Who doesn’t love saving some money right? With how things are going nowadays with global regression and everything, everyone (at least everyone that I know) is trying to cut cost wherever and whenever they can.
That being said, many are compromising the hobbies they love because they are concerned about the expenses. Luckily for us who love to sew, that can be avoided.
Here are some ideas on how to get cheap or free fabrics.
Beddings/ Bedsheets – What’s great about using bed sheets is that aside from you probably already have an unused one in your top (or bottom) drawer, they are also a time saver. As long as you plan everything right, you wouldn’t have to sew hems and/ or seams.
Pillowcases – You can probably get one for a few cents on year-end sale and it wouldn’t hurt to buy a few even if you don’t really need new pillowcases yet. These pillowcases can be made into nightgowns or summer tops for your little ones.
Tablecloths – These wide fabrics can be made into almost anything. The next time you get a stain on one of your tablecloths, don’t just throw them away, get creative and think of what project you can do after cutting away the stained part.
Curtains – Same idea as the bedsheet really, take advantage of the sewed edges and the wide fabric.
Some unwanted clothes can be made into a new piece of clothing. You can turn a skirt into a girls dress for example. My daughter once turned an old pair of leggings into a long-sleeved crop top. Just let your creativity flow. There are endless possibilities.
Check out this article for creative ways to recycle denim.
And this article about ways to upcycle old t-shirts.
You know the free and wanted section? You can ask for fabrics that others don't want anymore. The same goes for your local freecycle community. You can even directly ask your family members, friends or your church congregation. Just let them know what type of fabric you need and most likely they’ll be happy to get rid of those they have no longer use for.
Facebook Marketplace is a convenient and accessible platform for finding cheap or even free fabric. With its diverse range of fabric options and the ability to filter searches by location, users can discover unique and uncommon materials suitable for various projects. The platform also provides an opportunity to connect with local sellers, fostering a sense of community and enabling cost-saving measures such as negotiating deals and avoiding shipping costs. Additionally, joining buy-and-sell groups and fabric-focused communities on Facebook Marketplace allows users to network, exchange knowledge, and gain insights into upcoming sales or hidden fabric gems in their area. Overall, Facebook Marketplace is a valuable resource for those seeking affordable fabric, offering a wide selection and a vibrant community of fabric enthusiasts.
Craigslist is a valuable resource for finding cheap or free fabric. By exploring the “Materials” category, particularly the “Free” or “Fabric” subcategories, you can discover a wide range of fabric options. Pay attention to the seller's details and communicate effectively to ensure a smooth transaction. If necessary, arrange a safe meeting location when dealing with local sellers. With persistence, you can turn someone else's unwanted fabric into the foundation for your creative projects.
Local community boards are a great resource for finding cheap or free fabrics. These boards, whether physical or online, provide a platform for community members to share information, exchange goods, and connect with others. By actively participating, you can find listings offering leftover fabrics, scraps, or larger pieces from individuals, businesses, or community organizations. Engaging in conversations and attending textile-related events hosted by the community can also lead to acquiring fabrics through swaps or donations. Utilizing local community boards allows you to tap into the collective resources of your area and connect with fellow fabric enthusiasts while saving money.
Trade With Other Home Sewists
Sewing is one of the best hobbies for people who like collecting. Any long-time sewist knows how quickly your storage spaces can fill with fabric you swear that you don't even remember buying. The good side of this is that your sewing friends can be an excellent source of interesting and practically free fabric. One of my favorite things to do is to trade different fabrics with my friends, oftentimes you'll be surprised at the interesting things some people have hidden away at the back of their sewing room. The great thing about this method is that its a win-win-win, one you both avoid wasting fabric and space, two you get to share time doing your favorite hobby, and three you get to trade something you'd likely never use for something you actually want.