Ways to Save Money on Fabric Without a Coupon

The best way to save money at the fabric store is to use a coupon. Most fabric stores have ads that give as much as 50 percent off a single cut of fabric or 25 percent off your entire purchase. If you don’t have a coupon, though, you can still save money at the fabric store by knowing a few tricks. For instance, take a look at these ideas:

A variety of contemporary fabrics. From the le...
A variety of contemporary fabrics. From the left: evenweave cotton, velvet, printed cotton, calico, felt, satin, silk, hessian, polycotton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. Get a bolt of fabric that doesn’t have very much fabric left on it. When you go to get it cut, you can often get the remaining fabric at a discount. The person at the cutting table will usually offer the discount to you before cutting the amount you requested.
  2. Look for fabric that has flaws in it. The person at the cutting table will probably offer the fabric to you at a discount if you point out the flaws, because it really isn’t fair for them to sell you a damaged piece of fabric.
  3. Buy items on the remnant rack. Remnants are usually pieces of fabric that are less than one yard long. They are placed on the remnant and marked down for easy sell. This is a great way to get fabric for a small project that doesn’t require very much fabric. The best time to look at remnants is around the holidays when people tend to buy more fabric because of gifts.
  4. Look for fabric that was cut poorly the first time. Although you won’t get very much extra fabric this way, the person at the cutting table will start measuring from the shortest cut. You can get as much as a 1/4-yard of fabric free this way.

Do you have any other tips for saving money on fabric at the fabric store when you don’t have a coupon?

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