I don’t have anything freshly sewn to show you, but I do have a special story about thrifted fabric from last week.  Last week I went for a walk with the kids. While we were out walking I felt like I should go to the thrift store within walking distance.

I didn’t want to go because I always spend money. I went anyway and found some great bags of fabric. We kept walking around the store and looked at some kid shoes. (Here are my tips for saving money while sewing.)

Then a lady walked up to me and asked if those were bags of fabric that I had. I warily said, “yes,” wondering if she wanted to take the bags or split up the fabric inside. Then she said that she had a whole bunch of fabric in her car that she wanted to go to someone who would use it.

I was almost speechless with surprise, but luckily I said thank you. I also told her that I make almost all of my kids clothes, so the fabric would definitely be used. We both checked out, she ran to her car and gave me over ten yards of fabric and then left.

And it’s wonderful beautiful fabric; let me show you.  Here’s all the fabric piled together. The fabric on the left is the fabric the nice lady gave to me, and the fabric on the right is thrifted fabric. When I thrift fabric I like to do a fabric burn test to help me figure out the content.

Thrifted Fabric and A Story of Generosity


The lace is a dark lavender and it’s stretchy. The middle fabric is a really light knit fabric almost like a vintage tricot. The last fabric is a soft colored organza fabric with beautiful colors and swirls.

Thrifted Fabric and A Story of Generosity

The two solid colors are wovens. I’m guessing they are a batiste or a voile because they have a really great drape. I’m sure they are 100% cotton because they feel very strong when wet. (Cotton is stronger when wet!) The striped fabric is some sort of synthetic woven fabric that I haven’t quite figured out. It has a very soft hand.

Thrifted Fabric and A Story of Generosity

The woven plaid is like a medium weight suiting fabric. I love the colors and the plaid, but it’s cut too short for anything for me. I’m not quite sure what to make with it.

The silver metallic fabric is a sweater knit with a crepe-like back. I have already cut it into a gorgeous circle skirt!

The windowpane plaid fabric is like a purpley/grayish-/brownish that I love. I love browns that are almost grays. I think I’m going to make a wearable muslin for a blazer and then use some awesome fabric once the pattern is perfected.

Thrifted Fabric and A Story of Generosity

These are the gifted fabrics. The two on the left are medium weight canvas like fabric. I’m already planning on turning the striped fabric into pretty fabric boxes for storage.

The fabric on the right is a gorgeous chambray, at least ten yards of it! I can make a shirt for me, my husband, and my kids and still have some leftover! I haven’t decided what to make with it, but it’ll be great.

Thrifted Fabric and A Story of Generosity

Has someone given you something great recently? I hadn’t been praying for fabric specifically, but I had been praying for other things. Maybe I was an answer to her prayer, but this experience just confirmed to me that God loves me and is aware of me.

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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6 thoughts on “Thrifted Fabric and A Story of Generosity

  1. Isn't it just like Christmas when someone is so generous with fabric! My mind goes to all the things I can make with it… and then again, sometimes I get fabric that well, as generous as people are… just not what I need for anything. That's when it's time to pay it forward. Find someone else who may want/need it themselves. Have fun sewing… that's what it's all about right?

    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm
  2. That is so great. Hurray for random acts of kindness!

    Posted on March 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm
  3. I'm so glad I found this post! I thrift a lot of my fabric, also. Awesome find on the stretchy lace! The plaid is another awesome find. You could use it to panel a top or skirt, re fabric a pair of shoes or handbag or clutch…. I can't wait to see what you do 🙂

    -Anastasia Ivy

    http://www.ivyoverjoyed.com

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm
  4. Wow! That is awesome. Way back when I started this blog, a friend from church gave me a box of fabric. It was such a blessing and truly made my day! I love that you found a similar blessing!

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm
  5. I had a similar experience when I was knitting at a library. I went home with a giant black garbage bag full of yarn from a lady whose arthritis prevented her from knitting anymore. Sometimes I am amazed by the generosity of others. Congrats on your score!

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm
  6. Lucky! I am so jealous of that chambray. I have been wanting a chambray shirt, but can't find anything I like. I have given up and am thinking I'll have to make one.
    I wish we lived closer. I would love to share fabric with you. I have way too much, so it would be good to see it made into something useful!

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm