My husband will laugh when he reads this title, he would argue there isn’t much ‘budget’ about quilting. Even without the purchase of a sewing machine there is constant need for fabric, thread and accessories. Fabric is very expensive, but obviously a must, so I look for other ways to save money with my hobby. I thought I’d share a few recent purchases where I saved some money.
I’ve been lusting over a larger cutting mat for about 6 months now. The one I bought for my quilting class was 18” by 24” and it was a nice size to tote around and when turned sideways could accommodate the full width of fabric (folded) but I wanted a 24” by 36” mat to fill the majority of my cutting space. Problem is cutting mats are very expensive and this was certainly a want more than a need.
But then I got a 50% off one item at Michaels coupon, good for two days only, and I knew exactly what I would buy!
You can sign up for coupons on their website. They don’t have a huge selection of quilting items but I’ll be buying one thing every time I get a 50% off coupon from now on (I have my eye on some thread snips right now).
Another recent purchase was these gardening gloves from Costco:
I use these for quilting, it is much easier to grip the fabric with the rubber part of the glove, reducing neck and shoulder strain.
Before this purchase I was using Machingers.
Here is a side by side:
Are they the same? No, not exactly. The Machingers are lighter and are only rubberized at the fingertips. I might care if I didn’t buy the entire package from Costco for $18, while a single pair of Machingers costs $20! For that cost savings I’ll gladly deal with a little extra bulk on my hands.