I am new to all this sewing malarky so I apologise if this is a stupid question. I want to make this needle case for a friend - it says I need fabric that is 50 cm x 162 cm. All the fabric I can find online seems to be 110 cm wide, or in a few places 150 cm: does this mean I actually have to buy 162 cm of the damn stuff (or more like 175 I suppose) or is there wider fabric available that I am just missing? At something like 12 quid a metre (I'm on fancymoon and fabric rehab, is that foolish?) this is not going to be the budget gift I had envisaged!
Perfect sense thank you very much. So if I buy a bit of a normal width then cut it in half and sew it together to make a bit 162 cm? (Sorry if I am dense, just trying to imagine it). I thought I could use small bits for the pockets. I'd love to go to John Lewis but it is a Trek from here I have a hobbycraft, would that have some?
Cheapest place I have found for fabric (well, lightweight cotton and cotton blend fabrics anywy) is efabrics. I buy a lot of my fabric from them, especially the pindot fabrics as they are perfect for lining my bags and wallets etc.
It might not be trendy Cath Kidston et al but it is still nice fabric.
Duvet covers and sheets are good sources of cheap fabric actually, especially from charity shops!
But as I said, your best option if you already have fabric in mind is to buy a metre, cut it in half (to get your 50cm width) and sew the two pieces together to get the long length. You will have some left over but it's the best way to do it with minimal waste, buying 162 cm width of fabric will just give you silly amount of left over fabric and cost a lot more.