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Money Saving Tips on Crafts! (Originally Posted August 26, 2018)

I woke this morning happy I didn’t have to go to work, ready to get some errands done and go to Joanne’s fabric store. Can I just give them a shout out? I love the sales and coupons and if you time your trip just right, you’ll feel like a superstar saver.

Costs for crafting supplies are expensive and I’ve scoured stores and the internet to find the best prices. I want to share some of my favs with you.

Joanne’s fabric store

If you go in here unprepared be ready for some sticker shock but do what I suggest and you’ll be excited to see the next sale email. Get the app, sign up for emails and texts. You’ll stay on top of the weekly sales plus the surprise ones. You’ll also have access to special coupons that you can’t get thru their website. As a bonus, when you have your cellphone on you at the store, they’ll just scan each coupon right from it, so no printing coupons, save ink, save trees, win win. The emails will also keep you up to date on online only deals, pair that with free in store pick up and score! One thing I love about Joanne’s is the remnant bin.  Everything in the remnant bin is marked according to the original price per yard multiplied by how much of fabric there is, then you get 50% off that total.  I’ve found lots of stuff in the remnant bin, it’s good for those little projects that you don’t need over a yard of material.

Michael’s

I’m not a huge fan of this store because it is expensive. However I find things in Michael’s that I can’t get anywhere else. While I’m there I always pull up their store on my cell phone and use their coupons from their website. No need to print before hand, they too will take your phone and scan it. You can always get 40 percent off one item, but beware of the fine print, you can’t use it on everything.( I’ve found this out the hard way).

Walmart

Most Super Walmart’s have a craft/fabric department.  They have a decent selection of fabrics from different kinds of fabrics like cottons, knits, faux leather, mesh, furry, fleece, etc. to many choices of quilting cottons and home decor fabrics, children’s fabrics and inter facings.  The prices are also very nice, you don’t have to wait for a sale to go to Walmart, most prices are $3.00 a yard and up, not to mention less than that from the clearance section.  The ONLY problem with Walmart is this: there is NEVER anyone around than can assist you with cutting the fabric. I inevitably spend 5-10 minutes walking from department to department to find an employee that can page another employee to the fabric department.  So I basically gave up.  As far as other craft supplies go, what crafts they do have are usually better prices than anyone else, so be sure to check Wal-mart.

Tuesday Morning

I don’t know how popular these stores are but we have one in my area and I love it.  It’s like a Marshall’s or Ross but they have a CRAFT SECTION!!!  Because it’s like one of those stores, you know nothing is consistent or the same every time you go.  It’s exciting because you never know what they’ll have when you go in that day.  They have pre-cuts, yarn, rotary cutting tools, scrap booking, painting, stamping, canvas, etc, etc, etc.  Let me tell you the best part, I love pre-cut fat quarters, Joanne’s sell for $9.99-$14.99 each but at Tuesday morning, I’ve scored them for $3.99 each. So if you have one of these stores, go and check it out, you’ll love the whole store.

Missouri Quilt Company

I found this website while I was trying to order different kinds of fabric but I didn’t want very much.  Fabric.com won’t allow you to purchase anything less than 1 yard or it might be 2, Joanne’s a 1 yard minimum, so when I found this website, I noticed that they were comparably priced to fabric.com but would let me order as little as a 1/4 of a yard.  They have a nice large selection and daily deals that are pretty good.  They make my list because I can order whatever size of fabric I want, plus shipping is $5.00 flat, no matter what you order.

Craftsy

Did you know they sell craft supplies? I love Craftsy, I’ve gotten so many great patterns on there for free and as far as prices go, they have pre-cuts that are less than anyone else, not to mention pretty nice patterns too.  In addition, every so often they have sales and the prices get marked down even more.  Join Craftsy, it’s free, and you’ll be glad you did.

So these are the few places that I frequent, I hope I’ve enlightened you in one way or another.  I love hearing tips about where I can get craft supplies cheap, sometimes its a rush to get good deals and save lots of money.  If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them.


