Quilting on a Budget

23 Mar

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!

March 23 2011 (1 of 4)

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:

March 23 2011 (2 of 4)

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:

March 23 2011 (3 of 4)

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.

4 Responses to “Quilting on a Budget”

  1. memercer March 23, 2011 at 9:57 PM #

    Any tips on cheaper fabric? Lol, my sister is pregnant with her second and loves my Noah’s Ark quilt, so now she wants me to make her one (only with a different story).

    • Jaclyn March 23, 2011 at 9:58 PM #

      Haha, no fabric is always the tricky part. My only tips are to buy online (too expensive in Canada), max out whatever shipping box you are in and always try to wait for a coupon code. Fabric prices are just going up though 😦

      • memercer March 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM #

        For my Noah’s quilt the fabric was almost $150 alone, and that was with the “quilters club”. Do you find it hard to coordinate fabrics with buying online? Or do you just buy in packs.

      • Jaclyn March 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM #

        Yeah I know, it’s crazy! I don’t find it too hard. I do buy it together often and sometime I will buy a few different pieces and then match them up in person before buying more. Also sometimes the same manufacturer uses the same colours in multiple lines so I can match from different ones.

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