Sewing requires some specialized tools, the biggest one being the sewing machine itself. If sewing is new to you, your inclination might be to get a sewing machine as cheaply and easily as possible. Purchasing tools within your budget is necessary, but getting the cheapest (or free-est) machine possible is usually not the best option.
Shopping for fabric can be overwhelming. There are so many different colors and types of fabrics available, and the prices can range from a few dollars a yard to over one hundred. Home decor fabrics tend to be more expensive, so you want to be happy with what you select. Following a few basic guidelines will help you in your selection process.
If the sum total of your sewing tools includes a pair of scissors from the kitchen junk drawer, a rusty needle you keep around to dig out slivers, and a roll of duct tape... you have a little shopping to do. The quality and type of tools you use for home decor sewing can make the difference between a project that was fun to make and you're proud to display, and one you feel like hurling out the window.