5 Top Tips For Frugal Sewing
Generally, I would consider myself to be a fairly frugal person by nature. I hate unnecessarily paying more for something, especially if I could actually get the same thing for free with a little extra effort. It makes sense to me to look for the least expensive options but for some it doesn’t and that baffles me greatly.
When it comes to sewing, I treat it the same as anything else in my life. Is there a cheaper way to do this? Its not just about find the cheapest price for something, frugal sewing taking many forms that I will discuss in just a moment. Your hobby doesn’t have to cost the earth, literally and metaphorically. So lets have a look at my top tips for frugal sewing.
Tip 1 – Buy Pre-Loved
Buying a sewing machine or overlocker are two of the most expensive pieces of equipment when it comes to sewing but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out your local selling pages or reach out to friends, chances are you know someone who knows someone who is selling their machine. Both of my machines are pre-loved and that makes me love them more. They come with a story and a past and most of all, I potentially saved them from a life time of storage or worse, landfill. With the right care sewing machines can last many, many years.
Tip 2 – Shop Around
If you are going to buy anything new, do your research and shop around. Most of the time, with a little effort you can find exactly what you want for a cheaper price. From Amazon to eBay to your local haberdashery, someone out there is selling something a little cheaper. Keep a watch on your local free/recycle sites, it is amazing what people will actually give away for free!
Tip 3 – Recycle
Recycling has to be one of the most cost effective ways to sew. Its also the most creative and something I really enjoy. Have you ever looked at an old dress and thought “that would made a fab t-shirt”, well, I do, all the time. I have a major stash of old clothes that are either too small, too big or have holes in them, I save them all for future projects. Leggings with holes in the knee, no problem, they become leggings for kids or sleeves for t-shirts. I recently made this hoodie for my daughter, it is made from one of my old hoodies with a broken zip. The pattern is by Brindille & Twig.
Tip 4 – Waste Less
In general, a serious sewing hobby can create a lot of waste. This is especially true if you sew clothing. The pattern pieces can be odd shapes or need to be cut in a certain direction which usually leads to scrap fabric. I try to place my pieces as economically as possible so when I’m finished I am left with enough fabric to make something else. Scraps can be saved to use in many smaller projects, hair bands, scrunchies, book marks, quilting etc etc.
Tip 5 – Look Out For Free Patterns
Finding free patterns has become a bit of a side hobby for me. Most designers will offer a couple of free patterns along side their paid patterns. Some of the bigger designers also have sales on their patterns, some as cheap as £1 or less! Check out 5 Pattern Designers You Will Love for my favourite designers and their free patterns. Pinterest is also jam packed with free patterns and tutorials. I have listed a few of my favourites here 10 Free Kids Sewing Patterns, 10 Free Zero Waste Sewing Patterns For Beginners and 10 Free Sewing Patterns For Women’s Dresses.
If you have any more Frugal Sewing Tips I would love to hear them, leave me a message in the comments section below.
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