10 Sewing Supplies You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Sewing can be an expensive hobby, whether you're just starting out or have been sewing for years. Here are the top 10 items found at the dollar store that would be perfect for your sewing room.

A self-healing cutting mat

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A cutting mat and rotary cutter are essential tools for any sewing project. The grid area of ​​this dollar store mat is just 6″ x 8″, which is a perfect size for keeping next to your sewing machine or taking to classes and retreats.

Small rotary cutter

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Get a small rotary cutter to go with the cutting mat. At this price, you can buy a new one instead of replacing a dull blade.

1/4″ elastic

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Quarter-inch elastic is just what you need for tons of projects like scrunchies or masks.

Decorative ribbon

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There are so many ribbons at the dollar stores. There are usually many different colors, styles and widths.

Terry cloth washcloths

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Terry cloth washcloths may not be a sewing item, but you can use them with ribbon to make adorable washcloth bears.

Fabric squares

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Fabric squares like this are perfect for sewing patchwork or decoupage projects. See 25 cute and scrappy sewing projects.

Cosmetic brushes

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A set of brushes like this is perfect for cleaning your sewing machine and costs much less than brushes from the quilt store.

Retractable card holder

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It may come as a surprise, but a retractable card holder or key ring like this is popular among seamstresses and quilters. Attach a small pair of scissors to one end and attach the other end to a cord or your clothing so you always have your thread cutters close at hand.

Marking chalk

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Tailors, bagmakers, quilters and seamstresses of all kinds often need to mark fabric. Chalk is the most popular marking tool, and you can find lots of it at dollar stores.

Button pots

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Organize your buttons, ribbon and trim scraps, and other items in pretty jars. There are many different sizes and styles at any dollar store.


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Many high-end sewing machines have touchscreens and come with a stylus to use on the screen. Replacing a lost stylus doesn't have to be a big expense. There are generic styluses at dollar stores. This type works on most touchscreen sewing machines, including Bernina, Brother and Babylock brands.

If you're just starting out with sewing, I have plenty of sewing projects to get you started. Discover all my free sewing patterns.

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