Whether you consider yourself a first-timer or a practiced crafter, finding the best prices for sewing supplies can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s so easy (and fun!) to build an inventory of sewing and crafting supplies, but the costs add up fast. Sometimes, even simple projects require an expensive tool. For many projects, you might need to purchase supplies in bulk. Here are five ways to save on sewing supplies large and small:
Savings Tip #1: Coupons And Sales
These days, most retail stores run weekly promotions that include special discounts on certain brands or specific items. The major competitors let customers combine some deals for extra savings. When you have a project that has big ticket purchases, look for ways to save through their weekly ads. Fleece fabric by the yard is often one of the most affordable fabrics for projects—but buy it by the bolt and that price could use a break! These are the purchases that are perfect for those “half off of one item” coupons.
Savings Tip #2: Online Deals
Shopping online for sewing supplies opens up a worldwide market for unique and interesting items. You might consider purchasing more commonly found supplies like cotton threads or muslin for mock-ups fairly often. When buying in bulk online, look for ways you might be able to beat those in-store prices with coupons or promos. Online stores are also a great way to find incredibly unique items to include in your sewing projects. From antique buttons to hand-stitched appliques or cheap stacks of fat quarters, even specialty needles, online deals frequently beat out store prices—especially with any free shipping options available. Sometimes, retails stores offer online-only deals, too, so checking for the current savings regularly improves your chances of giving the budget a break.
Savings Tip #3: Swap Meets And Festivals
Craft fairs and local sewing groups are a great way to find one-of-a-kind deals on so many different types of sewing supplies. Handwoven and boutique fabrics are favorite finds at art festivals, and many suppliers have savings bins for small bolts or discontinued styles. Checks local listings frequently for any upcoming events. There you might also find more regularly scheduled sewing groups that allow swapping and bartering between members.
Savings Tip #4: Secondhand Sources
Sourcing supplies from secondhand sellers can take time, but the rock-bottom prices pay off for just a little effort and smart shopping. Thrift stores aren’t the only place to find those gently used supplies. Estate sales, garage sales, and community rummage sales are great ways to find amazing deals on fabric, notions, and even specialty tools. With tools being one of the most expensive purchases for most crafters, buying them secondhand is a common way to cut down on costs. As an example, pinking shears and rotary cutterscan run into the high double-digits! However, picking up a pair of dull scissors on the cheap and having them sharpened up can cost half the price of those same scissors brand new.
Savings Tip #5: Keep It Neat
You might be your budget’s own worst enemy if your supplies aren’t organized in an accessible way. While crafts don’t need a whole closet or room to be useful, having some sort of personal system for storage and sortingwill not only shave time off your project but could save you hundreds of dollars. Avoiding premature wear and tear and breakage to delicate supplies prevents replacing it and doubling the cost to you. Knowing what’s in your inventory lets you plan ahead, too. When many projects can use the same item, you can buy it in bulk and save on the per-project cost.
No matter what project you put on your plate, you can be sure to save when you use a number of ways to find deals on supplies in every category. Exploring the different paths to savings will help you stay well stocked without going broke.