Excerpt (October 23, 2018) Gosh, I found a lot of grammar and spelling errors, sorry about that.  I love this blog post, its right up my alley.  I love saving money, let me tell you a couple new sources that I came across.  First, I found someone selling home decorating fabric sample books, I got about 14 for $25.00.  It’s not huge pieces of fabric but I can quilt with them to get them larger or use them for small projects. I also have been really lucky to get these huge grab bags of fabric at Goodwill.  I have found quilted fabric that normally costs $16.99 per yard, nice and uncut for $5.99.  That and more including vintage fabrics, it was a good find.  Bargain Hunter should be my middle name.


Sherry

Interview with a Crafter’s Husband

I came up with the idea that I could interview my husband and see what he thought about my life as a crafter.  Let’s face it, we read funny memes that give the impression that our husbands are rolling their eyes at us like we eat, sleep, and breathe crafts and they think we have enough supplies. So let’s see where mine stands, and I told him to be completely honest….

Can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself?

I’m 40 years old, slightly out of shape, I’m an outgoing guy.  I work at a Nissan dealership.  I like to be the center of attention, to accomplish that I act goofy.

How long have you been married?

19 years but we’ve been together 23 years.

Where did you meet?

Highschool, but later found out that we lived in the same neighboorhood.

What is the one thing you love about your wife?

She’s the mother of my children.

Your wife is a crafter, yes? How do you feel about that?

Fantastic, proud, happy she has hobbies she enjoys.

Do you know what crafts she likes/does?

Yes, sewing, crocheting, painting, and she started dabbling in small crafts like key chains, drawing.

Do you know how to do any of those crafts?

Yes, I can draw, and I can spray paint but I can’t paint, I can sew on a button, but not good.

Do you mind that she crafts?

Not at all, not anymore.

What does anymore mean?

At first I was jealous at the money being spent but then I realized she had to spend money to make money (meaning my etsy store).

How much time do you say she spends crafting? Do you mind?

In a day, 4-5 hours, any free moment she gets (laughs), not at all.

How much money does she spend crafting? Do you mind?

Unknown by her husband, not anymore.

Do you like to go to the craft/fabric store?

No, because I find stuff I want to do but we’re not there for me.  Fabric store, no I don’t mind really.

What does your wife do when she’s not crafting?

Spend time with me or her friend down the road.

Quiz

What are pinking shears

I have no idea, some kind of scissors.

What is a walking foot?

Allows you to turn the fabric while it’s moving.

What is fray check?

To keep your fabric edges from fraying, is it a stitch?

Do you know what it means to stitch in the ditch?

No.

What is fusible fleece?

Fleece with a backing that you can attach to your fabric by heat.

What is tulle?

Anything used to, I don’t know (laughs) a screwdriver?

The End. Hope you enjoyed my little interview, I think it made my husband feel special, whatever it takes right? Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Sherry

 

Crafting and family

Crafting of any kind takes time and one thing that we crafters know, is that there is never enough time to craft!  A family on its own can be a challenge, between working, cooking meals, grocery shopping, appointments, kids, husband, cleaning, these are requirements for a good run household.  So how can you craft among all of this? I’ll tell you how I pull it off and maybe you can pick up some tips from me, sound good? Okay, lets go!

During the week

I work Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a desk job, longing all day in my heart to go home and be with my family.  I have a bit of a drive, so I get home at 5:00 p.m. everyday.  I have to come home and cook dinner, feed the puppy, take out the dog, feed the cat, tidy the kitchen, and wash dishes.  Then I can craft.  One thing to know about me is that I only stay up till 8:30 p.m. to maybe 9:30 p.m. so I don’t have a lot of time.  I spend about an hour in my craft room and then I come out and spend time with my husband.  My children are 13 yrs and 19 yrs so they have their things they are working on, so I’m lucky but if they were younger, I wouldn’t be crafting until their bedtime. While I hang out with my husband, I am watching T.V. and crocheting at the same time.

