Tapestries (not true tapestries, which are handwoven decorative textiles, but the big sheets of fabric with hemmed edges) make great makeshift dorm room headboards or coverups for ugly furniture. They are also a source for inexpensive fabric. Urban Outfitters has been selling tapestries for a long time (I even remember them marketing the tapestries as fabric for a brief period a few years ago). I admit to continuing to buy them despite their allegedly shaky business practices. Usually I pick them up on clearance, but even at the full cost of $36, a 90 x 108″ tapestry is a pretty good deal — that yields six yards 45″ wide fabric, which comes to $6/yard. It’s not the highest quality fabric — expect lots of shrinkage, fading, and don’t use it for anything that will get lots of wear — but sometimes I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well it holds up.