Joann's/Hancock both have great deals
on fabric and patterns, usually their best deals are around 3 day
holidays. You can speed your shopping time by looking through their
online fabric selection before going to the store. If they have deals on
patterns I think it is easier to look on the pattern manufactures
website before going to the store. I usually have a list with all the
numbers written down.
When I plan a project, I usually go to
either retailers website and see if they are running a deal on the
fabric that I need. If they aren't I usually just wait a couple of weeks
and it is sure to be 25%-50% cheaper.
Often times Joann's has a 50% off one regular item.
Joann's clearance fabric is called Red tag area, sometimes they do an additional 50% off the fabric.
Hancock clearance fabric is called Spot the Bolt, once in a while they do 50%, 60%, 70% off the regular price fabric.
I have had great success with Joann's Remnant fabric section, that is where I found the fabric for the Cuddle Soft blanket with Satin Ruffles.
The great thing about the Remnant section is that they give you 50% off
the current price, so if there was a 20% off sale for that type of
fabric then you would get that in addition to 50% discount on remnant
fabric. If you are getting fabric cut at Joann's and there is less than a
yard left on the bolt after yours fabric cut they will ask you if you
are interested in remnant fabric, in which they will give you the 50%
discount on the current price.
Both retailers offer mail flyers and e-mail flyers to help you be aware of current prices.
unless I have Slim Jim as back up I don't take Ryder into the store.
One time I made the mistake of going into Hancock alone with the kids
and it involved Ryder being a dead sprint with a shopping cart, me
running after him shouting, "No!....Ryder!.....STOP!" The lady from
Hannock that was cutting my fabric got him stopped by putting up both
her arms straight out and saying firmly, "STOP!" he stopped immediately
but it was within inches of hitting her and running into half the bolts
in the store.