Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} with Lulu & Celeste

We are wrapping up this week on supplies with Ula from Lulu & Celeste. Just last month Ula hosted a Canadian Pattern Designers Tour; I love that she highlighted these designers to give us all some inspiration! Today, she’s here to tell us 5 ways to save money on sewing supplies:


Hi! My name is Ula and I blog over at Lulu & Celeste. I mostly blog about the projects I’ve sewn for my two girls, and from time to time I even share some tutorials I’ve done. Today I’m here with 5 simple tips for helping you to save money on sewing supplies!


 5 Tips for Saving Money on Sewing Supplies

1. If you’re on the hunt for a sewing machine, doing your research is probably the most important tip out there. While you’re looking for a machine, you may come across what seems like a fantastic deal on a sewing machine that turns out really was too good to be true. Here are a few links to get you started:

Consumer Reports – Sewing Machine Guide

Vintage Singer manuals

International Sewing Machine Collectors Society

Singer sewing machine. Photo by rickpilot_2000 // cc
Singer sewing machine. Photo by rickpilot_2000 // cc

2. After you’ve done a bit of research, check out online sites like Craigslist, Freecycle and eBay. As well, search for yard sale/garage sale groups on Facebook for your area as well as destash fabric groups if you’re looking for fabric. People don’t always have the time to hold garage sales and will sell their items online instead. You can often find people destashing fabric, supplies and sewing machines in these groups for good prices.

Also, check garage sales and estate sales. If it’s garage sale season, it might be worth your while to spend some Saturday mornings going around to garage sales. I’ve found fabric and buttons in the past for good deals. Along that vein, my hubby once found a sewing machine with a table out by the curb.

Check out thrift shops for fabric and machines. The local Value Village has a small fabric section, and the prices there are good. I once found 4 meters uncut of vintage (late 70s) cotton woven fabric for just $3. The clothing they sell is overpriced (like really, why would I buy that slightly stained, used kids’ Walmart brand tee for $5 when I can get it brand new on sale for $3?!), but the fabric is a good deal.

3. Repurpose. I often cut up my now too big tops and pants to make clothing for my girls. I don’t just use the fabric,  but I also remove the zippers, buttons and any other embellishments to be reused for other projects.

upcycled projects
Some projects I’ve done using upcycled fabrics and notions.

4. Keep an eye on the remnant bin at your fabric shop. At my store they will sometimes put together these small packages of notions for cheap. They might include packages of buttons that are missing one or two, a package of twill tape that was opened. Basically, things they can’t sell at full price anymore. They also have remnant fabric for sale and often times for a very good price. Even better is when my local store has an extra sale of 3 remnants for $5; sometimes the remnant is nearly a full meter!

5. Become a member of your local fabric store. Many stores offer special discounts for members and/or will even have member-only sales. Sometimes there is a small yearly fee for membership, but it might be worth it if you make lots of fabric purchases.

Have fun with it! I hope these tips help you out!

link to image credit in cover photo: Damian Gadal //cc


I LOVE these tips! It wasn’t until this series began that I really thought about using thrifted notions and why not?! How do you save on your supplies?

That’s it for this week. Come back next week for some general tips on saving money and some inspiration!

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2 thoughts on “Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} with Lulu & Celeste”

  1. Great tips! I love the picture of the vintage Singer! Just keep in mind that these old machines are pretty finicky, if you can get them going at all. Most are used for display only, but if you have some patience, they are still functional!

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