Great Bargains for People who Sew (Or Want To) at the Scrap Exchange in Durham


silk, velvet, and a heavily woven Belgium cotton from a recent Scrap Exchange haul
Silk, velvet, and a heavily woven cotton from Belgium in a recent Scrap Exchange haul

Fabrics: To say the decorator samples I find at the Scrap Exchange Creative Reuse Center  are “high-end” doesn’t do them justice.  The most expensive  piece I’ve ever taken home had an original  price tag of  $480 a yard.   Yikes!!  Who can afford that?

The numbers don't lie.  Original price $480.
The numbers don’t lie. Original price $480 per yard

But at the Scrap  I can fill a whole bag with those pricey discontinued  samples for just  $5 bucks.  That means I can make all kinds of fabulous (and affordable) things  like sumptuous silk purses and scarves for craft fairs and my Etsy shop.

Tools and Help: The Scrap Exchange’s Sew Night Community Meetup is the ultimate deal–it’s FREE!  On the  2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 6-9, machines (including a heavy-duty industrial and a serger), large tables for cutting and other tools; plus expert help, great creative ideas,  and inspiration are available to all skill levels,  free of charge.   The next one is this Thursday night.

Sewing Classes:  Not free but very affordable.  For example, on Sunday I’m teaching a 3.5 hour Basic Sewing Workshop in the Design Center for just $25 including materials.   Only one spot is still open in that class, but I’ll be  teaching again in the fall.   Here are the links for upcoming  sewing classes, followed by some  great projects made by my last group of Basic Sewing students. There’s something about the Scrap Exchange that just makes everyone super-creative!

10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Basic Sewing: https://scrapbasicsewing.eventbrite.com/
11/10, 11/17: Intermediate Sewing: https://scrapintermediatesewing.eventbrite.com/
Hannah's vintage lace and floral print tote bag with glitter straps
Hannah’s vintage lace and floral print tote bag with glitter straps
Hope's pink plaid bag with white flowers and straps
Hope’s pink plaid bag with white flowers and straps
Emma's blue and lace scarf
Emma’s blue and lace scarf
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