Here’s a few tips for getting the best value possible from an Our Social Fabric sale.
1) Buy off the bolts
At $2.00/meter, the bolts might be our best deal. If you need 12 meters of fabric to reupholster a couch, you could buy all the fabric you need for under $25.00!
2) Know how much you’ll need for various projects
When you’re choosing fabric from our bins, you can find pieces that range in size from 12″x12″ square to several meters in length. Knowing roughly how much you need for a given project will help you make good decisions. I’ve downloaded a few print-at-home patterns onto my phone so I always have an idea how much I’ll need for clothes in my size. (If you’re not good at guessing length, bring a tape measure!)
Several blogs have posted guides to fabric amounts that you can print out and bring to a sale for quick reference
After the Dress — “How much fabric?”: Dresses (check the sidebar for tops, skirts and more!)
Honey & Fitz — Upholstery guide
Sewing for Dummies — Estimating Fabric Yardage Needs for Common Misses Garments
3) Not enough fabric? Consider colour blocking
It’s not unusual to find one fabric in a couple different colours at an OSF sale. This can make for an excellent colour-blocking opportunity. This is also a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric (and make a totally one-of-a-kind piece). Check out these knit tops made by our board member Leah.
Do you have any tips for getting the most out of one of our sales? Let us know in the comments.