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    When the local Wal-Mart closed their fabric department I got 3 yards of a striped brocade and what I thought was a matching solid brocade of one of the colors in the stripe. Guess what...neither the color nor the textures match. And it's just far enough off that it would drive me nuts if I did the curtains I had planned to do with these fabrics.

    So here is the dilema. I want the colors in the stripes to be the colors in my dinningroom. They are harvest gold, olive green, and scarlet. Since I already have 4 tableclothes and 8 placemates what do I make with the fabrics? Can you direct me to some patterns that might work well with the brocades?

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    you could make a tablerunner, or toaster cover, etc.

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    you could make covers for your chairs.

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    I was thinking chair cushions.

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    Chair Cushions are a good idea. Of course it would have to wait until I bought new chairs. The ones I have are falling apart.

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    Do you have a buffet or cradenza, you could do a runner for the tops of them. My original thought was the chairs also. Maybe you could make the covers for the whole chair like they do at weddings.

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    I don't have nearly enough fabric for making covers for the whole chair. I wish I did because I think that would be beautiful. I do have a cradenza type shelving unit that I keep my big serving plates on. I might be able to come up with a runner for the different shelves. Thank you for the idea.

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    runners for the counter top, table runner, etc. to give color

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    table napkins?

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    What about making valances or covering cornice boards for your window?

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    Ok, I'm thinking and please let me know if I'm going overboard. I've got the striped fabric in 4 napkins so if I do 4 more that makes 8. The use the striped material to make a basket weave basket applique full of appliqued flowers from the wide stripes in the gold and scarlet and leaves in the olive green. Then do the back ground in black and the backing can be a solid piece of the mismatched brocade. Is that enough? I don't want to over do the stripe in the room but I want enough that it works as the focal fabric for the room.

    A valance wouldn't work because the curtains are a shimmery light beige floral print. They are great curtains but not what I want for this room really. BTW the curtains are floor to ceiling framing a 6 foot sliding glass door out to the deck.

    The Toaster is in the kitchen and has a muted golden yellow cover, and the color scheme in there are the fall colors, harvest gold, forest green, bronzy-scarlet on a cream background with touches of dark brown. I have matching hot pads and curtains in there and the counters are the mock forest green marble. I have golden yellow faux roses with green stems entwined in the cabinet rail at the top of the cabinets.

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    Just an idea but have you thought about contacting another wal-mart to see if they have any of that fabric. Not all wal-marts have closed their fabric depts. Ask your local wal-mart to contact the other stors.
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    That's a great idea. I'll talk to them the next time I go into town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    you could make covers for your chairs.
    First thing that popped into my mind. You can get the patterns at JA. I just picked up a bunch of different patterns when they were $1 each. Watch for their sales.

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    valance for your windows?

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