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« on: July 30, 2012 01:58:39 PM »

I've been on a bit of a binge! I got a whole bunch of my beloved's thrown out clothes out of the rag bag and had at them with the sewing machine. Wink

There's a couple of Tshirt bags there, I boxed the corners of those and learned from the last time: make the neck as wide as I can (my previous T shirt bag I use a lot, but I do post the groceries through the armpit cos I didn't make the neck opening wide enough Embarrassed). The shirt ones look great, but I wish I'd left the buttons on the pink one too. The casual trouser one was interesting, there was some knee shaping, so in order to keep the pocket I had to use the knee section. It's given the bag some (bagging/sagging) puffiness in that area, but I don't think it detracts from it's usefulness.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012 02:20:34 PM »

I'm most partial to the purply-pink one with buttons and the black one with the little emblem. I'm so pleased you managed to make use of your old clothes in such a useful way. Golly, that Depression make use of every scrap spirit runs deep, doesn't it? I know we're supposed to say it's so terribly GREEN of you these days, but that just sounds a little overly wholesome!

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012 02:29:58 AM »

I'm quite content to be referred to as stingy or tight, so long as I get a nod towards crafty/ingenious/creative too. Cheesy

In all seriousness, my childhood was happy and well fed, I was never short of anything I needed BUT it was nearly all homemade, improvised and/or cheap. Holidays were when we visited relatives, e.t.c. It rubbed off... I still make best use of everything I have and after a brief period when I got my first proper job (everyone's entitled to one binge and those first 3 pay packets were sooooo tempting) I've mostly not bought things without thinking about it first. Mostly I think: can I make it instead?

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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012 01:13:45 AM »

Nicely done Antidigger as a fellow frugal I applaud your re-using skills  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2012 12:27:24 AM »

I never thought of making bags out of old t-shirts.  That is such a good idea, especially children's t-shirts that they have grown out of and still have plenty of wear left.
Using the original construction on the casual trouser one makes it look as if you put in a lot of work on the bag  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2012 09:13:35 PM »

The bags look great! I especially like the ones with buttons and from the casual trousers. I love a good pocket.

« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2012 01:42:18 AM »

You can't see from the picture, but I left the shirt pocket on the pale pink one too!

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