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Old 01-08-2015, 12:07 PM
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VERY IMFORMATIVE!!! I am going to have to remember that about getting shirts and such at thrift shops. I would love to see some of your projects you have sewed with items from thrift stores. SEW ON!!!!!


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When it is time to sew, I look for bargains for building my Fabric stash. Just as I have a stockpile, I also stockpile fabric pieces.
I get my fabric from cottons and knit shirts from goodwill & thrift stores .75 cents to $3.00 for the XL mens shirting. For yards of fabric or solid colors, I buy flat sheets from walmart. Just about every color is available. For small projects, I buy pillowcases. It is way less expensive than pay $5-$15 a yard for cut fabrics on the bolt.
Hancock fabrics offer coupons, senior discounts age 50+ and military discounts on set days of the month. Sign up for their mailer list of upcoming sales.
I sewed Monster high doll clothes, and made knit sundresses for my nieces. I got the fabrics from knit shirts & Tshirts at Thrift store, cut up the shirts. MH doll clothes very expensive, I can make them for pennies.
And just for fun, host a fabric swap party. Meet & greet with local crafters, or organize with friends, neighbors, church group. Provide a Luncheon or do a potLuck Lunch. Everyone bring fabric to swap.
Great fun, fellowship and share sewing tips.
I worked for architects & engineer firms 35+ years that have on staff interior designers dept.
Here is what I did:
The designers get all kinds of fabric swatches leftover - and usually tossed in trash. So crafters, if you can contact a design firm, you may politely ask to remove unwanted fabric sample Books - Free.
Another idea, use Free fabric for community projects such as quilts for shelters. Some of the design firms could put you in touch with the fabric mills reps, to get leftover fabric for a community project.
Fabric does not have to be expensive. I like to touch the fabric for the textures to match the sewing project. The thrift stores have unlimited supply of all different fabrics, suitable for any project. And you may use an old school fashion, re-fashion it, cut it up and modernize it- Lots of U Tube videos on how to do this.
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Ali, I am going to expand my fabric stash to include old sheets, jeans & curtains. Great idea.
When I married the DH 40+ yrs. ago, I made curtains out of the thrift store sheets for our apartment. DH thought I bought them from the store! Coupon Angel, I would send pics but all the items I made are at my nieces homes that live out of state. I may have Monster High doll clothes stash made for my Littles upcoming Bdays later this year.

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I got an embroidery machine for Christmas from my parents and until then I had never even owned a sewing machine. (It's ok I bought one last week )
I was wondering where to get the best prices on fabric. We have a Joann's here and I haven't been over to browse yet.
Just for curiosity sake, what are you making?

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Come on over I have atleast 10000 yards I bought at an auction for $20.00. I have used it for several years and still have tons. I watch auctions all the time can get large quanities for real cheap.

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Just for curiosity sake, what are you making?
Well.. A little of everything I guess. I just bought a bunch of patterns at Joanns because they were on sale for $1 each. I am making my daughter a Easter dress and a cute apron with matching chef hat.

I'm hoping to get into it and be able to start selling items.


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Come on over I have atleast 10000 yards I bought at an auction for $20.00. I have used it for several years and still have tons. I watch auctions all the time can get large quanities for real cheap.
Where do you find these auctions at? Are they local or online?
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Where do you find these auctions at? Are they local or online?
Yes, I would like to know this too!
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I have had my sewing machine for around 15 years. I am a novice though. I have only ever hemmed pants (for DH when he wore suits to work and fil, hemming his khakis) and making curtains. I have several projects waiting to be done, and the Jo Ann fabrics Q which I plan to use to buy fabric for coordinating fabric for decorative pillows for my spring summer bedding set.

This thread has provided a lot of helpful information, thanks!

Question, I have two valances I will be making for my kitchen. I'm thinking I need a fabric backing so they are not too thin and see through. Any suggestions on what to use, to give the valances "body" and no sheerness? Tips on making these are also appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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