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    Quote Originally Posted by Incognito View Post
    From now on, I'm keeping a little mending basket right beside my computer desk for all those little jobs: sewing on a button, mending a tiny hole in a sock-toe, catch-stitching a shoulder pad.
    These little jobs take only minutes to do, and since my computer loads sloooowwwly, I can utilize the time to catch up on my mending tasks.
    What a GREAT idea! Thanks!

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    ~Got an hour of sewing in and made 6 cloth pads from an old flannel sheet. I used the pantyliner pattern and they work up really fast!~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Incognito View Post
    From now on, I'm keeping a little mending basket right beside my computer desk for all those little jobs: sewing on a button, mending a tiny hole in a sock-toe, catch-stitching a shoulder pad.
    These little jobs take only minutes to do, and since my computer loads sloooowwwly, I can utilize the time to catch up on my mending tasks.
    great idea
    thank you

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    Welcome to the club!
    I found that the little sew-in metal snap fasteners worked best, not velcro fasteners.

    So far, in the past few months, I've saved about $50.00, that I would otherwise have spent on brand-name products. And the savings will just keep adding up.



    Quote Originally Posted by nuisance26 View Post
    ~Got an hour of sewing in and made 6 cloth pads from an old flannel sheet. I used the pantyliner pattern and they work up really fast!~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Incognito View Post
    Welcome to the club!
    I found that the little sew-in metal snap fasteners worked best, not velcro fasteners.

    So far, in the past few months, I've saved about $50.00, that I would otherwise have spent on brand-name products. And the savings will just keep adding up.
    ~I've tried both and don't like either type of fastener. A safety pin works fine, I think.~

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    ~Spent two hours turning a cotton twin sheet into handkerchiefs. I had to throw away most of the center of the sheet because it was threadbare and holey. But I got 27 hankies done to add to the dozen I already had.~
    Quote Originally Posted by nuisance26 View Post
    *winter clothes for ds(whatever I can cut down from adult clothes I have on hand)
    *denim quilt
    *tops, skirts and dresses for me
    *cloth pads
    *handkerchiefs
    *hats
    *gloves
    *slippers

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    How do you make your hankies?

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    How do you make your hankies? Do you use a serger? add trim or embroidery?

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    I got some baby clothes with cute patterned material and ornate buttons, laced edge or ruffles in contrasting fabric. I plan on using them to tear apart for making doll clothes for a small doll. It shouldn't take much work since the ruffles are already there for cute details and I can make several of the same dress or top out of just one baby dress. I checked the fabric store for what I wanted and this was much cheaper and saves me sewing.

    My other project is making a couple tank-top style night shirts out of some soft cotton fabric I bought last year on a sale. My existing night shirts (which are ragged from years of wear) are going to be the pattern for the new ones and since there is only 2 pieces to it, it should sew up in no time.

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    sounds like you have some good plans handymom!!

    I love it when I find a use for fabric I bought a while ago!!
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    What a great idea HandyMom! I need some as well as mine are rags. I am going to give it a try.

    I want to make cotton makeup remover pads from old sheets I have. I am off to find a pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickilynn View Post
    How do you make your hankies?
    ~I just cut 10.25 X 10.25 inch squares out of lightweight cotton and serged them with a rolled edge stitch. Nothing fancy. ;-) ~

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    ~This morning I chopped off the top of an 80's dress(polyester with elastic smocked waist)and hemmed the top. It's now a strapless babydoll to wear as a beach cover-up. Hopefully I'll get some pics on my blog today.~
    Last edited by nuisance26; 05-31-2009 at 01:28 PM.

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    Sounds cute and pictures would be great too!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuisance26 View Post
    ~I just cut 10.25 X 10.25 inch squares out of lightweight cotton and serged them with a rolled edge stitch. Nothing fancy. ;-) ~
    Thank you.... I've been using hankies for the past year and I love them. Sure beats Kleenex.....so many times I would leave the tissue in my pockets...now no problem, the hankie just gets washed!

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