Tips on How To Coordinate Fabrics


“Ya Gotta Co-ooordinate”

Not to rip off John Witherspoon’s famous saying from the movie Boomerang but, it’s true. In order to take something from mediocre to excellent, ya gotta know how to coordinate. Mixing and matching your own fabrics is a fabulous way to express your creativity and personal style. If you struggle with coordinating the right fabrics, we’ve included a few tips to help you along the way.

Coordinating fabrics in any of your sewing projects is just as important as the actual construction. From our previous blog on Coordinating Fabrics, you’ll be happy to know that J&O Fabrics is now working on adding matching coordinates to just about every fabric we carry.

Anyhow, most home decor textile manufacturers come out with new lines each season jam-packed with coordinate collections complete with decorative florals, stripes, supersoft chenille upholstery and more. In any given catalogue, a whole living room will be decked out with a complete set of fabrics to upholster the couch, ottoman, chaise lounge and even make drapes and decorative pillows. All this is excellent! However, not everyone wants a cookie cutter living room, sometimes you may want to mix and match fabrics on your own to suit your own tastes. So. . . you’ll need to have some idea on just how to do it.

Firstly, feel free to express yourself and not be shackled by trends. Trends will come and go. Just because everyone matches florals with stripes doesn’t mean that you have to. If you follow the reasoning behind why florals match well with stripes, you should be okay matching on your own.

While coordinating, one idea is to create balance with contrast. A straight line will contrast with a circle. Dark will contrast light. A tight structure will contrast with chaos and something large will contrast with something very small.

Here are a few examples of how these ideas manifest themselves on fabric combinations.


Linear to Circular


Busy to Textural (Plain)


Large to Small



Going along with the idea of creating balance by contrast, another way to blend fabrics is to combine HOT with COOL colors. Hot colors include, reds, oranges, yellows etc. And COOL colors include, greens and blues. In a project full of hot warm colors, a cool colored accent may be just the key to creating a perfect balance. Take a look at these examples.


You may also want to consider combining Contrasting Colors. The Contrasting Colors include
Blue/Yellow
Green/Red
Purple/Orange


Overall, texture, color, print, and scale all play a part in how well two fabrics will match. These principles can be explained further in an upcoming blog.

If you follow the above guidelines and focus on creating balance
through contrast your coordinating adventures should prove to be both
rewarding and a lot of fun!

J&O Fabrics. . . sew many possibilities


If you’re in the area, visit our store in Pennsauken, New Jersey, right
outside of Philadelphia. The size of a supermarket, we have the largest
selection of fabrics in New Jersey! Everything we carry is not on our website, so if you’re in the area, check us out and browse our
fabric aisles.

J&O Fabric Center
9401 Route 130 South

Where Rt.73 and 130 meet

Pennsauken, New Jersey 08110

856-663-2121
[email protected]

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