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June 7, 2018

Super Secret Project – Fabric FUN Time! Thursday Retro Rewind

Continuing on with the vintage couch series, this week leads us into trying to source just the right fabric to re-cover the couches! Hmmmmmm, will I find my beloved Frieze or will I have to go with another type of fabric????

By Sara In AZ

OK, so I finally have my one armed couch and his little friend.

Maybe I should call the little loveseat ‘Bandido’ or something? 🙂


I REALLLLLLY wanted Frieze fabric in the worst way. So bad, I could feel it in the pit of my stomach – like little gremlins gnawing away at me ‘Get Frieze, get Frieze’. I searched high. I searched low. I searched in the middle. This stuff is nowhere to be found! I e-mailed fabric stores that have been in business foreverrrr and they did not have it. I contacted fabric people around here – Frieze, What? I contacted  SMS Auto Fabrics in Oregon and they actually did have some teal Frieze, but only 9 yards and at $60 a yard! EEPS! I needed more than that, so that would not work. But, hey, if anyone out there needs 9 yards you know where to go!

If anyone out there has bolts of old Frieze – hold onto it for dear life, that stuff is worth more than gold!

I also had very stern warnings from all the upholsterers I was getting quotes from about using old fabric. They said almost all the old Frieze is rubber backed, which could turn very brittle over time. So picture that you have just gotten your couches reupholstered in this lovely old Frieze and you go to sit down on it for the very first time and *********RRRRRRIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPP********!!!! No thanks! I am not saying you could not find vintage fabric to use for your project, I did for my pink swivel chair – but that fabric was not rubber backed. You may want to inquire, before buying old Frieze fabric, how it has been stored. Especially if you are paying a high price for it. So, I gave up my dream of having the old Frieze and sought out something new with a vintage look.

We wound up at Mesa Sales where they not only sell upholstery fabric, but flooring and a bunch of other things too! This place was a wonderland of fabrics! We cruised up and down aisle upon aisle of bolts of fabric that you could buy right then and there. But we did not really see anything on the bolts that would work for our little couches. So we wound up with all the fabric sample books. They only had about 800,000 sample books to go through. No problem right!  I hoped the books  had something that would work for us! So Mike and I hunkered down and went through as many books as we could to try to find our special fabric. We did not emerge for days……they had to send in food and water to us…….but we came out victorious!

My only requirements for the new fabric was that I really wanted some kind of texture to it and I wanted a color that looked 50s! I really wanted to stay with the teal/aqua color, but I also like chartreuse. I knew I was not going to find anything like the old Frieze, so I just had to keep an open mind.

Here are some of the fabric swatches that we brought home so we could see what the samples looked like against the couches.

This was a sample that SMS sent to me because they thought I would like the pattern, and because it was teal/aqua. But, no…not quite what I had in mind.

Here is another teal/aqua sample SMS sent to me but this was was more like carpet. So, no again.

Here is the teal Frieze they have 9 yards of. I liked it, but there was not enough fabric for me. Bummer.

Here is a chartreuse fabric, but not quite the right one for me.

I liked the teal/aqua color of this fabric, but the texture was off for me.

This fabric had a pattern, but this just was not right. Not the right color, not the right pattern.

I kind of liked this ice blue fabric, maybe this one???????

I thought this one could be a possibility???????

This wool boucle had a really nice feel to it! Hmmmmmmm?

Chartreuse again. I love me some Chartreuse!

So, which one did I pick??? Can you stand to wait a whole week to find out???

Stay tuned for the last installment of my couch mini-series next Thursday!


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4 Responses to Super Secret Project – Fabric FUN Time! Thursday Retro Rewind

  1. Jacki Reply

    June 8, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love the wool Boucle… if your cats are declawed. One of mine would have a heyday with some of those fabrics. Seriously though, I do love the Boucle, I can picture it on that sofa. It just has that “grandma’s couch” feel.


    June 8, 2018 at 10:01 am

    The first and second chartreuse are to die for!
    What a hard decision!

  3. Sharon Reply

    August 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    What is the name of the chartreuse that says Fabric 7? Where did you find it? Please give me all of the details about it!

    I have 2 chairs that I’ve been searching for the original fabric for over 20 yrs, so I totally get what you are saying about the urge and drive “Get Frieze, get Frieze”

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 8, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Sharon!! I found most all of these fabrics at a local place called Mesa Sales


      They are a big flooring and fabric shop here. They have tons and tons of fabric books to look through. I am so sorry though, this was originally like 7 or 8 years ago and I did not save any information on the fabric that I did not get….the very last one pictured was what I got. I’d recommend to find the largest fabric shop around and set aside some time to look through some sample books, I’m just betting you will find something you love! Good luck!!!

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