Hello Dear Reader,
Oh I say, didn't we all have a lot of chit chat about making our own clothes. Personally, I would love to walk into a charity shop and pick up clothes that fit me straight off. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I have plenty of clothes that I wear on a regular basis and no one would know they are second hand. I wear them to work or at home. I often buy clothes just to cut them up to make quilts. I keep my eyes peeled for pyjamas and cut them up to make quilts. Sometimes, I back quilts in flannel so they don't slip off and have a warm side that can be snuggled underneath.
My local charity shop often has a sale day where all men's shirts or all skirts, or in this case, all pyjamas are £1. I pointed out that the top was just half the set and got what you can see above for £1.50. It takes no time at all to cut them into component parts, I just rip along the seam. I want square pieces and you'll see why below.
There is a tiny bit of waste (apologies for my old comfy slippers!) and I keep this to burn in my stove.
I even keep the piping ribbons and again, you'll see why if you keep reading.
Here's the pyjama top, cut into squares and it becomes a total piece almost one metre square. In 'old money' a yard. Not bad for 50p! I hope this adds credibility that second hand is always best.
So I have one yard of cup cake fabric and three yards (a lot more fabric in the bottoms than the tops) of soft flannel monkey fabric to use for quilt backing. If you make quilts for your children, anyone else's and especially for a baby gift as some we know is always having a baby, then there is nothing nicer than a soft flannel quilt.
It doesn't matter what you buy second hand, whether it's your clothes, your furniture or as most of us do your car it's always the best way to buy.
There was a bit of a discussion yesterday about the cost of making clothes. Firstly, I would always advocate buying second hand if you can as recycling, passing clothes on and making good is the best for our pockets and the planet. I wouldn't think there is anyway more ethical to clothe ourselves or provide for ourselves than making do and mending or just using something again and again.
If, like me, you're an odd size then you might want to have a go at making clothes. I was suggesting that homemade is better if that's an option for you because you'll get something made to your size. Lots of cheap clothing has cost someone something somewhere, in some cases an individual's health and well being. But let me make this very clear, if you've got children to clothe and can't find what you need in charity shops or find that charity shops are too expensive then take a look at ebay for clothes bundles, at Gumtree, in your local paper, on the notice board at school, nursery, church or playgroup. Swap with friends or if you have to because that's your budget and that's what suits you, clothe your kids from discount stores because children keep growing and need clothes!
Over to you Dear Reader, who agrees that second hand is always best and is ethical because you're reusing, saving the planet and keeping clothes out of landfill? Also, who else quilts from old clothes?
Love Froogs xxx
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