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Shopping for fabric is hands down one of my favorite things (but not for my bank account!) Sometimes it's fun to skip shopping for yards of fabric at your local fabric store or online and to get out there and see where else you can find great fabric.
What's cool is thinking outside of your local fabric store or fabric stores online...It spices things up! Here are just a few options to start looking outside of the box!
Some of my favorite fabric, cloth napkins! New and unused of course. Super gorgeous, heavy duty but light at the same time. Typically a set of them will be a great size to make a bunch of smaller items. It was the perfect size for this three piece set you see to the left. I was able to make a makeup case, tissue pouch and glasses case with fabric to spare!
I found this set and another at a garage sale actually, still in its original wrapping. The cost was extremely inexpensive and I think my products came out beautiful!
Another great find: bed sheets! I personally only use a bottom sheet when I sleep (weird, I know) so I'll try and find prints that I think are fun and fabulous. That way, I have fun sheets on my bed and great fabric to work with. Solid color sheets are also fantastic to use to line projects with. Sheets give you a lot of fabric to work with, even if it's only a twin size. Getting them on sale or with a coupon will save you some money too!
Check to see if there are any local upholstery businesses who might be interested in selling the bits of fabric that would be great for you to sew with. What are scrap pieces to them are gold mines for you. Typically their bits and pieces just don't leave enough yardage to use for their large projects. Upholstery fabric is absolutely stunning. It's of amazing quality, thick and durable. Patterns range from bold to elegant and everything in between. It's a great way to recycle fabric too!
Curtains, are another great option. Here, you'll also get a lot of yardage. But you'll also get a lot of variety on different types of fabric. You can go light and flowing or heavy duty. Along the same line are finding table cloths that you may love. You can easily turn them into runners if they are a bold print or simply make something fun! It can be a great way when decorating your home to tie in different parts of your house together..
Keep thinking outside the box.. Use t-shirts, vinyl tablecloths for outdoor items, blankets, or tie dye & dye your own fabrics, There is fabric all around us, it doesn't need to be wrapped around a bolt to be used! Some of my favorite fabric weren't bought in a normal store setting. Nope, I stumbled across them and took them home to see what magic I could make!
Stay tuned to see what unconventional items are fun to craft with!
A USB hookup for my Cricut.
It's something that sounds oh so simple, but let me tell you, it has made my Cricut experience so much more fantastic. I hope you'll spend the less than $20 that it cost me after reading this... Here's why:
The biggest thing for me is it allows me to take what I have in my head and map it all out before I can cut.
Basically, the Cricut Craft Room program you download once you get your USB lets you put all your cartridges in one place, You can place them on a virtual cutting mat and you can let your imagination go wild! You can layer, enlarge, slant images and so much more. So take what you have in your head, map it out and cut like crazy! The visualization helps me make the best things I can.
Because of that, it lets you utilize your paper. So you can stop wasting bits and pieces of paper that you might lose when you're just cutting. Instead, as you map out your images, you can see what parts of the mat are being used. So take advantage, think ahead
One of the things I have had issues with prior to getting my USB cord and Craft Room program, is knowing what settings I should be using based on what paper I have. But this program knows what settings should be used for different types of paper. It tells you the depth and pressure you should use as well as allowing you to choose how many times it cuts. Really, this has helped me better understand my machine and has saved me ruined paper.
Another great thing is you can experiment with other cartridges. So say, you're thinking about making a new purchase but you just don't know which cartridge you want to buy. Have no fear, the Craft Room lets you play around with all cartridges, you can't cut with them until you actually purchase it. But you can make the right choice for what you want to do in the future with your Cricut. You can even buy digital cartridges right from cricut.com that will be saved to your Craft Room. So you won't have to worry about storing cartridges.
It doesn't stop there! I love having the option of working on my projects wherever my laptop and I are. I can plan ahead, fool around with ideas and save them all in the comfort of my own bed. I can save as many projects I want and I can come back to them later. It's a great way to get work done even when I can't use the Cricut itself. Makes my time very productive and efficient.
If these aren't reasons enough to spend the $10 plus shipping on a USB cord then I don't know what will convince you! What I do know is that this USB and the free download of the Craft Room has tremendously helped my Cricut experience and all the products I have been able to make! So check it out some more and take that step to a better crafting life. I promise you won't regret it!
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