It can be hard at times to manage to afford to make all of the wonderful things that you see on Instagram and Pinterest. Especially if like me you are running a relatively new small business!
However when money is tight there are definitely things that you can do to keep your craft stock fresh!
Here are a few of my thrifty crafting tips and tricks...
1) Keep any fabric off cuts.
Got an old dress that no longer fits you? Thinking of throwing it out? Don't do it until you've salvaged as much fabric from it as you can! If you've been working on other projects involving fabric - try not to throw away any off cuts. These scruffy fabric pieces can always be reused in patchwork projects, in making mini plushies and even to add a pop of colour to an old outfit!
2) Ebay is your friend
Ebay has a wealth of brilliant crafting shops - especially if you are looking to buy individual bits and bobs. Although known as the home of the online Auction there are plenty of instant buy options on there for loads of exciting crafting materials. Which makes ebay well worth a little look when you are trying to save your wallet!
3) Buy wool from charity shops
If you have an exciting wool based project in mind that you are dying to try out. Don't rush to hobbycraft just yet! In almost all charity shops you can find wool that fellow crafters have abandoned and sometimes you can get some real gems that cost 1/5 of the price. Such as this rainbow wool that I found and turned into a scarf last year!