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Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Thing for Walmart

I've got a thing for Walmart. I know there's a lot of Walmart complainers and haters out there. Who knows? Maybe you're one of them. Despite all the complaints, did you know that each week nearly one third of the U.S. population visits Walmart U.S. stores? And that the most frequent place typed into GPS device Telenav is...none other than Walmart? The truth is, a lot of the whiners and complainers still come back to shop.

To be honest, the store fascinates me. Maybe because they are so successful and I'm slightly obsessed with figuring out how a single company can become the largest overall employer of the United States. Maybe it's because this same company can continue to prosper during our "recession" period. Maybe it's simply because they can get even their complainers and haters to come back for more. It's amazing really. And I'm happy for them.

Now, I'm not happy about one thing. Why oh why dear Wally World are you getting rid of your fabric departments??? You have continued to prove time and time again that your prices are unbeatable and your fabrics do not disappoint. Why would you make such a mistake?

Maybe if they knew I've been traipsing all over Oklahoma finding all the navy blue Walmart signs with the original star plugged in the middle - the tell tale signal that they haven't gone through with annihilating that fabric department yet. Or maybe if Walmart knew how much I need that little section...if they knew how much I relied on their unbeatable fabrics, buttons, and trimmings, they would keep it. For me.


In my quest for navy blue Walmart signs, I picked up this lovely fabric a week ago, at one of the Walmarts left to have a remodel this year. I bought up all they was somewhere around 7.5 yds and on clearance for $1.50 a yd.
Now that is lovely. =)

It is thinner with a soft texture. Part of the problem with buying fabric online is that they are never as cheap as I like to go (I'm pretty cheap.) and I can't feel the fabric. I know I will succumb once the last navy blue sign has waved its goodbye. Alright, alright. I know I'm getting a little over-dramatic at this point.

I have hopes to make the girls matching dresses or skirts out of this material. I had in my hand two Crew Cuts skirts for them to wear, but decided to put them back on the rack because of the price and because I wanted to make them something myself. I'm so glad I did! Let me show you the direction I would like to go here. Of course I don't have a pattern. One of these days I'll try to make myself sit still long enough to figure one of those out. But for now, I think it would be pretty easy to copy these...

Girls' organdy flounce skirt
crew cuts

olive juice


Little Bitty

I might be a little overly ambitious, since I'm no advanced seamstress. "But where there's a will, there's a way."

I'm stoked about getting this done for Easter. My sister and I used to make dresses for ourselves for Easter so this project brings back lots of memories. I really do find such enjoyment in making things for other people, but if you asked me who my favorite 2 little girls to make things for are?

Right here. No question.



At April 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Jordan Boesch said...

I would say start with something other than a bubble skirt...they are ridiculously obnoxious and (for me) difficult to sew without a pattern. If I ever make one again I'm definitely going to be buying a pattern! =P

Our WalMarts still have fabric departments (we have 2 in the desert) but not a lot of selection any more. I'm in the market for fabric right now though...I need to make curtains and want to reupholster a few chairs.

At April 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

I've actually researched it (this is how much I love walmart) and it looks as if there are a handful of stores that will keep theirs. It's mostly the ones who are in small towns and have no other source for craft supplies. I've also heard that if there are enough people who petition for a particular area/store, then they will keep it. I hope some of the ones here keep theirs! Thanks for the tip about the bubble skirt. That's the one I love best and really wanted to do, but I think you're right! I will wait on that one.

At April 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM , Blogger kaitlin said...

You need to go to an FM store! I go to the one in Springfield. Not sure if it's a chain though...... =P A couple of months ago, I needed some taffeta (like the expensive, $15-$25 per yard kind) and I got everything I needed there for $4.99 a yard. And they have ribbon by the yard for 39¢-79¢! Waaaaaaayy cheaper than Hobby Lobby...

At April 5, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

Hmmm I just may have to stop in there this weekend. Are they open on Sundays?

At April 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Molly @ Me and Madeline said...

Fabric is so expensive!! Our WM doesn't have a craft/fabric department anymore so I'm stuck with Hancock's (which has a terrible selection) and online shops. I do well at, they have free shipping, frequently run specials and I can usually find a coupon code online for a percentage off.

I love, love, love that little bitty dress! So sweet and summery!

Oh, and I love your blog too. :)

At April 6, 2011 at 7:52 AM , Blogger kaitlin said...

No, I don't think they're open on Sundays.


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