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Thread: Can't believe I'm so cheap sometimes!

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    Junior Member IshtarsMom's Avatar
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    Can't believe I'm so cheap sometimes!

    Some years back DS gave DH some Dockers....he wore the seat out(you had to know that's what he'd wear out..also wore the seat out of 2 pr sweat pants) The legs were still perfectly good and the material was heavy weight so I make a shopping bag out of them...used the waistband for the top... We used it today and it worked great...double sewed the seams so there was no way it was going to come undone. The other is pants I made out of thrift shop material... I know I'm hopeless when it comes to recycling and using up everything...

    We sort and save all recyclables and take them to Springfield(60 miles) on our monthly trip to buy supplies. Compost every scrap possible for the soil... That makes sense but I'm not so sure about the others...You wouldn't believe...LOL
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    I love that bag..waist not want not..LOL

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    You made a great bag from 'leftovers'. I'm with you on the recycling. I saved mine up and hauled 40 miles away for 25 or so years and now actually have a trash company that takes recycling twice a month! You can believe I wrote them a big Thank You letter!

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    I too recycle everything that I can. Our weekly trash is less than a paper shopping bag, all else is recycled with our local garbage company. I have 2 large compost bins for vegetarian waste and my gardens benefit!
    I collect 'scraps' from quilting projects (from friends too) and give them to other ladies in my philanthropic quilt group. They use leftover strips such as from from binding to make strippy and scrappy quilts. Fabric pieces and batting too small to be useful is chopped up to stuff pet beds for the local Humane society. Hardly anything goes to waste!
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    Every one in my family ask me all the time why I keep so many old things that need to be thrown away. I am always finding ways to make something new out of them. Your bag is so nice and will be useful for a long time.

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    That's not cheap--that's smart and resourceful!

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    I LOVE the bag! Awesome idea!! I have a blouse that my grandmother gave me shortly before she passed away. I've kept it for years for sentimental reasons. I've been trying to think of something I can make with it while keeping the front of the blouse intact. Ideas?

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    I like that bag! It would be very useful.

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    You're not cheap, you are wonderful!!!

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    I love the way you recycle. I recently found a very pretty sheet at Goodwill for about $6.00. I was going to use it as a quilt back but I'm seriously thinking about making a skirt or some loose fitting pants that I can wear around the yard.

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    Being cheap or thrifty or making due or recycling is the true nature of quilting. Some people are talented enough to make art out of things others throw out!! Remember flour sacks!!!!

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    Nothing wrong with a little frugality. A lot of young people could learn that lesson. Both look great.

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    Terrific bags and pants!!
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    You could be from the Canary Islands. Cheap ! Cheap ! All kidding aside the young people need to throw less away and recycle more. It shows that we grew up during the WWII. Even candy was rationed. Gasoline ????Fabric ???That's why feed sacks were used. Loved your tote.. Hugs

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    I guess I am cheap, also.. For some reason, I am finding ways to use things just by looking at them.. I came up with the idea of not throwing away strips that I trimmed off the fabric that I am going to cut for projects. I am going to crochet them into a rug..

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    You are frugal not cheap. In my Grannies day, they called it being thrifty.

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    I think it's great! Love the bag!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daffy Daphne View Post
    That's not cheap--that's smart and resourceful!
    That is exactly what I thought.

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    Some wonderful soul on here mentioned the book "The Persian Pickle Club" which I read because of that and really enjoyed it...Lovely group of women quilters just as here who knew the meaning of "make do" while enjoying the process. Thanks to all....glad to know there are lots of us out there...

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    Nice way to recycle things.

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    What a great idea! my husband wears dockers everyday and I've been saving his worn out ones for years. Now I have a reason lol. Thanks!
    SheriR~

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    I say it is smart. I think there needs to be more of this, I love to shop thrift stores, recycle what I can, where I can. I sometimes think I am a rare breed til I read post like this. Makes me realize I am not alone. I get a kick out of value for dollar. I like the projects you made. Enjoy the post, thanks

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    Awesome bag!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SavedByGrace View Post
    I LOVE the bag! Awesome idea!! I have a blouse that my grandmother gave me shortly before she passed away. I've kept it for years for sentimental reasons. I've been trying to think of something I can make with it while keeping the front of the blouse intact. Ideas?
    I made a pillow for my sister using pieces of a blouse her DD had hand stitched for her. Can't find a picture at the moment, but I used the button front as the opening on the pillow & made some plackets etc.

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    That ia great bag, and thank you for the part you are playing in saving our planet

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