Some readers have asked me where I buy my printed knit
fabrics because it appears that they are much scarcer in
stores than solid knits. I buy them from three main stores -
JoAnn, Mill End Textiles and SR Harris.
JoAnn is a national chain store, so it is probably the most
accessible of the three. However, good printed knits aren't
always available, and I've only found about 5 or 6 at a time.
Mill End Textiles is a local regional chain with a store
close to my house (to my detriment). Among other fabrics,
they stock a wide selection of solid, striped and printed
knits, some of which are surplus from popular clothing
companies like Oshkosh. Sadly, they don't do online sales
so unless you live in the upper midwest, many of you
probably will not patronize their stores.
SR Harris is a fabulous fabric warehouse where you
measure and cut your own fabric from bolts and (my
children love this part) stick stickers with yardage and
price before heading to the checkout. The layout of the
store reminds me of the fabric stores you see on
Project Runway - horizontal bolts and rolls that require
superhuman strength to tug off the shelves. They hand
out fat quarters at the checkout to "well-behaved" children
but I doubt they are very discerning based on our most
recent visit when my children were definitely not well-
behaved. Fortunately (for them and me) this is quite a
distance from where I live so I only go there when I feel
I need a special treat. They do online sales, so try your
luck there - their fabric is always 50% off
and there are coupons!