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I have been dabbling in sewing lately and have made some ring slings, pouch slings, mei tais, mama pads, diapers, and baby hammocks. I was mostly doing it for our little one we are expecting in September, but now I have people interested in purchasing them from me. I now have an outlet to sell them too.<br><br>
I'm not looking to make a whole lot of money, therefore, I would like this to stay a small venture.<br><br>
Where can I get material? We have a local craft store, but wouldn't people walk in and say, "Hey, I have a sling made out of that fabric!" There must be someplace I can purchase fabric at a wholesale cost, that would have fabric not available in stores.<br><br>
I am totally new to this and could use lots of advice! Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Well, the fabric that you can purchase wholesale will be available to retail customers. They will just be paying retail for it. To buy wholesale, you have to get a tax id number (by becoming a corp., LLC, or sole proprietor) and registering in your state. Then you would contact the manufacturers of the fabric you were interested in and see what their min. purchase is. The problem you may run into if you want to keep it small is that the min. purchase may be too high for you. Sometimes it can be 100 yards. Sometimes less. It depends on the kind of fabric and the company. You might want to try fabric.com, where you can contact them and register as a business and receive, I believe 20-30% off orders of $300+.
 

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What Beth said. Also, Fabric Depot also will give you 40% off a whole bolt. This is the way to go so you don't have to meet the minimums from the manufacturer.
 

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Also, use those 40% off Joann's coupons! But check around at any fabrics site and they may give you deals for buying by the bolt. You can also ask your local fabric shops if they will give you a similar discount.<br><br>
Editing this to say that the minimums depend a lot on the type of fabric. Quilting weight fabric, which is too light for most slings on it's own, but can be used for accents, is usually put up on 15-20 yd. bolts. These are the kind you see in Joann's mostly, where the fabric is folded in half and then wrapped around a rectangular cardboard bolt. Heavier fabrics (like the 8.5 oz. twill that I use on my mei tais) comes on rolls and their min. is a roll. The standard for a roll is 100 yards, but they vary usually from 70-130 yards. Some places will have 500-yd. mins even. The lighter weight prints usually come with lower minimums.
 
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