Joann fabrics and quilt supplies

Posted by: sashurlow

Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/02/15 07:32 AM

I want to make a summer bag/quilt but want to make it cheaply. Has one one made a summer bag entirely from fabrics from Joanne's? The insulation seems to be the biggest concern to me. The lightweight ripstop is not an issue. Weight is only of mild concern.
Thanks,
Scott
Posted by: CamperMom

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/02/15 09:45 AM

JoAnn seems to be targeted to home sewists and crafters, not the outdoor crowd. Once I found some Thinsulate, but that seems to be no longer stocked. If weight truly is not an issue, you probably could use their offerings to make a summer quilt, but may do as well buying a pre-made quilted blanket on sale. Depending on the temperature range you anticipate, if you still want to make a quilt, consider using "lame" (lah-may) fabric which is metallized as your inside face. It should reflect some heat. It may feel a bit scratchy, so you may also want to wear some sort of PJs using this fabric.
Posted by: the-gr8t-waldo

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/02/15 03:54 PM

DIY, you get to make it just the way you want it. making camping equipment is fun. but if all you want is getting a piece of equipment cheaply, consider buying on the used market. I have heard of others who bought used down clothing/pillows from goodwill and harvested the down for projects(seems like a cheap way of getting down to me)
Posted by: CamperMom

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/03/15 01:08 PM

You are spot on with regard to buying used gear as a money-saving strategy. Our OP seemed to indicate a wish for a DIY experience. Planning to use harvested down from thrift shop items might work, but the down is likely to be of lesser quality, either beaten to near end-of-usefulness or mixed with a lot of feathers. Coupled with the effort to make a down item, it may not be worth it. Weight was not an issue, making synthetic fills good options.
Posted by: the-gr8t-waldo

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/03/15 02:25 PM

you're totally right , harvested down will be of poorer quality! I only offered that as an money saving alternative.
Posted by: sashurlow

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/03/15 07:31 PM

I researched it and it looks like it does not make any sense to drop in quality that much. I had read about the possibility about using Joanne's (or other domestic fabric stores) from a post on another forum somewhere. Nobody had actually done it but someone suggested it. Considering I will not approximately 1-1.5 inches of insulation, that is too many layers of crappy stuff to make sense.
Regarding using reclaimed down from thrift store... DON'T DO IT!!! I have personal experience with this one. Its much less down and more fluffy, very small feathers that will constantly come out of the bag and you will wake up covered in tiny feathers.
Posted by: OregonMouse

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/04/15 08:16 PM

I'm finding that JoAnne's is not the place for Civil War civilian wear, either. I have found underpinning fabrics there, but none of their many cotton prints are even remotely suitable for the 19th century, and their wool is both expensive and part synthetic. .
Posted by: finallyME

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 05/13/15 11:48 AM

Originally Posted By OregonMouse
I'm finding that JoAnne's is not the place for Civil War civilian wear, either. I have found underpinning fabrics there, but none of their many cotton prints are even remotely suitable for the 19th century, and their wool is both expensive and part synthetic. .


They have linen that might work...but yeah..

Online is really the best way to buy DIY material that is exactly what you want. With Joan's, you have to compromise. You can easily use their ripstop and batting for a quilt. But the ripstop is heavy, as well as the batting. Plus the ripstop isn't that much cheaper that really light ripstop online.
Posted by: wandering_daisy

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 12/24/17 09:31 PM

First, I have not found that Joanns has less expensive material- on the contrary, I can always find a better buy elsewhere.

Second, you put a lot of work in sewing an item, so using high quality material makes sense. The only exception is when I make a proto-type in order to experiment and come up with a pattern. I once cut up and used worn-out stuff sacks to test a backpack design.

Internet buying frustrates me because they charge an arm and leg for "shipping and handling" for outdoor material, which really ships cheaply because it is light weight. Often you will pay more for shipping than the material!
Posted by: PaHiker

Re: Joann fabrics and quilt supplies - 01/04/18 01:25 PM

I looked at this route recently since I want to make a quilt as well. JAF is not a good source, the synthetic insulation is heavier, bulkier, and more expensive than Climashield. My skills at sewing do not allow for a down product, so I went with 3.6 oz/yd CS.

Searched may places, the least expensive I found was by sourcing everything from Ripstop by the Roll. Going cheap I could make it for $43.55 (less if you want to use end-of-roll, but they didn't have any colors I cared much for), I went for Taffeta as a lighter material, thought a good deal more expensive, topping out at $69.70 for everything.