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20 Ways to Save Money Sewing {On Everything}!

If there’s something I’ve learned over the past month it’s that I am continually learning. I do love to learn, but I tend to think I know quite a bit too. However, when my outstanding guests gave me their ideas, I learned something new every time. Every. Time! I am so inspired to organize, stretch myself to try new techniques, and even pay a little more than I would normally have, knowing that it’s an investment.

20 Ways to Save on Everything Sewing! Fabric, patterns, supplies, organizing! | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Save Money on Fabric

1. My secrets to saving money

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

2. Upcycle fabrics

3. Buy quality fabric

Create this beautiful white dress inspired by the Zimmerman dress Kate Middleton wore in Australia last year. See the details and alterations made to the Simplicity pattern for the Recreating Kate series.

4. Use a project budget

5. Think outside the box

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Save Money on Patterns

6. 5 ways to get FREE patterns

5 Ways to Sore FREE Patterns, Savings Made by Sewing {Patterns} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

7. Invest in Ottobre

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8. 5 more ways to find cheap or free patterns

9. Use patterns from books

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10. Organize your patterns

Pattern Organization

11. 8 reasons for when to buy that pattern

8 Reasons to Invest in a Patter {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Save Money on Supplies

12. Rethink how you look at sewing supplies

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

13. Maintain your machine!

Tips for Maintaining Your Sewing Machine. Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} a series by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

14. DIY your own cutting table (with storage!)

15. Redo your craft room for less than $100

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16. 5 tips for saving money on supplies

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17. 6 tips for saving money (with a sewing twist)

General Sewing and Saving Tips by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

18. Use your library!

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19. 5 crafty ways to extend the life of those clothes

Make Do and Mend by Willow & Stitch for Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

20. Inexpensive and DIY organizational ideas

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A HUGE thanks to all the ladies who participated in this series! Be sure to check them out as they continue to sew and craft amazing clothes, accessories, and other items.Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
Feather’s Flights | Mabey She Made It | Phat QuartersVicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
Sew a Straight Line | House of Estrela | Sew Straight and Gather | A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
Bernina Sewing, Etc. | Pretty PracticalFinn’s Door | Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
 From-a-Box |  Willow & Stitch | Knot Sew Normal

Savings Made by Sewing with Knot Sew Normal

Today is the last of my amazing guest bloggers for the series, and she does not disappoint! I’ve had the honor of working with Jonie on an ebook – all about sewing for boys – and I love the crafty things she does with her kiddos. Today, though, she is finishing off the saving series with a bang, You’ve got to check out all her great organizational ideas!

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Hello Everyone!! I’m Jonie; I blog over at Knot Sew Normal and also at Sewing With Boys. I am so excited to be here to share my tips with you. I will be honest with you. I had a completely different post written, but I felt the need to change it up. I decided to tell you about organizing all your sewing goodies on a budget. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get organized; in some cases you don’t have to spend any money. What is the point in saving money on fabric, patterns and notions if you can’t find it when it comes time to sew. I have been a bit under the weather for awhile and when I am feeling good and want to sew, I don’t want to have to sift through all my stuff to be able to sew so I have been focusing on getting all my stuff organized. I just want to grab what I need and get to sewing.
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First up are my buttons. I have a ton of buttons that belonged to my great-grandmother. When I got the buttons, they were in this cool vintage tin. I love the tin, but I was spending a crazy amount of time looking for matching buttons when I needed them. I love these multi-compartment boxes for small notions. My tip for you is DON’T buy these at a fabric store or in the craft section. Head over to the hardware section; they are usually $3 or $4 dollars cheaper in the hardware section. Bonus points if you have a Harbor Freight near you. I got this box there for $3.00 a few months ago. I have also scored several other things I use for sewing at Harbor Freight, including a magnetic dish for my pins ($2), a metal ruler ($.79) and a set of ABC metal stamps.

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Here is a project that will cost you next to nothing. I cut a cereal box in 1/2 to store my binding and trims in. I am planning on covering them with scrapbook paper or fabric when I find something that I really like. That shouldn’t cost more than a dollar or so.

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I am pretty sure you can pick these up for $10 or less on sale. I bought this one 10 years ago, and it has been used for multiple purposes. I use it now to contain all my smaller scraps of fabric. I sort by the type of fabric; the top 2 drawers are quilting cotton, and the bottom drawer is knit scraps. I am slowly working on a handsewn quilt so I like to sort the scraps by color. (It is usually a little neater than this, but my daughter was looking through it to find fabric to make a Barbie outfit.)

