I’m not a big sewer but I do like to buy fabric occasionally for certain crafting projects and for miscellaneous mending needs. The trouble is that most of the time the fabric you can get at regular fabric stores is way too expensive to make it worth buying. Now I’m sure that many of you that are bigger sewers than I am having more tips than this so make sure to share them with the rest of us! Here is a list of places that I've gotten cheaper fabric.
- Garage Sales. This doesn't happen all the time but occasionally I will be able to find fabric (mostly scrap) at garage sales. I’ve noticed that if a sale is going to have fabric is generally advertised in their newspaper ad. (I don’t want to stereotype here but they do tend to be in what I call a “nick-nack sale” that is, a sale that is generally put on by an older person and contains mostly home décor items instead of clothes, toys, ect.)
- Senior Center Sales. This one is similar to garage sales above but one put on in a senior center. We have one of these sales yearly in my area at a large senior center and it usually has a huge table full of fabric!
- Thrift Stores. This is usually a fairly reliable source of inexpensive fabric. All of the local thrift stores I can think of have a nice “crafting” section that usually has dozen of bundles of fabric. These bundles are a little more expensive than the previous 2 options but as I said, you have a pretty good chance at getting fabric at a thrift store whereas rummage sales and senior center sales can be hit and miss. I’ve even found some fairly large amounts of fabric at thrift stores not just scrap.
- The Fabric Store. Wait…didn’t I just say that fabric stores were expensive? Well they can be, but like in all stores, there are always ways to find a deal! Look for clearance racks of discontinued patterns. Some fabric stores also hold sales were you can find half price deals on the “regular” fabrics, however the best luck I’ve had at finding deals is shopping the clearance.
- Big Box Stores. Yes, even stores like Walmart and Hobby Lobby have good deals on fabric! Search around until you find the remnant bin and you can get deals on scrap fabrics. I’ve even found some remnants that are several yards long, enough to make a large project with!
Those are the places that I’ve been able to find cheap fabric. Occasionally I use fabric for projects such as re-purposing clothing but mostly I buy a lot of fabric for use in photography, so those of you that buy for bigger projects might know of better places! Shout them out in the comments!
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