Thursday, July 2, 2009

Easy Sewing Projects

Basic sewing skills can be a great money-saver around the house. Here are 3 easy projects that only requiring hemming or finishing edges:

Sweeper dust cloths

I got tired of buying replacement dusters for my Swiffer, and decided to make my own from old kitchen towels. Using a Swiffer duster as the template, I cut down my old towels to wrap around the Swiffer and tuck into the holders. Then I just finished the edges of the towels with the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine.

The dusters work great and after each use I just toss the cloth into the washer.


Another use for old kitchen towels is to cut them down into rags. Just cut them up and hem or finish the edges, and again just throw them into the washer once they are dirty. This is helping me to reduce the number of paper towels that I use in the kitchen.

Baby Blankets

Finally, I got a cute remnant at a fabric store and cut it up into 2 smaller blankets and hemmed the edges. They aren't fancy, but they sure are cuddly!

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~Sara said...

I am just starting to learn to sew. I made some cloth napkins not too long ago.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I dont know how to sew at all. I wish I could take a class....

Mom2fur said...

I haven't bought paper towels in ages, because I use cut-up t-shirts and other rags. I made a drawstring bag that hangs on the back of the bathroom door to hold them all. You'll laugh when I tell you where the bag came from. I had purchased a cute tiered skirt at the thrift store, but it was too small for me. So I cut off the top tier. (Now the second tier, with a new elastic waist, becomes the top tier. I had some extra fabric from a sewing project to make a third tier. But...back to the rag bag.)
I took that top tier, did a little sewing on it, and got my bag.
Don't you just love re-purposing things? I had a tablecloth that became a valance and then became 4 dishtowels! Like Sara, I've also made cloth napkins, one of the easiest projects ever!

Susan said...

Mom2fur- I love the idea of cutting up old t-shirts, that is a great idea. My husband has some that I would be too embarrassed to donate, so that would be a good use for them!

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