A reader wrote:
If you use the cents-off coupons in your grocery store, or purchase something on sale, take those extra pennies, quarters, etc. and put them in a fruit jar. When the jar is half-full, take it to the bank and start a savings account for next Christmas. I’ve been doing this for several years and my Christmas is all paid for from using those 25 cents off coupons.
(I’m with her – I don’t use many coupons because I use very few ‘box’ food items, but this does make sense to me.)
SKATEBOARD TO THE RESCUE
FREEZE THE JUICE
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the Hand-Me-Up Quilt
January is the month when I clean closets. It’s too cold here to do any more outside other than the necessary chores, and sometimes they take all day and half the night – but that’s another story and usually happens around calving time.
Take everything out of the closet and lay it on the bed. Wipe down the walls and floor, and put back the clothing you wear.
You probably will have a pile of ‘get-rid-of’ clothing and this is the time to think about a Hand-Me-Up quilt.
We all have stuff too good to throw out and that nobody else wants, and that you just couldn’t bring yourself to sell for next to nothing at a yard sale.
Tank tops, sweaters, t-shirts with silly sayings on them (I have a few of these), that ugly blouse or shirt that was a gift from a friend who went on a trip – wrong size, wrong color, out of style. Socks – the ones you found in the bottom of the washer with no mate – you get the picture.
Gather up all of this stuff and then find an old blanket or a big hunk of ugly fabric (if you sew, you have one someplace). It will be on the back and won’t show much anyway! I’ve even used an old sheet. If the edges are frayed, fix those first.
Now, lay the backing out on the floor or a bed wrong side up and start laying those sweaters, shirts, shorts, etc. on the backing. You can layer the pieces over one another to hide ketchup stains or a hole in a sock heel. Let the kids help with this – it’s kinda fun!
When you get the backing covered, pin or baste everything into place and start stitching. I start in the middle with a zig-zag stitch and just ‘get it nailed down’.
This is also a good time for you to clean up those bobbins of all that odd thread. It doesn’t matter if it matches or not. If you don’t have a sewing machine, use a big needle and just stitch everything down with a good sized stitch. I do put a few extra stitches in the middle of some of the bigger shirts or sweatshirts as they will stretch over time and sag a bit. Flip the outside edges over the front for a binding and stitch them down solid.
And there you have it – a ‘Hand-Me-Up’ quilt. No batting, no quilting for days on end. And best of all, you can make it at no cost to you. These are great for the kids to flop on the floor to watch television, cover up with in the car on a long ride, or snuggle under for a quiet nap. (And it didn’t cost but some time with your kids – and that’s the fun part!)