Week 4 Yard Sale Aprons Stashbuster

Yard sale apron

When we did my grandmother’s estate sale in Ohio many years ago, we put a canvas nail apron on each of the available aunts and cousins. The aprons had small bills and some change in the pockets so everyone could take money and make change. Then we ALL interacted with people and straightened up behind them……

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Week 3 Journal Cover Scrapbuster

Scrapbuster Journal Cover - Front

Week 3 project finished. It’s a useful item, and apart from the fusible interfacing, made entirely from scrap pieces! The two main fabrics were what remained of two fat quarters from another long ago project, and I used just about every usable bit. The poly/cotton batiste interior lining (black, not shown) was too small even…

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Week 2 Sport Top Stashbuster

Sport top stashbuster

It’s difficult to find inexpensive AA cup bras, so I gave up a long time ago. This sport-bra style of support is what I wear almost exclusively.  I can usually find ones that fit in the kids section at WM for under $8. But last month I found a 2-yard lycra-ish remnant for $2.00. I…

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Week 1 Comfy Pants Stashbuster

Stashbuster comfy pants

Successfully completing these comfy pants this week is what officially made up my mind to commit to a sewing challenge! Last year, I found a pair of flared-leg leggings at Denton Thrift that I absolutely LOVE. I wanted another pair, and I may eventually make a pattern from that pair, but I had never in…

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Sewing challenge

My lovely sewing machine

I kind of started this challenge without realizing it. It more or less flowed out of last year’s challenge (No New Clothes). Background: I’ve sewn a lot of fabulous things over the years. Costumes, prom dresses, gala attire, spiffy outfits for author events. Lots and lots of gifty-type stuff. Hair ties, bow ties, neckties, purses,…

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No new clothes

So my friend Becca Bilz Davis participates in an every-other-year challenge with her siblings: They can’t buy brand new stuff, particularly clothes. Thrifting is allowed, but purchasing brand new is verboten. She explained that they want to consciously get off the consumerism train, and not be part of the flow of brand new ‘stuff.’ She…

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