Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sewing As Cheaply As Possible!

As most of you know, sewing is no longer a cheap hobbie.  Most times, I find it costs more to sew than to just go out and make a purchase, so we as sewers have to start to be more creative in making our purchases.  First, I never make a purchase at JoAnn's, Hancock's etc. without using a coupon.  If you watch their ads, you can get patterns for $1.99 or cheaper.  I would never pay the regular price for a pattern.  I always wait until they are on sale.  I just start a list of pattern numbers I am interested in and then make my purchases during the sale.  Always use a coupon when buying material at these stores.  Also be sure to look at the mark down section.  You would be surprised at the bargains you can get there. 

Now for other material purchases, do not be afraid to use tablecloths, sheets, especially flannel kid's sheets, and also look at shower curtains.  These items give you wide yardage to sew with.  If you need an item to be water repellent, be sure and look at shower curtains!  I first learned this trick many years ago.  I made a pair of pants and wanted a vest to match it.  Well, it was an unusual color and I could not find a match anywhere.  I even looked out of town.  Then in a little craft shop I saw a tablecloth that was just the color I needed.  I asked myself, could I use this?????  Who would know???  Would someone say, are you wearing a tablecloth???  Well I ended up buying it and I still where that vest.  Here is a picture of it. 


No one has ever said that it looked like a table cloth! Now, I always browse those departments when I shop
and watch for mark downs.  If you see something cute, I would grab it. 

A few more places to look for fabric are your Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  These are places where material is usually donated.  I have found many large rolls of material in these stores.  Be sure to watch garage sales also, sometimes ladies will be cleaning out their stash of material.  

Look at buttons also at your favorite stores.  Buttons are not cheap and sometimes you can find cheap ones on a blouse or jacket at Goodwill and Salvation Army.  It is worth picking up the item just for the bling!! 

Here is also a part of the article from www.moneysavingmom.com where a young mother  has learned these techniques and had fun sewing for her daughters.

Instead of buying fabric on the bolt, she began looking for other items made of fabric that she could use instead. For example, on a recent trip to Target, she found two cotton tablecloths in adorable floral prints for only $6.99 each. At 102 in. x 60 in., she scored more than three yards of fabric from each tablecloth at 60 inches wide rather than the standard 45 inches, more than enough to make three simple summer dresses for all of her girls from each print.

She also found cute prints in fabric shower curtains, curtain panels, throws and even bedsheets. She and her best friend just made skirts and hairbows for their daughters from a patterned $2 crib sheet that was elasticized all around, providing instant waistbands!

Good job Saskia!!  Hope you can use some of these tips!!  Happy Sewing!  Cindy

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