You may have noticed in my recent post about office and craft room makeover goals that I LOVE fabric! It is truly my favorite medium for creating! Since I am a bit of a frugal gal, I am going to share the best cheap fabrics to use for crafting.
One of the best ways to buy fabric is in one really large piece. Get out of the habit of thinking of “yardage” and simply pay attention to all of the fabric surrounding you. There are tons of items in stores (including the hardware store) that you can sew with.
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ONE: Dropcloths can be used for any project that requires a basic, neutral solid. I always look for a dropcloth that is 100% cotton, and I tend to look for a lighter off-white with brown flecks of cotton in it. Depending on the size and price, you might pay about $2 a yard for this fabric. Use it for pillows, totebags, curtains, sofa recovering and more!
THREE: Sheets come in prints and solids, so you can choose based on your project. I have used sheets several times to back quilts and also to make skirts and totebags. Be sure to check thrift stores and yard sales for used sheets that can be used for craft projects. Just look for colors and prints that catch your eye.
FOUR: Tablecloths, both new and vintage, are perfect for sewing with. You can often find these at thrift stores and yard sales. I like to make totebags with them because I LOVE vintage prints!
FIVE: Dishtowels and dinner napkins are great sources of fun novelty prints. You can find things in the kitchen aisle that are hard to find in the fabric store. I will say, however, they are not necessarily on the cheap end of things, but the novelty of the prints is worth it! I found these ones in my stash and I am pretty sure I bought them at Target a couple of years ago. I am thinking farmer’s market tote bags for these ones!
Sewing can be a pricey hobby, and knowing about cheap fabrics to use for crafting can be quite helpful!
Happy sewing, friends!