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11.3 SECOND TIME AROUND; DISCOUNT CLOTHES AND CLOTHING.

By Debi Drecksler

Recycle clothing within the family to save money and perk up a wardrobe. Dad's T-shirts make great night shirts for the kids. His boxer shorts can be passed down to the teenagers to wear under the new baggy jeans. Mom's frilly night gown can be shortened for your little princess. Big sister's outgrown shirts can be made into crop tops for the summer. Cut to the desired length and hem the bottom. These sewing projects can be easily done by hand if you don't own a sewing machine. Dad's frayed (around the collar) dress shirts make great paint smocks for the kids. Yesterday's prom dresses, glitzy shoes, and purses will provide hours of fun in a costume box. Outgrown baby clothes will look adorable on little sister's dolls.

Update a dress or jumper by replacing the belt or adding a pretty scarf. Try changing the buttons for a fresh new look.

Women's dress shoes can be dyed to match new wardrobe colors. Try adding some of those cute clip-on shoe ornaments for a fun look.

Stuck with odd socks? Get out your craft box and make sock puppets for the little ones. Make faces out of buttons, ribbons, yarn, and whatever else you can SEW on. Remember, small children put everything in their mouths - BE CAREFUL ... SEW EVERYTHING ON TIGHTLY!

Create low cost gifts by decorating T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other clothing. Buy fabric paint, which can be purchased in any craft department. Practice first on scrap material until you get it right. After painting, add an assortment of decorative things such as glitter, rhinestones, ribbons, etc. These make beautiful, personalized gifts for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Having a family reunion? Need shirts for a team? Create your own and save a bundle of money.

Tired of those old pillow cases but hate to throw them out. Don't!!! Use them as storage bags for hats, hosiery, sweaters, small blankets, and quilts. Sew two or three snaps on the open end of the pillow case. It's as easy as that. For hanging up out of season and better clothing that you want to protect, cut a small hole in the center of the closed slide of the pillow case. Put clothes on hanger, pull hanger top through hole, and cover clothes.

Old towels cut into squares make good rags. Leave a pile handy for the family to grab for jobs around the house. This will cut down on your paper towel usage and you will be helping the environment. Old cloth diapers also make great rags.

Don't you hate to give away those baby and juvenile quilts that hold such warm memories for you? Put them in the family room...they are great for those cold wintry nights.


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