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On the weekends:

I have a strict weekend regimen.  Saturday morning we go to the store and do all the grocery shopping.  I come home, put it all away, clean any dishes and sit down to rest.  While I’m sitting, I am crocheting.  When I get the chance, I go and sew or stay crocheting.  I clean house and do chores by taking breaks and I’ll put a load of laundry in the washer or maybe vacuum. I personally I have little interruptions on Saturday so I can putz around for hours on end and start dinner at 4:00 p.m. I’m pretty much done sewing at this point but if I end up in front of the t.v. again, then I’m crocheting.

Out and About

I will also take crochet projects out of the house if I know I will be somewhere for a prolonged period of time. For instance, we just sat in a car dealership for 5 hours and luckily I brought along a ball of yarn and hook and kept my self pretty occupied while waiting.  I’ve also been known to bring a few crochet projects in the car when we take long car rides or stay at hotels.  I’ve taken crochet projects to friends houses, but you have to be careful if those people smoke, because your project will come home smelling like it, unless of course it is a gift for those people (then they won’t care).

Spouse and Children

I am lucky to have a very supportive family.  I have suffered from depression in the past, so my family knows that I need to take the time to do things I enjoy and they know I will also leave time for them.  I also have my own Etsy store so I have to have some time to work on projects or what’s the point. I make sure that if my kids want my attention before I get started, I give it to them and the same with my husband, we have an agreement that I work until a certain time and then I’m coming to hang with him.  Its about communication and respect. If you’re children are little, you may only be able to craft when they go to bed or nap and that’s just what you’ll have to do but I can tell you as the grow up, your freedom will become greater and you’ll have more time for yourself.

I know it sounds like I have my life wrapped up in crafting and I do for the most part.  I personally have nothing else to occupy my time, my children are older and my husband has his hobbies too.  Crafting also makes me feel happy, satisfied, and accomplished, which is something that you need when you’re prone to depression.  I know everyone has a different life, situations, schedules and by no means do I think everyone life will mirror mine.  However, I think with some creative planning we can all fit in some things we enjoy, even if its just quick enough to cut some fabric and come back tomorrow to sew it (or the day after).

Sherry

Things you don’t know about me

Here is 42 Q&A’s to help you to get to know me better:

1. What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

Answer: Either Crafting or going out of town, specifically Orlando, Florida.

2. What type of music are you into?

Answer: My favorite genre is 80’s hair metal and the Rolling Stones.

3. What was the best vacation you ever took and why?

Answer: Disney World, because it is the happiest place on earth.

4. Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

Answer: I would love to go to Japan.

5. What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?

Answer: Sewing, my mother sewed and I learned from her. Gardening, my father gardened and I think its in my blood. Crochet, I always wanted to do it and my mother taught me. Painting, I have always drawn things. Misc crafts, I see on Pinterest and I try them.

6. What was your favorite age growing up?

I don’t remember much from childhood.

7. Was the last thing you read digital or in print?

Answer: I googled about my new little catahoula/beagle puppy.

8. Would you say you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert?

Answer: Introvert for sure.

9. What’s your favorite thing about your current job?

Answer: Being investigative.

10. What annoys you most?

Answer: I believe in the “Do unto others as you would have done to you”, people who don’t follow this rule annoy me.

11. What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

Answer: Knowing things that most people don’t know (about medical billing)

12. Do you think you’ll stay at your current company awhile? Why or why not?

Answer: Yes, my employers are good to me, you’d be stupid to quit my job.

13. What type of role do you want to graduate to after this one?

Answer: Grandma

14. Are you more of a “work to live” or a “live to work” type of person?

Answer: work to live

15. Does your job make you feel happy and fulfilled? Why or why not?

Answer: Most of the time, especially when I accomplish a lot of work. If I don’t then I feel like a failure, this is the same at anything I do.

