I am here to enable your crafting addiction! Here are 5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Crafts and Fabric that I’ve picked up over the years. These tips are simple, and only require a little extra effort to save you some hard earned cash. While I love sewing, it’s not the money saver that it was for generations past. These days you need to be smart with how you spend your money.
5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Crafts and Fabric:
1. Check the remnant bin
Most of the patterns on this website currently require a yard or less of fleece (like the basic fleece pant or the Parade scarf). This is perfect for remnants! Most stores consider a yard or less on the bolt a remnant.
Now here’s the big secret and this has worked a couple of times for me at the local Joann’s. If the fabric is on sale, then you get to use both discounts.
So for example yesterday I picked up 1 yard of remnant fleece. The fleece was on sale for 40% which knocked down the price to $6.60. Then because it was a remnant and additional 50% was taken making the final price of the yard $3.30 (WOW such a great deal!).
Store policies vary so be sure to check with the store to see if it will work for you. But always check the remnants first – there is usually a decent selection and you’ll save your hard earned cash!
2. Mix Patterns and Solids
3. Host a Crafty Supplies Swap
Gather up all those still useful supplies and tell your friends to do the same. Invite them all over with their supplies for some chatting and munchies. Then bargain and swap craft supplies!
Not only will you exchange supplies, but ideas as well. Be sure to ask what they bought the item for and any tips they have. It’s also a great way to get to know the crafty side side of friends better.
4. Shop Online
5. Saving on Specialty Fabrics
Ruffle Fabric has taken the sewing blogosphere by storm. I confess that even I, a lover of fleece have been taken by it’s charms. It’s girly, it makes it look like you did hours of work and it only takes minutes.
It really only has one flaw: the cost. In some quilt shops I have seen this fabric as high as $21 a yard.
I was able to find the ruffle fabric in the knit section at Hobby Lobby for $11 a yard (much better than $21!). But wait there’s more! You can download a coupon off of the Hobby Lobby Website (here) for 40% off one item that’s not on sale.
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