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It’s not very often that my husband sends me articles about sewing. We don’t follow many of the same blogs (aside from my own, I don’t know that he reads any sewing related information), so when one of his favorite sites discusses something crafty he makes sure I know about it. Most recently he sent me this article from GetRichSlowly which discusses not just how to save money by sewing, but a few, simple tips for the beginner. Have more tips to share? Leave a comment here on how you save money by sewing!


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    Apr 21, 2010, 07.00 PMby hstorm799

    I like the comment from kellen46. I just repurposed an old pillow sham back for a shirt for my daughter and really felt good about not trashing it. I am an anti-waste kind of person anyway, so when I sorted through my late mother’s clothing and bed linens, I had one pile of donatable things and another pile of clothing with tears or missing buttons. I am planning on remaking every bit. Even the smallest items, like button-down short-sleeved shirts would make cute toddler dresses or shirts. A big money saver when they will only wear it for a season or two before they grow out of it.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 04.30 PMby kellen46

    Aside from saving money re-purposing items that might go to the discard pile, being able to sew offers freedom. Freedom from having to buy something, you can make it instead. No matter how low the cash pile you can craft beautiful things for your home and family. Christmas and Birthdays offer no problems if you can sew. Crafting a little alien buddy from a solo sock to cheer a ill child can bring a reward far greater than any store bought toy. I still have that alien buddy, well used and a bit floppy from love. All the plastic super hero action figures are gone but that sock doll survives. All my friends and family sleep under quilts and blankies I have made, their tables are set with cloths and place-mats I have made. I receive the joy of making and giving. Yes sewing is freedom and it can be love as well.

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    Apr 20, 2010, 09.34 AMby aines

    I made this Baby cot bird mobile by using fabric from old tops that I was going to throw away. The top bars are made using wooden skewers. The only thing I bought was toy stuffing for the birds. I’m not sure how much would something like this cost in a shop but I like to think that I saved some money and most importantly my niece loves it to bits!http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/baby-cot-bird-mobile-cath-kidston-style

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