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Sourcing Thrifted Sewing Materials

Updated: Jul 30

On your way to the cash register, you grab 2 spools of thread and a pack of buttons… BAM, you just spent $120.00 on one project. Yikes… I love creating and do it of plenty, I don’t know about you, but if every project I do cost $120.00.


Fabric stores are beautiful and full of color, they allow your creative imagination to explore. Filling your cart with bolts of texture galore, the cutting table is your last stop before checkout. After small talk, 6 yards of cut fabric plus 6 yards of trim, your cutting slip is handed to you. On your way to the cash register, you grab 2 spools of thread and a pack of buttons… BAM, you just spent $120.00 on one project. Yikes… I love creating and do it of plenty, I don’t know about you, but if every project I do cost $120.00. Then I can do a sum of 1 project a month, and that just doesn’t work for me.


Fix this issue, shop for your fabric and notions at thrift stores, tag sales, and your friends closets. Finding exactly what a pattern calls for can be tricky, but keeping your eye out for the gems can really make a project. Think outside of the box, grab items that contain a lot of fabric and minimal seams. Sheets, curtains, and large dresses are always worth a double glance. Jackets and skirts are also popular sections of mine to browse. When looking for notions the amount of fabric doesn’t matter, look for buttons, clasps, zippers, and what ever else you need for your project. A section often left out and usually a treasure trove is the craft area, this is where I am most likely to find trims. On a recent hunt for project supplies, I was able to snag 4 yards of matching fabric from sheets, another 2 yards that worked as an accent, 7 yards of trim from set of curtains, 2 packs worth of buttons from a long dress, and 8 spools of thread. Yeehaw… I only spent $50, literally more than 50% less than from the fabric store.

Now, I’m not saying I boycott fabric stores and that they are not valuable in their own manner. I’m just saying if I can save money on any project, I’m going to.


-Shaynelle Francis

Owner and Designer

www.thriftedboutique.com

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