Fabric, Fabric, Everywhere!

So, before I dive right in, I want to say thank you for all the sweet comments about the craziness of my life last week. I {heart} my bloggy friends!
Retail therapy does wonders for a girl's soul but I'm sure some of ya'll already knew that. It's okay, I won't tell. ;) My stress relief session began at Dollar Tree where I picked up new baskets for my library makeover.

Their basket colors will match my owl theme perfectly next year so I was a happy girl!

My next stop was JoAnn's. I was on the hunt for the perfect bulletin board fabric.
I've been using fabric for the past few years on my boards and it's a MILLION times better than your regular paper.
For one- just check out your options! Hello, color!
So what are the benefits of fabric?
Well, not only do you have a gazillion color/pattern choices, but the fabric stretches really easily to remove all bubbles and wrinkles. No more droopy paper or having to layer it because the paper isn't wide enough...then you're looking at that layout line. {BLAH} For the perfectionists like me out there, this is what sold me on the idea! I also love the fact that it doesn't fade!! You can leave something up for a month, take it down, and not have to change the paper because you can see the outline of the last project. Talk about a time saver!

The past 2 years I've used bright solid colored fabrics but now that I'm planning to change my theme for next year I figured a trip to the fabric store was simply a must.

The cute owls were in plenty on the shelves. Just a little too busy for my taste.
I knew I wanted something that would compliment my owl theme without causing so much noise on the board that would take away from the work posted.

 I kept moving and found these possibilities...
 Here's my top choices...
I love these babies because they match my color scheme and add a little texture without causing too much distraction in pattern.

In the end, I left empty handed.

I couldn't decide.

Maybe once I move into my new room and begin unpacking, I'll have a better feel for the fabric I need. I want it to look like it fits into the room, not like I bought something and need to make it fit.

Do you use fabric too? Do you love it?

If you've never tried fabric before- you should give it a shot!
I know that I'll never go back.


  1. Ahhhhh I love looking at fabric! Love the polka dots!
    Teachable Moments

  2. I wish my dollar tree had that many basket choices! They match that Owl theme colors perfectly! I can't wait to see your final classroom!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  3. I own a bunch of those blue and green baskets from the Dollar Tree!! I bought them for my library last year and they are great! Also, I JUUUUST got back from The Dollar Tree. While I was there I found smaller baskets that coordinate perfectly with the blue and green ones- only now they have hot pink and purple too. So of course I bought some in every color, even though I'm not sure exactly how I'll use them yet. I have a problem LOL! But I can't wait to see your room because I love your color choices and the owls!!

    Falling Into First

    Ps. I am having a big 100 Follower Giveaway and would love for you to come check it out!

  4. I just read tour last posts.
    I feel your pain at the messy classroom. I always inherit those classrooms.
    But your are going to love second grade! I am looping with my firsties too.
    Love your classroom colors, I try to use them too... but my budget is really tight this year.

  5. I have not tried using fabric yet- I use contact paper. It's great except for when you are trying to put it up, but I love how it doesn't fade or come off.

    Swimming Into Learning
    PS- Come check out my giveaway :)

  6. I got some black baskets from my Dollar Tree a few weeks ago. Love the Dollar Tree. I like all the fabric you picked. I think I like the last fabric you shared. Green with texture on it.


  7. Hmm I never thought to use fabric... Sounds like a good idea though!! I'm a crazy perfectionist but the lines in the BB paper don't seem to bother me, lol.
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  8. I've always used black fabric but this year I went with black with big white polka dots. They were making me dizzy so I covered it with tons of my student's work. I say go with a solid color. It can still have texture but the patterns make you dizzy. Maybe it was just the polka dots?

  9. I started using fabric last year. I have a cupcake themed classroom and the number of cupcake themed fabrics was crazy! My kids loved all the cupcakes - and since we have so many anchor charts and things to hang up, it wasn't distracting because most of them were completely covered up!

    At the beginning of the school year last year, the Dollar Tree had pink,lime green, and baby blue "locker bins" that I bought and students used to organize their cubbies (we have desk/table things without storage). I haven't seen them at our dollar tree since September. I see them in your picture though! Lol.

    I can't wait to see your classroom.

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  10. I use fabric and I LOVE it! I put it up 2 years ago for my frog theme and haven't had to change it since. The colors are still as bright as the day I put them up and such a time saver.

  11. I think you've talked me into using fabric for my bulletin boards this year!!

    A Pirates Life for Us

  12. Hahaha! You are too funny! I love reading your posts! I have used fabric, but last year bought the fade resistant paper. Love it!

    Keri :)

  13. I NEVER thought to use fabric! Wow... you've inspired me! :) I'm so glad I found your cute blog... I'm a new follower!
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  14. Your classroom is going to look great! Can't wait to see pictures of it.
    Conversations in Literacy

  15. I use fabric and love it! I have tried different colors and prints (lots of insect and animal choices for the science lab), but always end up back to black fabric with some kind of polka dot border. Everything just pops on the black. :)
    I love your theme and your baskets!


  16. Hi! I just found your blog and am going to give you my two cents. Instead of paper or fabric, I use paint. I LOVE IT!!! There are so many colors to choose from and once it's up, it's up forever. I painted all of my bulletin boards light blue a few years ago. They are still in perfect shape. (Yes, if you look close there are small holes from where the staples/pins/tacks were, but these are really small and don't bother me.)

    I am moving classrooms this summer. The first thing on my to do list: Paint my new boards. (Oh, the teacher moving into my old room is thrilled with my boards!!!)
    An Open Door

  17. I love fabric!!! I really like that last green shade, so pretty (though they are all lovely). I am envious of your Dollar Tree container section...it looks so large compared to my local Dollar Tree!! Thanks so much for linking up!

  18. I use fabric too! I also have used sheets that I had around the house. Easy and free!

  19. Love the dollar store baskets! I tried fabric this year, but it was all wrinkly, so I just used paper. Maybe I'll try it again :) Love your blog...I'm your newest follower!

    Living A Wonderful Life

  20. Wow! Look at all the pretty containers at Dollar Tree! Wish our store had that kind of selection.

  21. I love all of your fabric! My theme last year was owls. I've been using fabric on my bulletin boards for years too. So much easier and nicer! Enjoy your summer!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox

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