This is a continuation from my first Cheap Seamstress post. If you have any money saving sewing tips you love, please leave a comment!
Research and Compile
Blogs, Pinterest, and YouTube can provide you a free online sewing education. For every technique, there are at least 3 or 4 tutorials online that can walk you through it. I have an entire Pinterest board of “Free Sewing Instructables” full of the tutorials and free patterns that I found online. I also have “Sewing Inspiration” and “Costumes” boards for future projects.
The Facts (Ruffle My Petticoat Skirt)
|Fabric||Two colors of muslin|
|Notions||1″ elastic band|
Know Your Return Policies
Save time and gas money by familiarizing yourself with the return policy of your local fabric stores. Yes, you can return cut fabric as some locations but try not to abuse it. Tip: return your unused supplies after you finish your project. You would think this is obvious, but you don’t realize how important this is until you find yourself running out of thread at 2am.
- Jo-Ann Fabrics
- Hancock Fabrics
- Pacific Fabrics (No returns on cut fabric/notions)
- Hobby Lobby
Embrace mailing lists
Weekly circulars in the mail or website for chain craft stores, like Jo-Ann Fabrics, will keep your aware of any coming sales. The email they send will not only tell you about what’s available but will also contain valuable coupons that could be as high as 20% off your entire purchase. Use them when you need them, but remember there will be another one in a few weeks.
Finally, never pay full price for a pattern from the 4 major brands (Simplicity, Butterick, McCall’s, and Vogue). The big stores will eventually have these brands on sale with a steep discount (99 cents for the first three and $3.99 for Vogue).
Friends who sew are awesome. I can’t say that enough. They are a wealth of information and encouragement. And, every once in a while, you can swap fabric and clothes with them to refresh your stash. What might be scraps for one person, might turn into a skirt for someone else. 🙂
The Facts (Day at the Airshow Skirt)
|Pattern||Burda Young 8118 plus BurdaStyle Obi Apron Belt|
|Fabric||Airplane quilting fabric and red linen acquired from a friend who was cleaning out her stash
White muslin for a lining
|Notions||12” red zipper|
|Lesson learned||How to line a pleated skirt|