Notions · Sewing · Thread · Thrift Stores

Finding fabric and sewing notions at a thrift shop

Finding fabric and sewing notions at a thrift shop can be a rewarding and cost-effective way to fuel your sewing projects.

Finding fabric and sewing notions at a thrift shop

Below are some examples of one of the many local thrift shops and their bins with fabric, quilting, thread, notions and more.

Here’s a brief guide on how to do it:

Explore Thrift Shops: Start by locating thrift shops or secondhand stores in your area. You can search online or ask for recommendations from friends and fellow sewers.

Check for Fabric: Once at the thrift shop, head to the section where textiles are usually stored. Look for curtains, bed linens, tablecloths, or clothing items made of interesting fabrics. Be open to different textures and colors.

Inspect Quality: Examine the fabric and sewing notions closely for any flaws, stains, or damage. Keep in mind that you may need to clean or repair it before using it for your sewing projects.

Test Electronics: If it’s an electronic sewing item, test it for correct operation, such as testing a sewing machine or serger. (Other sewing or quilting electronic.) It might be handy to keep thread, fabric and sewing machine needles on hand for this.

Measure and Estimate: Estimate the amount of fabric you’ll need for your project and measure the thrifted fabric to ensure you have enough material. (Sometimes you cannot as they are packaged or sealed in bags).

Consider Clothing Items: Don’t overlook clothing items that could be repurposed. Dresses, skirts, and shirts can be deconstructed to provide fabric for smaller projects.

Explore Notions: Thrift shops often have sewing notions like buttons, zippers, and thread. Check the notions section for any items that might come in handy for your projects.

Bargain Hunt: Thrift shops usually offer items at a fraction of the cost compared to buying new. Don’t hesitate to negotiate prices or look for sales and discounts. Yes, I know most places are firm, but it couldn’t hurt to ask.

Wash and Sanitize: Before using thrifted fabric or notions, wash and sanitize them thoroughly to ensure they are clean and safe for your sewing projects. If I get fabric from a thrift shop, I do wash it.

Get Creative: Be open to unexpected finds and be creative in repurposing items. Old scarves, lace doilies, bandannas or embroidered pieces can add unique touches to your creations.

Support Sustainable Sewing: Thrift shopping for sewing supplies promotes sustainability by reducing waste and reusing materials.

Note: Some older thread could possible be dry rot. Why inspecting the items found carefully.

In conclusion: Thrift shops can be treasure troves for fabric and sewing notions. With a keen eye and a bit of creativity, you can find unique and budget-friendly materials to enhance your sewing projects while contributing to a more sustainable approach to crafting. Sometimes you might need to dig it but my items you don’t want but is included in a bundle.

Sometimes you find sewing treasures in yard sales, garage sales, estate sales and auctions too! Just look! You never know what you’ll find!

Upcoming Events

This is a list of the upcoming events that Steve Sews will be at. If you know of one in the East Tennessee area, let me know.

None at this time. Check back later.


Meet …

Meet the staff and/or equipment for Steve Sews.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

Don’t miss a single blog post about sewing, quilting, crafts, and recipes! Plus so much more!

Please like, subscribed, comment, share

Follow on WordPress

Follow Steve Sews Stuff on WordPress.com

Follow Steve Sews Stuff on Social Media:

You can also choose to follow Steve Sews Stuff on social media as well. (@SteveSews2)


Below are some examples of blog entries from all blogs that I do. (Courageous Christian Father, Steve Sews Stuff and SteveZ DesignZ).

Recent Feed of All of Steve’s Blogs

Loading RSS Feed

Recent Posts on Steve Sews

Below is a list of the most recent blog posts found on Steve Sews for you to check out.

  • The Revolutionary Sewing Machine: Because Hand-Sewing Was Too Mainstream
    The Revolutionary Sewing Machine: Because Hand-Sewing Was Too Mainstream – Ah, the sewing machine – the unsung hero of the fashion revolution, or should we say, the “threaded rebellion” against the tyranny of hand-sewing. In a world where people once believed in the meditative power of pricking their fingers with needles, the sewing machine dared to challenge tradition and bring efficiency to the realm of fabric manipulation. The Revolutionary Sewing Machine: Because Hand-Sewing Was Too Mainstream Gone are the days when your grandma would spend hours meticulously stitching together garments with the precision of a surgeon. Now, thanks to the… Continue reading The Revolutionary Sewing Machine: Because Hand-Sewing Was Too Mainstream
  • 2023 USPS Holiday Shipping and Mailing Deadlines Announced
    USPS Holiday Shipping and Mailing Deadlines Announced – To assist customers with their preparations for the upcoming busy holiday shopping and shipping season, the U.S. Postal Service is providing 2023 holiday shipping and mailing deadlines. The information below covers domestic, international and military shipping destinations to allow for the timely delivery of cards, letters and packages by Dec. 25th.
  • The Art of Sewing: From Needle and Thread to Creative Expression
    The Art of Sewing: From Needle and Thread to Creative Expression – Sewing has long been a cherished craft, allowing individuals to not only create beautiful and functional items but also to express their creativity. From intricate embroidery to elegant garment construction, the art of sewing offers endless possibilities. In this blog post, we will explore the joys and benefits of sewing, as well as provide some helpful tips for beginners.
  • Sewing and New Years: A Perfect Combination for Creativity and Resolutions
    Sewing and New Years: A Perfect Combination for Creativity and Resolutions – As the year comes to an end and we prepare to welcome a fresh start, there’s no better time than New Year’s to unleash our creative abilities. One activity that combines both creativity and self-improvement is sewing. Whether you’re an experienced seamstress or a novice with a needle and thread, sewing can be a wonderful way to channel your energy and set intentions for the year ahead. In this blog post, we’ll explore how sewing and New Year’s resolutions go hand in hand.
  • Sewing for Kwanzaa: Celebrating African Heritage with Handmade Crafts
    Sewing for Kwanzaa: Celebrating African Heritage with Handmade Crafts – Kwanzaa is a vibrant and meaningful celebration of African culture and heritage. It is a time for reflection, community, and creativity. One way to honor this special occasion is by incorporating sewing into your Kwanzaa traditions. Whether it’s making traditional African garments, crafting colorful accessories, or creating beautiful decorations for your home, sewing can add an extra touch of love and craftsmanship to your Kwanzaa celebrations. In this blog post, we will explore various sewing projects related to Kwanzaa and how they can be a meaningful part of your festivities.

Clipart: UnsplashPixabayPexelsOpenverseAdobe ExpressAdobe StockFreePikMetroCreative and more. This site uses Amazon Affiliate Ads & Google Ads.

About Post Author


Search for Sewing on Amazon
Affiliate links used.

Your Comment Is Appreciated!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.