16. How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do?

Answer: Wow, my drawing has really come a long way.

17. How much time do you spend with your family?

Answer: My husband and children, a couple hours each evening and the weekends. The rest of the family, usually just holidays.

18. Who do you most like spending time with and why?

Answer: My husband and kids, because they are drama free and are a pleasure to be around.

19. Were you close with your family growing up?

Answer: Extended family, no. Siblings, I think fairly close. Parents, dad no, mom fairly close.

20. How do you define your family now?

Answer: My refuge from the world.

21. What traits are most important to you in your family members?

Answer: Honesty, respect, listening, communication, kindness.

22. Who are you the closest to and why?

Answer: My husband, he is my best friend.

23. Do you want a family of your own?

Answer: Always wanted one and God blessed me with a fabulous family.

24. What’s a relationship deal breaker for you?

Answer: Abuse of any kind.

25. If you had only one sense (hearing, touch, sight, etc.), which would you want?

Answer: Sight, the world is full of beautiful things.

26. What is your definition of success?

Answer: Happiness with your decisions in life. 

27. Are you at all religious or spiritual?

Answer: Yes, I am a Christian.

28. What are you most proud of in the last year?

Answer: Beating depression.

29. What makes you feel most accomplished?

Answer: Completing tasks or projects.

30. Who do you admire most in the world?

Answer: Not any particular person, but Entrepreneurs.

31. If you won a million dollars, what would you do with the money?

Answer: Get a financial adviser. Then help persecuted Christians, feed the poor, help my family.

32. If you could do anything, besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?

Answer: Own a plant nursery.

33. What do you regret not doing in the last year?

Answer: Nothing really stands out.

34. What’s on your bucket list?

Answer: See the Rolling Stones in concert, See Motley Crue in concert, travel more.

35. If you had unlimited money to start your own business, what would it be?

Answer: A plant nursery.

36. If you found out today was your last day on Earth, what would you do?

Answer: Spend time with my husband and kids.

37. If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or over it?

Answer: Walk around it- or hop over it.

38. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Answer: Invincibility.

39. If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go?

Answer: The 60’s seemed like fun.

40. If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?

Answer: A cat.

41. If you got to name a new country, how would you decide what to call it?

Answer: I would get inspiration from the landscape and its inhabitants.

42. What would be the title of your memoir?

Answer: I can’t sit down and do nothing.

Sherry

You made WHAT? Weird & Inappropriate handmade items…

I am often combing through the lists of free crochet patterns when I see some of the weirdest items made by different people.  From crochet body parts to naughty crochet items, I think I’ve seen it all, then someone surprises me…..

Facehugger by camaharet

Your worst nightmare crocheted in cotton yarn.  I don’t know about you, but I was a kid when the Alien franchise came out and it scared the living daylights out of me, the idea that you could be harboring one of these nasties in your chest was terrifying….

Cat Corpse Hat by Courtney Wiche

A cat corpse hat, first of all, it’s a crazy idea but to top that off there are numerous people who have created one and posted their pictures online. Who da thunk?

Cat Butt Coasters by Indoor Cat Crochet

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cat-butt-coasters-2https://www.ravelry.com/download/641818/free

From dead cats to cat butts- Hmmm.. I’m just shaking my head…..

Viking Beard Hat by Esther Leavitt

http://www.craftown.com/Viking-Beard-Hat.html

This one is not really bad, it’s kind of cool.  I can only imagine how long it took to make this.

Knitting in Biology by Emily Stoneking

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/biology-101https://www.etsy.com/listing/69071018/knitting-in-biology-101-black-background?ref=shop_home_active_11

The last time I saw one of these was in middle school and I honestly didn’t care to look at it again. Truly a one of a kind piece, very unique and very weird.

 Honestly, this woman is a real artist. Read about her at her etsy shop. She's making enough selling these to put herself through school. And you can get yours by Christmas too.

