 yards of fabric for backings, so that savings really adds up!

#2. Pillowcases

Don’t you think those bright solids and prints would make great pillowcases for kids? A couple years ago, a group of Connecting Threads quilters made 88 pillowcases in one evening to donate to the local children’s hospital. There are lots of charities who love to get pillowcases, so you can do an online search to find one local to you. Our Magic Pillowcases pattern is fast, fun, and has no raw edges left at the end. There are also lots of free pillowcase patterns out there.

#3. Quilt Storage Bags

Quilts should be stored in breathable cotton bags, so why not make some? You could use the pillowcase pattern above as a storage bag, or make a basic sack with a drawstring at the top.

#4. Table Cloths

Table cloths use up a lot of fabric and take a lot of punishment, so cheap fabric is perfect. You could make a couple for outdoor picnic tables and summer BBQs and not have to buy those plastic ones that just end up in the landfill. We even have a FREE table cloth pattern that is customizable to the size of your table.

#5. Curtains

Similar to table cloths, curtains take a lot of yardage. We have a cute FREE cafe curtain pattern. Curtains aren’t just for the kitchen though. Homemade puppet theater? Cover for under the bathroom sink? Curtained closet cover? Curtains can cover anything unsightly in a cute and affordable way.

OK, I’ve shared mine. What do you like to use clearance fabric for?


  1. Barbara Wright - June 2, 2011

    My husband is a woodworker and needs padding to protect his work in progress from bruising, which shows up only after the piece is stained. I’ve made him his own “quilts” that brighten his wood shop considerably.

  2. Shannon - June 2, 2011

    stash, stash, and more stash LOL

  3. Barbara Johnson - June 3, 2011

    Thanks for all the ideas – I will be making pillowcases for everyone for Christmas! Now to go thru my stash – again.

  4. Suzanne L/Wa - June 4, 2011

    well, if it’s polyester, it makes great landscape material – weeds can’t get through it. LOL If it’s cotton, it makes great strips for either rag rugs or locker hooked rugs.

  5. Linda C - June 8, 2011

    Today I am itchy for more fabric, but husband said, “clean up what you have” and that was only yesterday. It took me all day to just put away some fabric; until I wanted to finish that quilt that I bought backing for from CT a month ago. I need more time and money. I love CT fabric and the more I use it the more I love it!

  6. Sheila Millar - June 13, 2011

    I just love CT fabric and am so very happy to have been introduced to the qulity and easy of purchasing this great fabric, buying while one sale is AWESOME but there are times when I just cannot take the chance and have to purchase first day out.

  7. Quilt Man - June 16, 2011

    I love purchasing closeout fabrics for backing and of course to “replenish” my stash. I also love scrap quilting, so I just buy a lot of fabrics because they are beautiful to me.

  8. Lynn - June 19, 2011

    I love clearance fabric for backing. I usually buy four yards if I know it will go with lots of things. I also collect light fabrics for backgrounds in scrappy quilts. You can never have enough background fabric.