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Savings Made by Sewing {Fabric}!

Are you ready? I am beyond excited for this series! Today we are kicking off our month-long series, “Savings Made by Sewing” – a place where you can find helpful tips and stories on how to save money in all areas of sewing. This week we begin with saving money on fabric!

Savings Made by Sewing {Fabric} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {}

Fabric is my favorite! I may have been known to snuggle up with my piles of freshly received fabric or walk down the aisles touching each and every single bolt I can reach. Is that just me? Please tell me I’m not alone in my love of fabric…


I’m not made of money.

I can’t buy every fabric I want.

And I do like to find good deals.

So, how do I do it?!

I upcycle. A lot.

I splurge when it matters.

I catch sales.

I give good hints on what I’d like for Christmas…and birthday…and Mother’s Day…and World Textile Day (it’s real, seriously).

I resist. I practice the art of delayed gratification. And that is probably the biggest tip I have for you today. I’ve been known to place fabric in my cart at my favorite online shops only to let it sit there for days, even weeks. I return to it later and realize I don’t really need it after all. I’ve done the same thing in the store.

Back in 2013 I set a goal to not purchase any new clothes for myself or my two kids. I could purchase used, receive hand-me-downs or sew anything without restrictions. As you can see below, that saved me a tremendous amount of money on clothes! Going from spending about $450 to $112 – saving about $340 in one year! Since then I’ve added a child and gave myself a little leeway in 2014. But in 2015 I’ve been really convicted to not purchase anything new (except shoes), and have spent less than $20  all year so far for myself and my three kids.  I did purchase sewing supplies and fabric instead of clothing items (I’ll fill you in on all that later), but overall my spending was still less.

Saving Money on Fabric {Sew Thrifty |} Clothing spending from 2012-2015. Sewing can save you money!


And yes, I may have had more fun making that graph than sewing some of the clothes for my kids. I’m a math nerd at heart. What can I say?

And, I’m not the only one with amazing ways to score inexpensive or even FREE fabric, so I’ve asked four bloggers to share their experiences this week.

Grab your virtual notepads and get writing because these tips are going to be just what you need to get you started!

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11 thoughts on “Savings Made by Sewing {Fabric}!”

  1. I’m so excited for this series! I’m also a fan of delayed gratification, it always pays to not buy something immediately – whether it’s because you realise you don’t actually need it, or (my personal favourite), because you find it with 50% off in the sale a month later!

  2. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!! I am an avid upcycler, and while I do buy some fabric I try hard to only do so if I can save 50% or more. I’m at the point now that i pretty much only buy shoes (and socks), 90% of everything else is made by me, a gift, or a handme down. Ocassionaly I grab something at a local consignment store, but mosty only with store credit from selling back gently used things. Can’t wait to see all that you have in store this week!!!!

  3. When I wanted to make curtains for my bathroom I bought a cloth shower curtain from a thrift store for .99 and had more than enough fabric in the color I wanted.

    1. I did that just this past weekend Stephanie! I went to check out (for real) and realized I had a ton of yards from a previous date. And realized how much I didn’t really need them. I had totally forgotten I even had them in my cart. 🙂

  4. Enjoying this. I confess to worrying more about saving money on other things in order to buy fabric than saving money when I buy fabric. I do love to upcycle, though, and lately I’ve been given tons of free fabric – free is always good!

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