Sewing your maternity wardrobe can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be, especially when you know how to find ways to save money. There are so many ways I save money while sewing and today I’m going to share with you an easy way to snatch up yards of fabric for a really good price. And really, this is not just for maternity sewing, you can use this tip and sew for anyone in your life!
What’s the secret to my success in creating a functional and thrifty maternity wardrobe? Investing in jersey sheets! And when I say investing, I really mean snag them when they go on sale and reap the rewards. Here in the United States, Walmart and Target have jersey sheet sets for approximately $20. However, I have found them on clearance for $10-15 and recently discovered them at a salvage store for as low as $5! The sets include a top sheet, fitted sheet and one pillowcase. Even when you invest in just a twin sheet set, you are buying about 6 yards worth of fabric. If you buy them full price, that’s $3.33 per yard. At the price I have found the sheets for, it’s only $.83-1.67 a yard!
But once you have 6 yards of the fabric, what can you do with it? Here are some ideas:
Garment #1 – Cara Maternity Tee with Graphic
The Cara Maternity Tee is my go-to pattern for any pregnant mama. It’s a great, simple and fitted tee that you can customize in many different ways. While a plain gray tee is a great staple to your maternity wardrobe, you can accent this tee with some fun graphics. Check here for two different ways to add something fun to your tees. Basic tee – check!
Garment #2 – Tania Culottes
If you’re in need of some more short or a skirt, the Tania Culottes is the pattern for you! These shorts are so flowy and dressy that they seem like a skirt and appear a bit more dressy than you feel. I’ve made a few pairs here and here, both not at their full potential since I didn’t have sufficient fabric to make them wide enough. But they still have a similar look. If you’re wondering how to make these maternity friendly, click over here for a tutorial. Skirt/shorts – check!
Garment #3 – Henley Tank Top with Special Accents
This shirt was made from four free tutorials and includes a pop of a more expensive fabric in addition to the jersey sheet. Using a little of your coveted fabric saves so much money and then you have more of that fabric left over for another project. The tutorials used for this shirt include: DIY Maternity Tank Top, creating a henley, adding a cap sleeve to a shirt (or dress), and DIY clothing labels. Another great aspect of this shirt is that I’ll be able to nurse with it when I’m ready. Nursing top – check!
Garment #4 – Simple Ruched Dress
This dress can easily be made with the Cara Maternity Tee pattern, extending the shirt about 20 inches (or your desired length). I used a non-maternity pattern that I had and added 20 inches, ruching both the front and the back, so it’s slightly different than how the Cara would turn out. Even though the dress took up nearly 2 yards of fabric, it still only cost me $3! What I love about this look is that I used the pillowcase to create the sleeves, using the already-hemmed sections of the pillowcase for the hems of my sleeves. Add in a scarf of your choice and viola, you have your date night outfit! Dressy look – check!
So there you have it! Four unique looks with the same fabric. And the best part? I still have more of the sheet left! There’s approximately 6 yards of fabric in a twin sheet. I’ll be able to make myself some postpartum PJs or something for the baby. Swing by Sew Thrifty to find out what I create next with a jersey sheet! Or check out my Instagram and #itsanothertargetsheet for more inspiration. How have you found ways to save money on your maternity wardrobe?