Crocheted uterus with adorable smiley face by Mabbo

http://cuterus.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-make-your-very-own-uterus_06.html

A crocheted uterus, ha ha ha…..Who would want this? Why? I ask you why?

Crochet Anatomical Human Heart by Kyla Raay

https://yarnutopia.com/2018/04/13/anatomical-heart-amigurumi/

Pretty cool, I guess this is what you make when you’ve ran out of ideas, there’s actually several versions of hearts on Ralvery.

Boob Beanie Crochet Pattern by The Oxford Family

http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2010/10/free-boob-beanie-crochet-pattern.html

This would be a great gag gift at a baby shower, with the expectation that the mom would never put it on the poor baby…..

Ood Ski Mask Crochet Pattern by Lilana Wofsey Dohnert

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ood-ski-mask-crochet-patternhttps://www.ravelry.com/download/130167/free

I don’t know what this is, but this would definitely get a second take.

Giant Q-Tip by Jean Herman

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giant-q-tip

(Brow Furrow) Why did someone need this? Do they know someone who can use it? Was it a gag gift? Help me out here.

Fetus in a Jar by Kelley Freeman

https://www.ramenneedles.com/single-post/2018/02/05/Crochet-Friday-Fetus-in-a-Jar

All I can say is this is just disturbing….

I hope you enjoyed my list of the weirdest crochet projects, this is not all of them, I chose not to put anything in here that was of mature content and trust me, there are plenty of those.  If you’ve seen something weird or crazy while searching the craft boards, show me!

Sherry

Craftsy – You Need To Know About This!

If you haven’t checked out Craftsy yet, you’re missing out.  Craftsy is a website devoted to numerous crafts.  For each craft they have online classes to watch, supplies you can buy, patterns, tips and a blog.  They topics they feature are: Quilting, sewing, knitting, family, art, cake making, cooking, baking.  They also have sections devoted to clearance, crochet, photography, jewelry, embroidery, paper craft, wood, fabric, yarn, spin, weave and lifestyle.  I personally have only explored the sewing and crochet sections.

Free Patterns

Who loves free stuff- me!me!me!. The pattern section is endless. They have 2433 free sewing patterns, 6768 free crochet patterns, 3203 knitting patterns, and more, well enough to keep you busy for a loooonngg time.  Don’t stop there though, the patterns for sale are really good too and I have purchased a few. I just recently discovered by writing this post that there is 2594 quilting patterns for free and they are not all just about quilting blankets and quilt squares. Another feature is your pattern library, where your patterns are saved and you can access them over and over again.  Overall, there is such a great selection from clothes to wallets, home decor, holiday stuff, purses you name it, theres a pattern.

Ideas

Another great feature of their website is the idea page. Every hobby has an idea tab where you can get inspiration for your next project by seeing what other people have made and ideas from Craftsy, as well as blog posts.  Also, when you click on one of the member uploaded pictures you get to see what they made from the pattern they got off Crafsty.  They give you a link to the actual pattern and you get related patterns that also might strike your interest.   I like to see real people making what I saw on Craftsy or even another version of something I already made. You can even submit your own projects you’ve created to share with other people, which I should totally do.

I’m really impressed with Craftsy as you can tell and by writing this post, I’ve discovered even more great things about it.  I think you should totally check it out, and just so you know, I am not getting paid to say this, but I think when you find a good thing you should share it with others.  If you love Craftsy, tell me what you love the most, or if I helped you discover Craftsy, tell me what you think.  I love your comments! Have a great day!

Here is the link to check it out: www.craftsy.com

Sherry

To Sell or Not to Sell, this is the question…

You may have wondered this or maybe not, but you can’t use every free pattern you find to make things that you can sell.  I have been making things from patterns for a long time now, and finding Craftsy, Ralvery and the huge assortment of bloggers out there providing free patterns, I have a massed quite a collection of patterns.  Sometimes I get lucky and I can figure out the pattern and make something or I find out either I did something wrong or somebody else did. and the pattern amounts to nothing.

