Economical Sewing Fabric Sources
Sewing fabric on the cheap from unexpected resources!

Finding economical sewing fabric sources is not as impossible as it may seem. Although finding sewing fabric on the cheap may seem impossible and the cost of supplies can be enough to stop someone from trying a new craft or hobby, economical sewing fabric is readily available. After years and years of sewing, I promise I do not have a hidden bank account that allows me to sew. It's as simple as learning the sources that are all around you and knowing the tricks of the trade when it comes to shopping for new fabric. I have heard people mention that they walked in a fabric store and walked right back out when they saw the prices. Sewing is a wonderful creative hobby but the stores can stop you in your tracks if you don't know how to not pay that price you see on the stickers! There are tricks to buying fabric and notions are tremendous discounts but before you decide to go buy new fabric to learn how to sew, there are other fabric sources that are going to cost you a lot less than fabric stores even when you know the tricks of the trade.

The Rag Bin

Every one has clothes or linens that are too good to throw away but at the same time, you have no intention of ever using that item or wearing it ever again. Take this opportunity to look at those items a fabric. Many items require only a small amount of fabric that can easily be found within a garment even if the garment has rips or stains. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that it can be more difficult to find the straight grain of the fabric if you are not familiar with basic garment construction. Although some garments are cut on the bias and use a bias grain, in most garments the straight grain can be found by the straight line of the pants leg, the center front or back of a skirt or the crease of a long sleeve. The lengthwise grain can also be found in skirts and dresses by realizing the the straight grain is usually in the length of the garment, perpendicular to the floor.Being familiar with how the grain lines are marked on most clothing patterns helps you recognize the lengthwise grain in a ready made garment so you can reuse the fabric.
fabric grainlines in clothing
The Linen Closet
How many old towels are in the back of your linen closet. Even a towel with frayed edges, that you've been saving to wash the car, can be a piece of fabric for something like a baby bib or pot holder padding.That miss-matched or stained sheet can be great fabric for testing the fit of a new pattern or experimenting with something like a throw pillow. Drapes, curtains, bedspreads and other bedding are a great supply of fabric for other home decorating projects, be it a cushion cover or throw pillows.
Local Thrift Stores
Goodwill, Salvation Army, Thrift Farms and so many other second hand stores are offering a huge assortment of used clothing at discount prices. Have you ever browsed the clothing in a thrift store and thought the styles were too out dated for you to wear? Did you ever look at the item as fabric? A gown that is old, perhaps even with a stain or worn where it dragged on the ground, is a good supply of, in most cases, expensive fabric that you can use to make a short dress or skirt which will totally change the look of the item you are seeing at the thrift store. Wedding gowns are looked for by special people who sew burial gowns for infants. They convert that gown into something that is cherished by parents when the unthinkable happens by making Angel Gowns.
Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales
These sales are cleaning out. You'll be surprised just how much fabric and sewing supplies someone who has sewn for years may be parting with through this type of sale and it's almost always at a fraction of what they originally paid for the sewing items. Many times you will find boxes full of fabric, patterns and sewing supplies at a "lot" price which is always a bargain.
Bargain Stores
Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. Those bargainstores may hold a treasure of fabric but it isn't being sold as fabric. Bargain fleece blankets, bedding and other home goods are all made of fabric and many times those items are sold for less than we canpay per yard of fabric. A seam ripper is your friend for ripping out hems and corners on bedding if youneed to but many items can be done without going near those sewn details. Fbric Stores
Always ask about coupons, email lists and snail maillists that your fabric store may offer. Shop the sales, the clearance and save the coupons for an item that is not on sale. Don't let the prices that you see when you walk in the door scare you away! There are hidden bargains to be found!
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