How to Save Money While Sewing

 I see the question “Do you really save money sewing?” pop up frequently in online sewing groups. It’s a tough question because there are so many variables, but I do think there are ways to save money while sewing no matter what you’re making. Obviously, the best way to save money while sewing? Stop shopping. Often I decide on a new project and find myself drawn to my laptop, searching for a fun fabric to match with my vision. The problem? I have plenty of fabric already in my basement!

 I love this drawing by Sarah Lazarovic on “The Buyerarchy of Needs”; “using what you have” is becoming my new mantra! I wish borrowing or swapping was feasible but my friends who sew are few and far between.

I’ve rounded up my favorite tips and ideas for saving on patterns, notions, & fabric below – if I’ve missed any ideas I’d love to hear from you!

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Half Handmade Gift Ideas: 10 of my Son’s Favorite Books & 10 Matching Free Softie Patterns

It’s September! Pre-kid I typically had all of my holiday creating/shopping done, with gifts wrapped and ready to be distributed at the Thanksgiving holidays. Post-kid… well, I’m just starting to brainstorm.

My son is almost 2 and LOVES books – they are his very favorite toy. I pulled together a list of his 10 favorites, although that’s always changing, and started searching around for softie/stuffed animal sewing patterns to match up with them. Even better? All of the patterns are free!

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