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7 Ways to Save Money on Crafting

By: Karisa Tell, Editor for

Need tips to save money on craft supplies? You'll be surprised at how much money you can save by following these 7 ways to save money on crafting.


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I buy old pillows from the op shops to use for stuffing toys as long as they are still in good order,

Wednesdays are 1/2 price on all clothing and accessories at my local Salvation Army so need less to say this is where I have been scoring my finds! Since material has become so expensive, i just look for material i want to use for any project I have in mind at the time and look in the mens and womens section for large size items. I aslo make a trip to the belts and handbag section, I use the belts for purse straps and hardware to make purses with. I look for embelished jeans , belt buckles and anything I think I can put to use in a design. It is also a great place to find good soft, worn leather at a fraction of what you's pay at a store and it's already broken in! Thrift store are a plethora of craft supplies at a reasonable price and you are also doing the planet a favor by making recycled crafts!

I shop at my local goodwill store and look at the sheets for the material for my quilting. It's very cheap and is recycling for something special.

I've been getting lots of supplies for very cheap (by haggling on Craigslist) or for FREE from people in my area on . The site is kinda like an online curb - Instead of stuff just getting thrown away, you can let people in your area know what you have to offer or you can let people know what you're looking money can be exchanged. (You have to fill out form online that a volunteer moderator in your chapter will review and approve you or deny you access to the group. Set up this way to weed out the serious/real people from the weirdos/fake accounts.) It's a pretty cool tool, especially when money is tight! I've seen pretty much EVERYTHING available this way. Things that I've gotten/seen offered: fabric!!!, brand new cookie press, eko-brew cup for keurig, brand new stamps, boxes of tea bags, empty baby food jars, tons of furniture, lots of landscaping items, electronics......and we even got a brand new cocker spaniel puppy a couple years ago!!!!! :) :) :)

When my local fabric stores (Hancock and Joann) put sewing patterns on sale, I go to the pattern company's website and look for the pattern I would like to purchase. That way I know the pattern numbers before I go shopping and don't have to compete with other customers for the pattern catalog. Only purchase patterns when they are .99 to 1.99!

I am really going to date myself, but I can remember going to the store and finding out patterns jumped from 10cents to 25cents!! How upset my mother was!!

Great tips to save money. Using coupons is a must especially since craft stores usually have coupons every week.

Be the unconventional craft professional. I make so many things by painting with acrylics on clean, old white sheets. Possibilities are endless. Market bags, cushions, potholders... Go vintage. I repurpose those beautiful old linen/cotton tablecloths into tea towels. My latest kick is buying up the old finished projects - crewel, embroidery, crossstitch - and taking them out of frames, making them into bags or decorator cushions. My thrift store is my main supplier...

yes very much so thanks

I buy a lot os dressmaker patterns ( simplicity, vogue etc.. ) for both clothing and toys and stuff. Instead of cutting up the multiple size patterns I seperate the pieces and using christmas roll paper bought after season at really low prices I take the time to trace my tissue patterns on the christmas paper. I found any permant marker will bleed through the tissue onto the regular paper making it easy to cut the pieces. This way I keep the original patterns intact if I choose to make a different size. Then I fold everything back up and pop it in a large ziploc baggie with the pattern envelope showing through so I know what is in it. This does take a little time but I don't have to rebuy the patterns ever again. Hope this helps someone Ann

I've been doing this for years using tissue paper used for gifts such as clothing. I have a lighted tracing table, but you can tape the pattern to a large window and tape your sheet of tissue paper over that to trace it out. I do this with patterns I use over and over again. Also this way if i lose a piece I can still go back and retrace that piece and am back in business so to speak. Also as newfnstitches states its a great way to alter a pattern without cutting the original. I may be a bit of work, but wel worth it. And if you pass your patterns on to other they have the copy pieces to use and the originals to look back on and can do the same when they are done. I never laon out a pattern without doing this first, as I've gotten patterns back that peices where lost and the pattern is now worhtless!

All very good ideas. I love my second hand stores. And we all need to look around our homes to see what is setting there you just might surprise yourself.

Love our town's thrift shop and I know all of the money they make goes to help the community and it's food bank! And yes, I love those coupon's!

Love all of the things in this article. I already do a couple of these like using a coupon and re-purposing my garbage. I have to admit that my five year old daughter can now see the value of our trash! Thanks for all of the tips. evey penny counts these days!


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