Here are some ways you can save money and supplies when sewing by reusing things you already have, along with general ideas to help you save time and money.
Sewing Ideas And Tips – Reusing What You Have
- Use a dust ruffle for a valance.
- Use flannel sheets for quilt backing or for batting.
- Flip your rotary blade over in its cutter instead of replacing it. You can get twice as much use out of it.
- Use old CD towers to store fat quarters.
- Cut down cat litter boxes to store magazines or patterns in. You can paint them or cover in fabric.
- Cut off the top of an old sock. Fold it down and slip on your wrist to use for a pin cushion.
- Use wide tongue depressors to wrap with ribbon and store.
- Necklace trees are great for hanging things like scissors, rotary cutter, tape measures.
- Use a Pringles lid for pin cushion. Cut a magnetic business card or something similar to the size of a Pringles lid. Glue or tape (double sided) it to the inside (lip side up) of a Pringles lid.
- Old hard suitcases make a great carry bag for sewing and crafting retreats.
- Don’t have a small ruler handy? Then use an emery board to mark diagonal lines on small squares and such.
General Sewing Ideas And Tips
- Use magnetic strips everywhere in your sewing room to hold sewing supplies (except, of course, on your sewing machine if it is computerized).
- How to get inexpensive blades (The last I checked they were 2 for $1.99 at Harbor Freight Store if you have one near you). Look in the section with carpet cutting tools. You may also want to check out other tool or hardware stores in their carpet cutting sections. I saved $5 per blade doing this. Same blades from the sewing store and they work great.
- If you like magnetic bowls for pins, check out an auto supply store. They have the same thing there for holding nuts and bolts, but at half the price of sewing stores.