I just went to a fabric store. I learned something. Apparently, $40 a yard is not an unheard-of price for good upholstery fabric (who knew?). In fact, it's pretty common for the price to be more. Twice as much, even.
So since I know the orange flower fabric will make me happy, and since I know I can't get much better for much cheaper, I'll just save my money and whine.
And hope I don't mess it up, because that's definitely money down the drain. And hope my dog doesn't chew it, because I can't be mad at my dog no matter how hard I try, and I will try very hard if he ruins my chair.
I also learned that I probably shouldn't go into a fabric store without money to spend, because being there makes my head want to explode with all the creative fabric-based things I could make (bags! quilts! dresses! pillows! chairs! curtains!).