I love the designer fabric as much as the next girl (if not more), but when I can’t afford it I have to use something. Here are five of my favorite ways of pulling fabric out of thin air.
- Your linen closet. Take those ugly old sheets, dye them with RIT, and boo-ya. New yardage.
- Your clothes closet. Take everything that doesn’t fit or is stained or holey. Slice shirts and pants up the seams, open them up and square them off with your clear acrylic ruler and rotary blade. Cut out the stained or holey bits. Then cut everything into rectangles, fold, and add to your stash. Save the leftover scraps in your scrap basket.
- Your unfinished projects pile. Either finish that project or rip out the stitches and reuse the fabric for something else.
- Your windows. Half of my good home-dec weight fabric came from the last 30” trimmed off the bottom of my Ikea curtains.
- your friends and neighbors. Let them know you love to sew, and you’ll become known as Our Friend Or Relative Who Sews. Then whenever people come into fabric — from work, from Grandma, God knows what — they think of you first.
- Enter sewing blog contests for free fat quarters and the like. Hey, dude, it’s like the lottery. Somebody’s gotta win.