One man’s trash is another treasure. There are organizations around me that practically give away fabric. The ones I go to charge for scraps by the bag – anywhere from $5 for a grocery bag full of scraps to $20. The money goes to cover the cost of running their non profits and I happily hand over cash for my bags of treasures.
These organizations harvest fabric from designer showrooms My main sources are in the San Francisco Bay Area – SCRAP, and FabMo. Read more about my scrounging adventures at SCRAP on a previous blog post here.
Designer showroom fabric samples generally are small rectangles and attached to cardboard headers. In the best cases they’re stapled. Harder to deal with are ones that have sticky stickers attached to them or have hot glued cardboard bits. In any case, there’s typically enough to rescue bits of fabric to make fun stuff like these fish.