source: the green gables
Scavenge torn or stained clothes for buttons, zippers, decorative trims and shoulder pads. Reuse them on new items.
Only buy fabric on sale. If you don’t mind waiting a few months, virtually everything in fabric stores is eventually reduced.
Look on the reduced table of your local fabric store. I always find great bargains there.
The fabric from out-of-style skirts can be restyled into blouses for adults or play clothes for kids.
Look for fabric on ebay, flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops. I’ve found some great bargains at “alternative” sources.
Sheet, tablecloths, and some types of curtains can be restyled as clothing.
Let your friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives know that you sew. You will be surprised by how many people have leftover fabric from a project that was planned, but never was started.
There are plenty of free patterns on the internet. Peruse the freebies before you decide to pay for a pattern.
Patterns should only be purchased on sale. Approximately once a season they go on sale for 80% off.
Patterns are expensive. Preserve your patterns so that they can be used again and again.
If you are artistically inclined, consider learning to copy patterns or draft your own patterns. Amazon has several books on the subjects.
Don’t try to save money buy skimping on thread. It’s one money saver that just isn’t worthwhile.