Friday, July 27, 2007
Frugal Friday--Recycle Old Clothing
One of the most useful, frugal, and creative things you can learn to do is how to sew. You may not feel very excited when you look at your mending basket, but, like other frugal habits, you can achieve great satisfaction from your efforts. And some mending projects require a bit of creativity to fix the problem, so you get to exercise that part of your brain, too. Some pieces may be beyond repair, but you may be able to recycle them into other uses, either reworking the piece into clothing or something beautiful for your house or for a friend. Reworking pieces might require more than "bachelor sewing skills," so you'll need to take the time to hone more advanced skills. For less than perfect (collectable) pieces, updating vintage clothing is all the rage now, even among teens. There's not a better time to combine your skills and creativity to make something new out of something old. Here are some links to information to help you do just that.
Beginning sewing lessons:
Online Free Sewing Book
Learn to Sew at Sewing.org
Easy Clothing Repairs (pdf)
Mending an "L" tear with iron-on mending tape (video)
How to Mend Clothes from How Stuff Works
Repurposing Old Clothes, Sheets, and Tablecloths
Ideas from Rachael Ray
Recycling Clothing Using Your Sewing Skills
Make diapers, soakers, wipes, & doublers from old clothing
More Clothes Recycling
31 Uses For Old Clothing
Article on the comeback of sewing among young people: Circling Back to Sewing
I hope you're inspired to see what you can creatively recycle and repurpose.
More Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood.