I don’t know about you, but there is one kind of sewing I hate doing . . . repairs. I usually put things off as long as possible, and end up with a pile of items waiting, either for buttons, a new hem, or even patching up a hole (that’s a frequent job with my husband’s jeans). Sometimes I would rather just throw something in the bin, go out shopping, and buy new. But then the scrooge in me says “Nope” that’s not an option. I’ve got a sewing machine, I know how to use it, therefore, repairs are not beyond me and it’s best to save money for more fun things (like craft supplies!)
I therefore blocked a couple of hours to do some repairs. First job – a pair of husband’s shorts (UK English, meaning short trousers he wears out and about, but mainly in the garden). They’d seen better days, fabric had begun to wear a bit thin and one of the hems ripped off. My initial reaction was just to rip the other hem off, and have matching legs without hems. That’s what the younger generation do, isn’t it? But no, my husband didn’t like that, and fraying fabric annoyed him so he refused to wear them until I did a proper repair job.
Out came some blue binding (totally unco-ordinated but who cares?) and I added binding to both legs, sewing completely under so you can’t actually see the blue.
The reason I used binding rather than simply making another hem . . . the pockets down the sides and the very thick “jeans” seams”. I didn’t even bother to match thread, just used what was already loaded on my machine.
They’re for gardening/walking the dog etc, so as far as I’m concerned, they’ll do.
Next job was cushions. I buy cheap cushion inserts with polyester stuffing. Usually paying around 4€ per insert. Not quite sure what happened with the last batch I bought, but the covering (which feels more like paper than fabric) was ripped, meaning stuffing was prone to fall out when changing cushion covers.
I had four which were all like this, so I reckon it must have been a duff batch. Anyway, I certainly wasn’t going to throw them out since they were relatively new . . . so, out came an old bed sheet and a short while later
Four cushions, all with a nice white cotton cover. And ready to go back into their outer, patchwork, cushion covers!
I even salvaged part of the sheet (one of my late MIL’s, so probably about 30 years old) because it had a band of a blue & white print cotton sewn along the top.
Not a fabric I would have paid good money for, but it’s still got plenty of life in it, and I saved a long band about 8 inches x the width of sheet.
Feeling, oh so virtuous, after all of that . . . what did I do? I went shopping on-line lol. Heck why not? I saved 16€ by salavaging the cushion inserts. I gave a pair of shorts a new lease of life. I reckon both those jobs deserve a reward!
So . . .
I ordered this. Not that I need a beginner’s level in cross stitch, but I was looking for a small butterfly design and rather liked this (cost 6€ including p&p). And this
I do need a beginner’s level embroidery kit, as I’ve never done any traditional embroidery before. This one took my fancy because of the bee, and also because it combines embroidery with felt (cost also 6€ including p&p).
I now need to get busy and finish off my current xstitch project: “Yarn Cats” so I can begin one of these when they arrive!