No matter which country you live in, we’ve all be experiencing economic hard times. With the news that “things are going to get worse, before they get better,” I’ve been putting more thought into how I can still enjoy my hobbies (sewing, fashion, new clothes) with spending little to no money. Here’s a few thoughts:
1) Use what you have:
For most sewers, we’ve accumulated fabrics over time – those pieces of material that we couldn’t live without or bargains that screamed our name. Now’s the time to ‘shop our stash’ and use some of those fabrics that are accumulating dust.
This is also a great opportunity to revive patterns that you haven’t used in awhile (or at all) and pull out pattern books and magazines that have sitting lonely on a shelf.
Before you throw out clothing that is too small, shows wear, or is out of style, think about how it can be re-purposed. Making a few tweeks to a ‘dated’ shirt or pants can breathe new life into a garment while other clothes can be cut up and used for their material. Zippers, elastics, and buttons can all be recycled for future endeavors.
3) Look for bargains:
Almost every sewing center and website has pattern and fabric sales at one time or another. Take advantage of these times to purchase the designs you’ve been eyeing. Don’t forget to check out bargain and clearance areas for fabric steals!
Visiting your local thrift stores and garage sales can also turn up incredible sewing finds. Just be sure to skip the thread – it can weaken over time and may not produce quality stitches (and there’s nothing worse than having your garment fall apart after all that hard work you put into it).
4) Free is always good:
Don’t forget the internet is a treasure trove of free tutorials and patterns, just as long as you’re willing to hunt for them.
Have any other ways to be thrifty with your sewing? I’d love to hear them!