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!