Sometimes it is the hunt for the right fabric that is more satisfying than the actual item itself. If you’ve ever come across an amazing store or resource for fabulous fabrics at low or no cost, then you know what I mean. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing and possibly save money at the same time:
- Look for fabric outlets that offer quality or seconds at lower than retail prices. If you are fortunate enough to live near a large city, chances are there are many resources for fabrics. For example, New York is famous for its garment district and many treasures can be found. Plan a trip with friends or find an organized group that makes fabric buying trips. You’ll be overwhelmed with the possibilities and be in the company with like-minded shoppers who can offer advice and encouragement. If you can afford it, take advantage of trips to Paris and Hong Kong often advertised in sewing magazines such as Threads. You’ll be with a group that knows where to find the best buys and is familiar with the area…and you’ll make new friends.
- Join the American Sewing Guild. This organization is dedicated to the sewing enthusiast, offering neighborhood meetings, national sewing conferences with classes, and discounts. This is a great networking opportunity to get help with sewing projects and many times members either want to swap or give away fabrics. I just came home recently with about 60 yards of fabric that a member was giving away! And she still has more!
- If you like to shop at flea markets or second hand stores, these can be a tremendous resource for design details, fabrics, and unique hardware pieces. Also shop at high end stores for design details and the latest trends in styles and colors. Think outside the box and collect things that will work for your projects. Be sure to purchase plenty so that you are not caught short. You may also want to experiment so plan accordingly.
- Be sure to use quality lining. If you can’t find quality lining through any of the above resources, then you may want to shop online. However, even if you have to spend top dollar for it, it’ll be worth it because without quality lining, your window treatments may not hang correctly and you’ll shorten the life of them. Try shopping online for fabric, too, especially if you can’t find what you’re looking for through other means.
- These are just a few ideas and I’m sure many of you have some of your own. If you’d like to share your ideas for finding fabrics or your own home decor projects, let us know and we’ll post them here.