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What is so Special about Fabric Swatches?

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Hello all.

Everyday I browse the freebie section on LD, I come across a numerous amount of fabric swatches which often outnumber the amount of other types of freebies.

I would like to know what is so special about them and why people seem to like them so much. Or am I just an oddball? πŸ™‚

Thank you.

RegularComper90
5 months ago
What do you think of this?
ACR
ACR5 months ago

They are useful if you are doing some home improvements. You get to feel the texture of the fabric and the colour displayed on the website may be a little different from the real sample. Alternatively, people like using them for arts & crafts. Yes, you're an oddball 😜 πŸ”²

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hspexy
hspexy5 months ago

I love anything free, and fabric swatches are not as easy to come by these days as they used to. I use them for arts and crafts, and sometimes to repair worn out items. They come in handy for upcycling

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angemski
angemski5 months ago

Although there have been loads lately, I am guilty of sharing two myself, I think the interest goes round in generation cycles. I've always enjoyed crafting but when I first started I couldn't get enough. There are as many uses as your imagination will allow. I would also prefer that there were more of the skincare/fragrance freebies but they are becoming scarce. πŸ˜‘

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RegularComper90
RegularComper90
Original Poster
5 months ago

The skincare/fragrance freebies are great. Can never have too much of those. πŸ™‚

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Pjran
Pjran5 months ago

I assumed people post the free swatches to get the points on this site.

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angemski
angemski5 months ago

Pjran I thinks that's a given but it has to be said that serious crafters are probably very grateful for them. Then there's the grass samples and wallpaper....... πŸ™„

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RegularComper90
RegularComper90
Original Poster
5 months ago

I guess I can understand why some people would want grass samples. They are good for if you want to add a little garden to a doll's house.

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angemski
angemski5 months ago

RegularComper90 I suppose you are correct - I had never even considered that one. I am clearly, but happy to be, in the odd club too. πŸ˜†

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ACES74
ACES745 months ago

RegularComper90 I've never actually posted a swatch freebie, but I've applied for every swatch freebie I can find!!! I'm proud to be that swatch girl oddball. Like angemski said there are countless uses only limited by your own sense of creativity. At the moment I am working with my friends daughter who is learning how to use her first sewing machine. We are making all kinds of things for her wooden dolls house and figures such as clothes, curtains, bedding, rugs, towels, even door mats and a shower curtain. I also use the flooring samples especially the waterproof ones as coasters under my plant pots. I recently used fabric swatches and refurbished my Mum's friends dining chair seat covers with patchwork different coloured suade. she was made up with the results, I'm quite chuffed with how they turned out too! Also working on an wall art piece using man-made fibres to depict natural ones. There are a lot of posts for these but the swatch hunters will all tell you that they're not all the same, especially the upper-market ones, the quality of the material is from one end of the quality range to the other. I'd never be that person who buys a pair of curtains for 2 grand but i'm certainly the one who wants free samples of that luxurious material. not above pretending to be an interior designer to request more than the stated amount either! What is it my Mum calls me, oh yeah ...'Bold as Brass' but really I'm just a 'Right Cheeky Cow'. Soz for the lecturesque comment but you did ask RegularComper90 lol. πŸ€— x

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ACES74
ACES745 months ago

RegularComper90 Now you're getting the idea! 😊 x

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gaelle0501
gaelle05015 months ago

ACES74 you are so creative. I'd love to see pictures of what you create from those fabric samples!

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ACES74
ACES745 months ago

gaelle0501 Thanks, if you'd really like to see some pics I'll put a few together, mostly create things for the joy of giving them to folks. Nurturing anything in yourself that brings out your creative side is the best thing ever for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety or just general stress. When engaging in C.B.T. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) they actively encourage creative crafting, it seems to tap into our imagination and reconnects us as adults with our childlike wonder and sense of fun. Xx

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Pjran
Pjran5 months ago

ACES74 oh that would be lovely. Might give me some inspiration to make something.

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angemski
angemski5 months ago

ACES74 It may be worth opening a new chat topic on this one - or it would piggy back a topic that really wasn't promoting fabric samples. πŸ˜† We could all add to it.

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ACES74
ACES745 months ago

lololol....oh that's so funny, side-tracked as ever I've only just recalled how the topic began! yeah spot on angemski , if I get some pics I'll post under chat as 'Fabric Sample Scenarios', 'Fun with Fabrics (ode to Sheldon, B.BangπŸ€“) or 'Fabric samples Stole My Freedom!' (ode to Take a Break πŸ€”) ...have to just say, no-one any age should reign in their inner oddball it's dangerous. πŸ˜‰ x

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joannecroston
joannecroston5 months ago

RegularComper90 i actually ordered grass samples and fabricswatch samples as i want to get a dolls house for my toddler and thpught theyd be great for that. Can use the fabric to make little curtains and rugs, and the grass for a little garden

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin5 months ago

I think they're great especially for those who have arts and crafts boxes they really do come in handy

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