I've been sticking to my "If I can make it, don't buy it" rule pretty well so far this year with minimal clothing purchases. If you're interested in learning how to sew your own clothing, below are a list of my essentials. I'll have a separate post of my sewing machines next. The supplies mentioned in this post will be your essentials for garment making, and extra items that have helped my sewing journey.
My sewing essentials:
Clover Silk Pins
Clover Pin Cushion Ring (sold out) - here is an alternative: Pincushion Rings 3-pack
Rotary Cutter & Blades (28mm, 45mm and 60mm)
Fiskars Mini Scissors
Maxi Lock Serger Cones
Clear Acrylic Ruler
Measuring tape (60" and 120" from dritz)
Pattern weights (handmade or store bought)
Magnetic Pickup Tool
Mouse & Wrist Pad Extension
Mini Screwdriver Set
Adhesive Tape Measure
Free & Budget-friendly recommendations:
Cardboard fabric bolts from Joann - this is my favorite tip for sewists! If you stop by your local Joann store, you can ask for free fabric bolts at their cutting station. The associates will happily give them away since they'll be thrown away at the end of the day. This avoids extra waste and helps with organizing your fabric stash at home. The best time to collect this bolts is towards the end of the day, weekends and during big sales/holidays.
Thrift stores - You can always find materials to upcycle at your local thrift stores. Browse their home textiles section for curtains, tablecloths and bedsheets to upcycle. You can also find vintage sewing patterns and sewing machines. Thrift flips are always a great way to revamp your own old clothes and thrift finds. I think it's a great way for beginner sewists to practice sewing too.
Other ways to find sewing materials are estate/yard sales, Facebook Marketplace, Wawak, Etsy and Ebay. If you're shopping at Joann, always make sure to sign up for their rewards and always use coupons and keep up with their weekly sales. Their commercial patterns go on sale often too.
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