4 Ways to Use Apparel Fabric to Save Money
Budgeting is crucial to any household, and you can save money by making some of the things you need instead of purchasing them. In most cases, handsewn items last longer than store-bought, which also saves you precious moolah in the end. If you have good-sized fabric scraps lying around, or if you just love to purchase materials, here are four ideas that will put it to good use.
1. Book Bags
Each new school year rings in a much-needed break from your kids and a request for a new backpack. You head to the store and nearly drop from shock at the price of a new backpack. Rather than waste your money, use durable apparel fabric to make your child a unique book bag he or she will be proud to carry. Your child can pick out a fabric he or she likes and you can sew a durable, long-lasting tote
This might seem like a no-brainer, but clothing is the primary use for apparel fabrics. Yes, you’re thinking, “Thank you, Captain Obvious,” but hear this out. What you might not have considered is clothing for special occasions and under garments. For example, are you tired of buying a new pack of underwear only to have it unravel after the first wash? Look into cotton fabric and design your own.
3. Grocery Bags
Depending on where you live, your grocery store is no longer asking if you’d prefer paper or plastic. In fact, if you live in California, plastic bags are a huge no-no after a 2016 vote. You need to provide your own bags when you go grocery shopping, and while your store is happy to sell you some, you’ll do better to purchase heavy-duty canvas fabric and sew your own. You’ll use these bags forever.
4. Home Décor
Finally, give your interior design a unique boost. Yes, people quilt their own bedspreads and sew their own drapes, but do you know anyone with a fabric accent wall? This is an easy DIY project that challenges painting or wallpapering. Simply pick your fabric of choice, cut it to size, and then staple it with a staple gun to the wall. A sash glued along the edges will hide the staples.
Apparel fabric is so versatile, there’s nearly nothing you cannot do with it. Let your imagination be your guide and make all kinds of useful things instead of buying them. You will save money and you’ll also find crafting your own stuff to be challenging in a good way and therapeutic.