Furniture and upholstery shops usually toss fabric samples once they're discontinued. Upholsterers may sell or toss scraps and remnants, depending on the size. Fabric stores and outlets sell remnants once the bolt is nearly empty. You can find previously used yardage -- in the form of vintage clothing, tablecloths, bedspreads, and draperies -- at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.
All of those gorgeous fabrics you can find free or nearly free may seem too small to use for home decorating projects. They're not. While you probably can't recover your sofa with scrap yardage, try these 17 things to make with fabric samples, scraps, and remnants.