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Old 05-07-2017, 01:05 PM
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Default "making do" - aka "improvising"".

I am - noting - how many people "make do" or "improvise" - instead of buying the "regular" item.

Light boxes


is the thread that made me start wondering what else people improvise.

What else have you noticed or that you have made/do?
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Old 05-07-2017, 01:20 PM
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I have learned to piece together scraps of batting to use in my QAG blocks as long as they are all the same material. I have also used the pieced batting for coasters and placemats.
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:34 PM
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i do the same as madamekelly
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:44 PM
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Went to local hardware store and had them cut some templates from plexiglass --templates that I use a lot. So much cheaper than buying quilting templates.
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:04 PM
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I made do with my sewing table. $40.00 for the heavy banquet table, $25.00 to a cabinet maker to cut the hole and build the brace. Utterly absolutely perfect, and it didn't cost $2500.00
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:29 PM
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In years past I used up a lot of batting by piecing for a few twin to full size quilts. Once quilted no one knows it. I don't make small items and would feel bad about tossing them.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:44 PM
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I use an old desk as my sewing table and cutting table.
1. Painted an old rake, hooked it on the wall and use the tines for thread.
2. Covered a wooden TV tray with towels and iron my blocks on it.
3. Took off the folding doors from the closet,
4. put in 4 shelves for my fabric,
5. placed a shower curtain rod,
6. made curtains with a set of twin size sheets that i bought at a thrift shop for $1.
7. use a cardboard box with cutout of sewing machine arm for some projects
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:37 AM
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I hung a (broken leg) ironing board top on my wall. My rulers go behind it and I have hooks on the face of it holding things that go on hooks. I also have a few magnets to hold some notes and cards, etc. The shower curtain hooks with big balls on one end work great in the big holes.
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:04 AM
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I refer to it as MacGyvering
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:05 AM
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I use up odds and ends of thread when I sew scrappies together. Also piece together with a wide zig-zag my leftover pieces of batting. Just little things but a way to use up what I have. Also making bridal dresses for granddaughter's American Girl dolls from my wedding dress.
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