I know I use a lot of silk in my flower pattern samples and would like to share a few tips on how to think green or just shop smart when it comes to silk. Silk can be very affordable.
Here are some tips:
*Shop thrift stores for baby or children's dresses, silk drapes, pillow shams, bridesmaid dresses, and so on.
*Shop clearance centers such as TJMaxx to find gorgeous silk drapes which can have 5 yards of beautiful quality silk clearanced down to $10 which comes out to just a few dollars for a yard of silk. You can also look here for children's or women's dresses or blouses on clearance.
*Look in your linen closet for a mismatch silk drape or sham.
*Before donating those bags of clothes, look inside to see if you have any items made of silk.
*Outlet malls are a fabulous place to shop for silk. I have found at the Pottery Barn outlet in San Marcos gorgeous PBKids silk drapes for $5.00in the bins in the back. I know these PB outlets are not all over the country but home store outlets can be found at almost all outlet malls. Drapes are on of the best sources for silk. The quality of the silk that is used on drapes is most of the time much higher than what you will find at your local fabric store.
*You can find great deals at your local fabrics stores if you shop smart and use a coupon. You can get 1/4" yard cut of fabric and as you cut it on the bias just stitch together the ends to make flowers. Even a $20 a yard fabric in the home decor section with a 40% off coupon and by purchasing 1/4" yard cut will come out to just around $3.00 for 1/4 yard.
*Ebay can be a great place to find drapes at discount prices still in the packaging. I don't recommend purchasing used drapes through Ebay that you haven't seen before though because of pet/smoke odor issues.
I would love to hear your own ideas on thinking green or just shopping smart when it comes to purchasing silk! Leave me a comment or email me at Joyestallard@gmail.com to let me know your clever ways to upcycle silk!