I started making stuff for my daughter and son, then my husband, nieces and nephews, but then I ran out of people to make things for that would actually want it.  So I said to myself, I love sewing but I have no inspiration so I am just going to start making things and keep them in a box for gifts or maybe one day to sell.

That one day came, and when I started going thru that box I had some pretty neat stuff in there to start selling on Etsy. I had uploaded all of them and opened shop when I had seen a pattern post days later that stated at the bottom, “items made from this pattern may not be sold for commercial use.” Then I panicked, “Oh my God, what if I put something online that I’m not allowed to sell”.  Let me tell you I was scared because I had read the whole copyright warning in Etsy’s seller handbook and I didn’t want to break any rules or get into any trouble,  I just wanted to do my thing and you do your thing.

Needless to say, I had a couple of things that I was not allowed to sell and had to take them down (now they are gifts), and somethings that I couldn’t determine if I was allowed or not so I left them alone, crossing my fingers.

So, how do you know what you can sell or not? Well it’s pretty easy most of the time.  You just need to check the “About” “Terms of Use” or “Copyright” pages to see what the permissions are.  Surprisingly, I have found that a lot of people with sewing patterns do not like you to sell anything you make, but a lot of people with crochet patterns are okay with you selling what you make.  I don’t understand why? It’s a real shame because lets face it, there are a lot of people out there that see stuff online and they love it, but can’t buy it because its DIY or nothing, and not all people are crafty. That was one of my reasons for my Etsy page, to make those things that people are seeing online but they don’t know how to make it, but I do.

Sometimes you can buy the rights to sell the things you make.  I came across a site once that I found this tubside kneeling pad (I’ve yet to make it).  I scoured her site looking for details when I came across the fine print: if you want to make and sell something from my site, you can buy the rights from my Etsy page.  So I checked it out, and for $4.50 I bought the right to make and sell this mat.  I’ve come across maybe two or three other people who offer the same purchasing right but they want you to contact them for details, which makes me think it’s expensive.

In conclusion, all of the patterns are meant for your own personal use, for you to make for family or friends, and charity, but if you plan on selling it, be careful and watch your p’s and q’s.  You definitely don’t want to step on any toes and end up getting shut down.  In the end, as long as your careful, you should be just fine.

Sherry

Crafting Pet Peevs

If you craft, you know that there are moments that just slow you down, that just irritate you, that you hate doing, or that you’re not good at.  These are my pet peeves:

  • When you’re almost done with your sewing project, and your thread runs out, or your bobbin.
  • When you’re hand sewing and you keep losing your thread out of your needle.
  • You’re using your seam ripper (you thought carefully) when you tear a hole in your fabric.
  • You’re going too fast and you miss some part of the instructions and you ruin what you’re doing, you have to stop and regain your composure and undo what you did wrong, if possible. 
  • Not paying attention to wrong side/right side and sew the opposite two together.
  • Binding- uhg I hate binding.  I can’t do it right, that’s why.
  • When your crocheting and your yarn comes out of the skein tangled up and causes you to have to cut your yarn to get thru the mess.
  • People trying to talk to you when you’re trying to figure out a pattern. 
  • Time going by too fast when you’re having fun crafting and you have to quit because you  need to cook dinner or its time to go to bed.
  • Waiting for glue to dry.  Waiting for anything really.
  • Misplacing your scissors, marking pen or ruler.
  • Pinning down patterns, very meticulous work.
  • You’ve been sewing for a whole minute, to realize you ran out of thread and have been sewing nothing.

I think I could keep going but I don’t want to appear to be too much of a fusser.  Anyone else have a pet peeve I didn’t mention, or maybe you totally understand what I’m saying- let me know.

Sherry

Money Saving Tips on Crafts!

