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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Oct 29 2017 02:11PM

We all love sewing but there is always a cost. If you are sewing for yourself, as a gift, or with a view to selling on, what are you prepared to pay out? Our top selling pattern is The Betty Bag and we have sold many, many copies of this pattern to sewers all over the world. I have costed out my favourite Betty sample as an example.



The Betty Bag PDF Sewing Pattern
The Betty Bag PDF Sewing Pattern
Why Handmade goods can sound expensive but be worth it!
Why Handmade goods can sound expensive but be worth it!

As you can see things soon add up and you have to ask yourself if you are planning to sell the bag you are going to have to price it very carefully. So if you are at your local craft fair and are surprised by the prices consider what goes into making one bag.


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It doesn't have to cost this much though. As bag designers we have to make our samples to catch the eye and it helps if the fabrics are from current collections.


There are ways to reduce the cost.


Bag furniture in particular can be bought cheaper if you know you are going to be making a few bags, buying singly means paying top price.


Bag linings don't have to be from a named designer plain fabrics can be bought quite cheaply if you shop around.


Polyester wadding is cheaper than cotton and has more spring in it than cotton which is better for bags.


Recycling, never throw anything away without removing any buttons and with old bags remove any hardware.


We have an item on our website about upcycling and generally scavenging for fabrics and reusable trim.



Scavenge and Save - A thrifty mums tips to filling up your stash
Scavenge and Save - A thrifty mums tips to filling up your stash


The Betty Bag Pattern can be found here


View the rest of our pattern range here


Or just keep on scrolling for more hints and tips!


Please feel free to post any business links in the comments on this post if you sell handmade goods or have a maker whos work you love!


Christmas is on the way and we love unique gifts

By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Aug 6 2017 06:15PM

Scavenge and Save Build up your sewing stash the thrifty way
Scavenge and Save Build up your sewing stash the thrifty way

Recycling or up-cycling is all the rage but what the trendsetters forget is that hard up mums have been doing this for years extending the lives of their children's clothes by turning up and letting down hems or making one thing out of another. 


Do a mental inventory of your home what do you have that is made of fabric but either past it's use or out of favour. Off the top of my head I have a single duvet cover with felt pen on one side, a pair of curtains from our old house that don't fit any of the windows here and a gathered full-length cotton skirt that makes me look like a circus tent! Take another look at these items and you can see I have several yards of useful fabric that I can use to make other things. 



Re use old curtains or keep any eye out for sales.
Re use old curtains or keep any eye out for sales.

We have all had times in our lives when money is tight for whatever reason and quite often this is when people start to learn to sew, but fabrics can be expensive especially if you want something really nice. If you look around we are surrounded by items made from fabric. Curtains, table linen, bedding, clothing it's all fabric. 





Duvets can be made into pillow cases and even lightweight summer dresses
Duvets can be made into pillow cases and even lightweight summer dresses

Many years ago, as a young mum I became a fabric scavenger my most memorable transformation was using my wedding dress to make a christening gown for my daughter creating a valued heirloom with huge meaning. It became a habit that before anything was thrown away, or sent to the charity shop or for recycling I asked myself these questions:


Do I like the fabric it is made of? What else could I use it for? Is there anything else on this I could use, zip, buttons, buckles, elastic?



Keep buttons from old clothes which you are going to throw away
Keep buttons from old clothes which you are going to throw away

Then I would sit and dismantle where necessary removing buttons, zips and trims and unpicking where gathered or pleated to make a flat piece of fabric that I could add to my stash. Old curtains are brilliant for making cushions and bags where it is an advantage to have a firmer fabric and an item that isn't going to be constantly in the washing machine. The duvet cover I could re-cut the unstained pieces into pillow cases, but it could also be made into a nightdress, blouse or use as lining on a project. The skirt when unpicked would provide at least three metres of fabric which could be made into a more flattering skirt, child's dress or any number of crafting and quilting projects.



So, if you want to save money become a fabric scavenger and if you haven't anything at home now charity shops sell curtains bedding and clothing that you could reuse for less than the cost of a metre of fabric.


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