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Thrifty Sewing Fabric Sources

Thrifty Sewing Fabric Sources

As regular readers know I LOVE sewing, finding the process relaxing, challenging, absorbing, plus it nurtures my creativity. But it is not always that cheap. Today I am taking part in Sew thrifty’s series Savings Made By Sewing. I am sharing tips about sourcing fabrics from charity shops, car boot sales and jumble sales.


Other options include signing up to community reuse groups such as freecycle and freegle.



A size 14 skirt gave me 74″ by 23″ of fabric for £3. For more thoughts and tips see my post here. Do chek out Dana’s blog, she has a fabulous round up of free childrens clothes patterns.

What are your top tips for second-hand fabric shopping?

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

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Sunday 12th of July 2015

The trouble is I do this, stash loads of charity shop clothes and fabrics I like and then never get around to using them! I have bags full!


Saturday 11th of July 2015

This in not my cup of tea, but did see on episode of "Extreme Cheapskates" where a 20 something would be designer went "funeral searching" and would check obituaries then knock on the door of the deceased hoping to find someone there then offer her services to inventory and catalog the deceased wardrobe for the estate in exchange for some pieces from the wardrobe. It showed a tape of the man she asked being rather horrified "You want to look at my dead mother's clothes!" but her remaining calm and professional advising she as offering her services for free of charge in exchange for a few pieces. After inviting her in and discussing with her that she was doing a service for something that other might charge a fee for and he advised it was something he didn't want to deal with anyway, he accepted her offer.

I like to go to garage sales and if they have a "free box" forage through it, but that is about by extent of that.

Others I have know like to visit dumpster at large, upscale apartment complexes at month end, or college at the end term where people throw stuff away as they don't want to bother to move/

She had been doing this for six years.


Saturday 11th of July 2015

Thanks for sharing this Kathryn. Personally I find that idea invasive at a difficult time. A free box forage is where I'm at!!


Friday 10th of July 2015

Your contribution is amazing!! Thanks again so much for participating in the series!

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