We’ve found some excellent articles with many good ideas to share with you. One point we’d like to emphasize is that’s it’s important to NOT scrimp on fabric and thread. Be sure to choose the highest quality you can afford so that the quilts you produce are long lived.
While pre-cuts can be big timesavers, and it’s fun to get a piece of every fabric in a pretty fabric line, they’re considerably more expensive than the same amount of yardage (see cost comparisons here). It pays to make your own (learn how here).
Another important tip is to take classes. Rather than waste time, effort and pricey materials on trial and error while learning something new, it’s worth it to master a technique with as little cost as possible.
Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) offers an impressive array of high-quality quilting classes (learn more here). While they’re reasonably priced, they often go on sale so watch for that.
Or, sign up for a Bluprint subscription to have access to all 1300+ classes anytime you want (quilting plus 15 other topics, like baking, knitting, crochet and more). This is especially helpful if you’re just starting out, but every quilter can benefit from the excellent class offerings. Plus, it’s a great value. Learn more here.
Recycling has been part of the quilt world for generations. Consider using sheets for backing, jeans, shirts and other pieces of old clothing for patchwork and more.
Save money on tools and other supplies by repurposing items found at the dollar store, in the hardware aisle, at thrift stores and elsewhere. Often you’ll find items that work just as well as those designed specifically for sewing but at much lower cost. You’ll find some great ideas in our article “10 Quilting Tools and Hacks from the Dollar Store.”
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. There are many more money-saving tips in the following articles. It’s worth your time to look through them all.
- “How to Quilt on a Budget” by Leslie from The Seasoned Homemaker.
- “Quilting on a Budget: 15+ Tips for Stretching Your Dollar” by Rose Johnson from Threadbare Creations.