Sew Sensible

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Where to Buy Fabric?

I was recently asked where is the best place to buy fabric. For me, the internet has become my shopping preference only because the nearest fabric store is 30 minutes away and with eight children I can't just get up and go anymore. Walmart is close by but their selection is not my taste. Now I will purchase their polka dot prints for coordinating and some of their children prints at times because they do have good prices but my internet choice right now is fabric. com (link to the side). Your first order ships free. Their selection is awesome. You can also sign up for their eNewsletter and receive specials via email. They have a great selection of Amy Butler fabric, Moda, and cute trendy coordinating fabric in the pink/brown and blue/brown colors. Another way to save money is at Hobby Lobby. They have a 40% off coupon on their website twice a month. You can print their coupon and save on fabric at their store (thanks, Nanette, for this info!). Of course, you can find specialty fabric stores around your area and my advice is to ask them about their specials and sign up for their mail outs or email eNewsletters. They will always have some sort of special.

Now for my patterns, I love to go to eBay, apparel, Toddler, custom handmade section to get ideas to sew and ideas about fabric. These outfits go for big bucks!! Custom applique overalls for over $100, custom twirl skirts and top up to $100, bows and bottlecap necklaces. However, if you love sewing and want to save money then go to You Can Make This (link above or on side bar). They have an awesome collection of ePatterns, eBooks, and How-To material that you can purchase and instantly receive your order. These patterns are the ones you see on eBay (what I just described above: the applique overalls, twirl skirts, gaucho pants, bottlecap necklaces and much more!) Simple intructions with lots of photos!! No more figuring out what the pattern is saying without pics. I think this is one of the great things about these ePatterns, it's all about the pics!!


MorningSong said...

What size does the Annette pattern come in?? It is cute! You also mentioned a bloomer pattern. I have one for shorts but not for bloomers yet.

SewSensible said...

Melodye, I use the Simplicity 7189 size A. The front picture is not that appealing but the bloomer/panty pattern is super easy. This is the pattern that I customized to make little girl shorts, gaucho pants, long pants and also shorts and pants for the boys. And this pattern saves on fabric because you have one piece.

Look at the picture of the white outfit and the pants in that picture was this pattern modified.

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