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This over-the-door shoe organizer is actually new for me. I bought it for my daughter’s room to put her Barbies in, but the pockets are too shallow. I then realized that it would be perfect for storing elastic, zippers, velcro, etc. I also like to cut out fabric for several projects at a time and store them in Ziploc bags. The pouches on this are perfect for storing these projects. I am planning on making labels for each pocket to make it even easier to see what I have in each one.

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I also love having this thread holder. This was less than $10 at Wal-mart, and it saves me from buying multiple spools of thread in the same color. I did that A LOT before I got this. I would have 6 spools of blue, but no white or black.

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My next tip is to check out your local Dollar Tree type store. I found these small cube containers for $1 each. They are 8″x8″ and are perfect for the shelf I have above my sewing area. I keep spools of tulle and other odd sized notions in here. Another great tip is to ask if you can have the spool that ribbon or trim comes on from the store if you are buying the last of it. I love this big spool to store my handmade bias tape on.

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For my PDF patterns I bought 3 ring binders from Wal-mart that were $.97/each, and then I buy these big envelopes that are around $1 for 8 or 10 of them. I punch holes in them and then slide my patterns in. You could also print out the front page of the pattern and tape it onto the front of the envelope. I have several of these binders to categorize my patterns. I have one for boys, one for women, one for girls and one for accessories.

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What do I do when I get fabric for a deal? I bring it home, wash it and then store it on mini-bolts in my fabric hoard…I mean stash area. I know some people use comic or magazine boards, but once again being the frugal person I am I won’t pay for something if I can find something for free. In a former life I went to art school where I had to mount all my photos on 11″x14″ matte boards. Needless to say I had a TON of 11″x14″ matte board. I cut these in half and used them to wrap my fabric on. I also started using cereal boxes after I ran out of the matte board. I do like to double up on the cereal boxes, as one layer is a bit flimsy for me.

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My last tip for you is for organizing ribbon. I might have a slight problem with buying seasonal ribbon. I always plan to make hairbows, but don’t always follow through. My ribbon had gotten out of control. It filled a multi-compartment container and 3 plastic shoe boxes. I could never find what I needed or wanted when I needed it. Using various cardboard boxes that were slated for the recycle bin, I organized all my ribbon nice and neat into one plastic shoe box. Nice and neat and easy to see what I have now.

I hope you all are able to save some money, time and sanity with my tips for organizing on a budget. I am so grateful to Dana for having me over to guest post today. If you want to see what else I am up to you can follow me over on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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Wow! I have all of these materials easily accessible and I need to start organizing. I love that most of her ideas are upcycling of materials that is already laying around the house or recycling bin. Do you have an organizational tips using cheap or free materials?

Well, that’s it for today, but come back tomorrow to hear how everything gets wrapped up for the series!

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty

Savings Made by Sewing {General Tips}

I’ve told you I’m a math nerd, right?! And I love budgets and saving money too. Ok, just making sure you knew that before moving on. Because today I’m giving you some general money-saving advice. I’ll put a sewing spin on it, but really these tips can be useful in all areas of your life.

General Sewing and Saving Tips by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}
Plan Your Projects

Do you have a sewing planner? I just started one this year and love it!  Writing or drawing up my projects inspires me, but also helps me plan what I need – fabric, patterns, notions, and otherwise. When you have all your ideas written down, you can make one trip to the store, saving on gas, or one online purchase, saving on shipping. Not all my supplies come from the same place, but having my projects planned out definitely helps knock down some of those extra costs that do add up over time.

Don’t Buy What You Can’t Afford

It really amazes me that so many people are in debt. I’m not judging those out there who are, but my advice would be to never purchase something you can’t afford (except a house, and maybe a car, but probably not even a car). The thing is, when you buy on credit you’re paying more in interest over time than you might realize. Without going all math geeky on you, interest on credit cards is big. HUGE. You’ll end up paying more in interest than the item even cost in the first place. So that $10 fabric has now cost you $20 and it’s still not paid off. Do yourself a favor and only buy what you actually have money to buy.

Take Care of What You Have

This is advice I need to give myself time and time again. I’m still learning to be a good caretaker. I’m much better at being lazy and not dealing with taking care of my shoes, car, or house. But, as I try to be a better adult, I realize that taking care of what you have can save you thousands of dollars. When you oil your car, it lasts longer, and then you don’t have to buy a new one every 5 years. When you take care of your sewing machine, it lasts longer.  When you read the directions for taking care of that amazing fabric you invested in, your handmade clothes will last longer instead of pill…or shrink (gasp).

