Join me as I share what I have recently done that was frugal, not so frugal or even a frugal flop. I want you, my readers, to join in and comment on what you did that was frugal, not so frugal or just a plain frugal flop. Even if it was nothing but cutting the end of a tube off or rinsing the fabric softener bottle with water to get all the softener (yes I do that), it’s worth mentioning.
There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. There’s a chance that we can learn from each other’s flops as well. It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.
The past couple of days I have been putting my purely non-professional sewing skills to work. No I’m not highly trained or highly skilled, but I manage to get things done. I definitely wouldn’t be able to sell any of my works, but I can make our clothes last a little longer, saving them from being cut up to rags or being discarded, and saving my wallet from buying more.
The other day we were getting ready to go somewhere and K found a small tear in the armpit of one of her shirts, knowing she really wanted to wear it right away; I grabbed some thread and a needle and fixed it right up in less than 5 minutes. This quick fix reminded me that I had a few other things to fix and a skirt I wanted to make for K.
The Last Princess has 2 pairs of yoga pants that have an extra-large waist, requiring them to be rolled a couple times to even make them look like they fit. Since she has gotten a bit taller, rolling them leaves them a tad bit on the short side. So I tackled these babies in hopes of making the waist smaller.
Keep in mind that I am not a seamstress and my way of getting things done does not involve ripping out seams or taking things apart.
I stitched the waistband on the yoga pants up 1/2 an inch on both sides, trimmed the excess and then ended up with a bit of a bump or overhang on the bottom portion of the pants. Knowing this could be a tad bit oncomfortable as well as the funny look it gives the pants, I decided to make things right.
No problem, I just marked and measured both sides, ran the sewing machine across them both, cut the excess and voila! I think they turned out great.
The Last Princess is already wearing one pair and says they fit great!
Big Girl had been waiting forever for me to fix a pair of her “pretty” jeans. To be honest, I was a little worried about how I was going to fix these jeans as they ripped real close to the seam on the seat. If they had ripped anywhere else they might work right in with fashion, but this rip requires a fix.
I finally decided to fix them the old fashioned way with patches and my iron. Knowing that the patches will not stick long, I added a small zig zag topstitch in a dark thread all the way around the ripped area. I left the ragged threads to cover the patch and make everything stay dark. I then ran my sewing machine across the ragged thread area in a couple different places to help hold the ragged threads in place. Told you I’m no professional! I do see a need though and manage to get it done.
The jeans look pretty darn good if I might say so myself. I didn’t expect them to look perfect, but maybe now that the ripped area is camouflaged a bit, it will be fine. I know Big Girl will be glad to get them back. They were practically brand new when they ripped.
She will also be getting her sweatshirt back that had a small rip in it. I just put a few stitches in it by hand.
My last project was to make a maxi skirt for K following this Girls Knit Maxi Skirt Tutorial. I will say the tutorial is great, but my mind couldn’t process the instructions for folding the fabric in four and cutting. So I just folded twice and cut the normal size. I guess it was from having worked the night before, but I couldn’t figure out how it was going to work for me, without wasting a bunch of fabric. Call me simple or ….. just tired.
K is really happy to get her new skirt, and it will be adorable with a black or blue top and her black boots.
Aside from all the mending and sewing, I also managed to keep the refrigerator clear of leftovers, pack my meal for at work and made a great homemade pancake mix (I added blueberries of course). We have also cooked all our meals at home this week except one inexpensive lunch we ate out after an appointment.
I have also printed quite a few new coupons for my next few grocery shopping trips. Don’t forget I have a premanent link on my menu bar for printable coupons. Using this link helps support this blog.
Now we are in the process of gathering all the unwanted and unused items hanging around here for a yard sale we are having Saturday. I didn’t really want to have the sale, but the girls want to have it to make a purchase together, so here we go. It will be a great way to clean things out a bit.
What frugal things are you doing?
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