I woke this morning happy I didn’t have to go to work, ready to get some errands done and go to Joanne’s fabric store. Can I just give them a shout out? I love the sales and coupons and if you time your trip just right, you’ll feel like a superstar saver.

Costs for crafting supplies are expensive and I’ve scoured stores and the internet to find the best prices. I want to share some of my favs with you.

Joanne’s fabric store

If you go in here unprepared be ready for some sticker shock but do what I suggest and you’ll be excited to see the next sale email. Get the app, sign up for emails and texts. You’ll stay on top of the weekly sales plus the surprise ones. You’ll also have access to special coupons that you can’t get thru their website. Bonus, when you have your cellphone on you at the store, they’ll just scan each coupon right from it, so no printing coupons, save ink, save trees, win win. The emails will also keep you up to date on online only deals, pair that with free in store pick up and score! One thing I love about Joanne’s is the remnant bin.  Everything in the remnant bin is marked according to the original price per yard times how much of a remnant it is, then you get 50% off that total.  I’ve found lots of stuff in the remnant bin, it’s good for those little projects that you don’t need over a yard of material.

Michael’s

I’m not a huge fan of this store because it is expensive. However I find things in Michael’s that I can’t get anywhere else. While I’m there I always pull up their store on my cell phone and use their coupons from their website. No need to print before hand, they too will take your phone and scan it. You can always get 40 percent off one item, but beware of the fine print, you can’t use it on everything.( I’ve found this out the hard way).

Walmart

Most Super Walmart’s have a craft/fabric department.  They have a decent selection of fabrics from different kinds of fabrics like cottons, knits, faux leather, mesh, furry, fleece, etc. to many choices of quilting cottons and home decor fabrics, children’s fabrics and inter facings.  The prices are also very nice, you don’t have to wait for a sale to go to Walmart, most prices are $3.00 a yard and up, not to mention less than that from the clearance section.  The ONLY problem with Walmart is this: there is NEVER anyone around than can assist you with cutting the fabric. I inevitably spend 5-10 minutes walking from department to department to find an employee that can page another employee to the fabric department.  So I basically gave up.  As far as other things do, what crafts they do have are usually better prices than anyone else, so be sure to check Wal-mart.

Tuesday Morning

I don’t know how popular these stores are but we have one in my area and I love it.  It’s like a Marshall’s or Ross but they have a CRAFT SECTION!!!  Because it’s like one of those stores, you know nothing is consistent or the same every time you go in there.  It’s exciting because you never know what they’ll have when you go in that day.  They have pre-cuts, yarn,rotary cutting tools, scrap booking, painting, stamping, canvas, etc, etc, etc.  Let me tel you the best part, I love pre-cut fat quarters, Joanne’s sell for $9.99-$14.99 each but at Tuesday morning, I’ve scored them for $3.99 each and they were cute. So if you have one of these stores, go and check it out, you’ll love the whole store.

Missouri Quilt Company

I found this website while I was trying to order different kinds of fabric but I didn’t want very much.  Fabric.com won’t allow you to purchase anything less than 1 yard or it might e 2, Joanne’s a 1 yard minimum, so when I found this website, I noticed that they were comparably priced to fabric.com but would let me order as little as a 1/4 of a yard.  They have a nice large selection and daily deals that are pretty good.  They make my list because I can order whatever size of fabric I want, plus shipping is $5.00 flat, no matter what you order.

Craftsy

Did you know they sell craft supplies? I love Craftsy, I’ve gotten so many great patterns on there for free and as far as prices go, they have pre-cuts that are less than anyone else, not to mention pretty nice patterns too.  In addition, every so often they have sales and the prices get marked down even more.  Join Craftsy, it’s free, and you’ll be glad you did.

So these are the few places that I frequent, I hope I’ve enlightened you in one way or another.  I love hearing tips about where I can get craft supplies cheap, sometimes its a rush to get good deals and save lots of money.  If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them.

Sherry

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