Buy in Volume

If you can get good deals on buying fabric or supplies in bulk and you know you’ll eventually use it, do it! I used to have an Etsy shop and I bought fabric wholesale because it was considerably cheaper and I knew I would be able to use it all and sell my products. The initial price will be more since you’re buying 15+ yards of fabric all at once instead of over time, but the overall cost should be less. However, be sure that it is actually less. At one point I had calculated that since shipping was more on my wholesale order, it was actually less expensive to order regular price unless I was going to order more than 20 yards of fabric at a time. Buying in volume makes sense for items that aren’t perishable, but be sure it makes sense for what you want as well – 15 yards of super-trendy fabric that is just for you might be a bit too much and will end up being wasted.

Minimize Waste

Whenever I’m cutting up fabric, I do my best to cut close to corners so that I have as much left for another project. Sometimes this can take more time, but later I am always thankful. I’ve cut fabric for projects and saved long strips of fabric – those strips ended up making great scarves and headbands. I’ve even used the selvages of knit fabric as a headband or bracelet. And if a scrap really isn’t salvageable, chop it up and fill up a bean bag!

Stay Organized

I know, I know, organization and creativity don’t necessarily go hand in hand. BUT, if you can be even somewhat organized you’ll save yourself time and money on everything. If your fabric is organized, you know what you have and what you might need…or don’t need. If your patters are organized, you’ll know that you already have 5 hoodie patterns and don’t need to purchase that new one just because it’s on sale. And if your supplies are organized,you’ll know that you need a few more buttons or zippers for that next project you’re planning and can pick them up when they are on sale next.

Do you consider budgeting or saving money on your sewing projects?

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The rest of this week promises to be amazing with NEW tips about how to save money sewing! And if you’re looking for more specific ideas, check out:

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

Savings Made by Sewing {Patterns} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} with Finn’s Door

It’s great to have a fresh new perspective and today we have just that – Rebecca from Finn’s Door is a crafty blogger re-entering into the blogging world. She’s already impressed me with her thrifting skills and I’m excited to show you what she’s sharing with us today… a craft room makeover!

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This one is for P. Stowe. See it’s not always clean!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be here. Thank you Sew Thrifty for having me along for this awesome blog series. I’ve been having fun following everyone and their wonderful tips to save with sewing.

I am always on the lookout for that big sale, major thrift shop score or even a yard sale that boasts, “I’ve given up sewing so I’m selling all my stuff super cheap!” I have been fortunate enough to stumble across all three!

Not too long ago I made a major decision to leave a very stressful and demanding job to return to stay-at-home mom, blogger, crafter and more. I have to say I am much happier. I now have time with my family, time to sew and create, and time to blog. Cutting out my salary was a bit tough to live with, but if I wanted to really make a go at my passion, I needed a studio. And I mean a real it’s-all-mine-no-kids-allowed studio.

Being restricted to a very tight budget, I did what any woman would do when she wants something…I went shopping! Yes I did, at home. I already had the basics that I needed, and with the help of Pinterest (check out what I’ve found) I knew what I wanted. So I started with some shelves, inherited from a relative. They were solid and the right size but needed some updating. Luckily I had paint left over from trim and a sample paint I scored for a few bucks and it was golden!

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What was old and outdated became new with a touch of paint.

Next up was the desire for a larger (ok, not my dining room table) cutting\drafting table. I already had 2 shelves stuck out in the garage, so I hauled them out, slapped on my leftover paint, and voila, instant table base and storage for fabric! The table top I was lucky enough to have around also. Another free score.

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My new perfect sized work table

Finally, I knew I wanted a larger top to house my machine and all the extras I need around when sewing. We took apart the run-down broken cabinet in our closet, and I was able to paint and repair with little difficulty. Now I have tons of room.

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I added a few more touches, and I am pleased to say that my total cost on this great space was under $100!! Way under.

So take a look around; I hope something sparks your imagination.

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Remember to always think outside the box, use what you have, and create something new.

Now go and create!

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What a great use of supplies to make a craft room! Even though not all sewers have a craft room (you don’t need one to sew!), there are so many ways to build one with thrifted finds or re-working other pieces of furniture that you already have. Do you have a craft room overhaul you’d like to share?

Come back tomorrow for our last guest on supplies – Ula from Lulu and Celeste!

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty