source: Tania & Artur
Scavenge torn or stained clothes for buttons, zippers, decorative trims and shoulder pads. Reuse them on new items.
Buy Fabric On Sale
Only buy fabric on sale. If you don’t mind waiting a few months, virtually everything in fabric stores is eventually reduced.
Reuse Large Skirts
The fabric from out-of-style skirts can be restyled into blouses for adults or play clothes for kids.
Search Alternative Sources
Look for fabric on ebay, flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops. I’ve found some great bargains at “alternative” sources.
Consider Sheets, etc.
Sheet, tablecloths, and some types of curtains can be restyled as clothing.
Let Friends Know What You Need
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.
Use The Internet
There are plenty of free patterns on the internet. Peruse the freebies before you decide to pay for a pattern.
Buy Sale Patterns
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.
Buy Good Thread
Don’t try to save money buy skimping on thread. It’s one money saver that just isn’t worthwhile.
Borrow a Sewing Machine
Don’t go out and purchase a sewing machine right away. First try a few projects to make sure you will stick with your new interest.
Skip the Attachments
Most home sewers don’t need more than straight stitch, zig zag, button hole and zipper attachments. Skip the other attachments till you’re sure you will need them.
Try to avoid making any retail purchases without a coupon in hand. Michael’s and Joann Fabrics make coupons readily available.
Make sure you know where to find your scissors, pins, weights, etc. You never want to have to repurchase an item you already own.
You never know when you’ll need a small piece of black fabric for contrasting collar or pockets.
Swap With A Friend
Fabric you might find to bright or tasteless may be perfect your neighbor’s diaper bag project.