It’s that time of year again – the school supplies are on sale, and the former teacher in me can’t help but pick up a few more things than what is on my kids’ school supply lists. BUT I have a good excuse! One of the things I learned from years teaching sewing at a high school is that regular school supplies are often great sewing supplies too. In fact, here’s my shopping list:
So, list in hand I hit the sale aisle and this is what I got.
First – washable markers. These work pretty well to mark fabric and wash out. And in a pinch, hand them over to a kid and buy yourself some time to finish a project.
Mechanical pencils. I go through these like crazy for drafting, list making, tracing patterns…
Hole punch and binder rings – these are great for hanging pattern storage. You can also use them to organize swatches to take to the fabric store so they don’t get crumpled and lost in the bottom of your purse.
Erasers. Besides using the for drafting, you can carve them into stamps for fabric printing.
Glue Sticks. For gluing PDF patterns. Or temporarily holding fabric together. If you get the washable kind, you can even sew with it in place instead of pinning. Though I wouldn’t do that with expensive fabric.
Binder clips. Also good for hanging pattern storage. And holding leather or vinyl together, or any other fabric that can’t be pinned.
Compass. Useful for adding seam allowances. And making circles.
You can use a protractor to draft curves. I looked for (but couldn’t find) a clear plastic ruler – these are useful in all kinds of ways in drafting, as are flexible bending rulers.
And finally – posterboard. This works great instead of tagboard for slopers, and also works nicely as a photo backdrop for blog tutorial photos. Sometimes propped up against your laptop to act as a standing backdrop, too.
So there you have it – a whole bunch of school supplies for sewing – now go stock up!