Save Money With Your Sewing Hobby

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Save Money With Your Sewing Hobby

Postby Sarah Doyle » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:52 pm

By repurposing clothing garments and home decor items, you can save hundreds of dollars each year. For example, men's old shirts can be made into toddler's dresses and paint cover-ups for children, outgrown adult and kids jeans can be made into purses and gym bags, old sheets can be cut into smaller sizes for baby doll quilts, etc. Start a list of what you have that can be reused, recycled and repurposed for new items.
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Postby JanS » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:38 am

I agree 100%. In this terrible economy we have to stretch that dollar to almost the breaking point. I have t-shirts that if they have a stain that just will not come out, they get an embroidery job over it. The family has gotten use to putting torn clothes in the sewing room instead of the bag for Goodwill.

I try not to recycle items into making other items that will not be used by us. No use making a bag from a pair of old jeans if no one want to use it. I just use the old jeans as patch material for other jeans. T-shirts, by the way, make great throw pillows. Just stitch all the openings shut, except one and stuff the darn thing then stitch that opening closed.

I remember when I was very young, my mother use to darn socks. I don't do socks because they are cheap enough to replace. You just have to balance what is worth repairing versus what isn't.
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Postby Sarah Doyle » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:11 am

Way to go!!!!! And I agree with you on recycling things into useful products -- if nobody needs/wants a new purse, use those old jeans for something else. I love the idea of making throw pillows out of old t-shirts. My 4 year old quadruplet grandbabies love to have their own pillows, and those would be nice and soft - thanks for the idea!

I've made a list of people I need Christmas gifts for, and am recycling lots of old clothes and decor items into gifts (toys, purses, hair bands, etc). http://Patterns2Go.com has lots of small (and large) gift items that can be made out of the recycled fabrics.
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Re: Save Money With Your Sewing Hobby

Postby deb2263 » Wed May 18, 2011 3:55 pm

I've been reading websites on sewing (as I just got started) and found 2 that I enjoy that do this.

New Dress a Day - she finds $1 items, or older items (recently a skirt and shirt from High school she had) and makes them into new dresses.
http://www.newdressaday.com/

Crafters also has a section called "Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed". http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=8.0

I've also saw pillow cases made into dresses or skirts. Thought that was interesting.
I found a sheet at a thrift store that wasn't used and plan on using that to cover my metal folding chair (found a pattern for it there too).
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Re: Save Money With Your Sewing Hobby

Postby Cyndy Kitt » Sat May 21, 2011 1:30 am

I grew up as a cash poor farm kid, my mother used to tear up worn out flannelette sheets for hankies. Not particularly attractive but more absorbent than regular handkerchiefs or tissues.
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Re: Save Money With Your Sewing Hobby

Postby GoldenThimble » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:41 pm

we take our old clothes & make quilts out of them, they come in handy in the winter. that's how I taught my husband & kids to sew.
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Re: Save Money With Your Sewing Hobby

Postby cambron teupe » Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:34 pm

I use torn sheets to try out the fit of new patterns. And don't forget doll clothes -- antique and vintage dolls actually look better in clothes made of old clothing that has faded a little than in new material.
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