Frugal Endeavors – Spring 2021

The eagle was watching an otter playing in the water just below the logs. The otter dove back under the water just as I was taking this picture.

My province is in its third lockdown. Here is a list of my few, small frugal triumphs.

Now that the weather has warmed, I can ride my bike almost anywhere I might need to go in my small city. I like the exercise and I like not spending money on gas for our vehicle (currently about $1.47/liter). The exercise doesn’t hurt either.

The Battle to Win Mount Stashmore continues.

I continue to work my way through my very large stash of fabric. To date, I have emptied out two rubbermaid containers and downsized several more. Here is what I made.

Earlier this year, H post a picture on facebook of her granddaughter Little A cooking a meal in her play kitchen. I decided that she needed some play food to encourage further creative play. I made a batch of felt groceries using my stash of felt made from old thrift store sweaters. I really enjoyed this project and Little A got some goodies to use in her play kitchen.

Old wool sweaters = fun felt food

I also put most of my flannel scraps to good use by making pieced backs for quilts and covers for rice bags. What was left over was cut into 2.5″ squares for future use. That freed up one large rubbermaid tote. Whoo hoo!

I used up almost all of my Christmas fabric. I finished my Christmas quilt, a project I’ve been working on for several years now, I made a pillow and a table topper that will grace our apartment over the festive season. The remaining Christmas themed fabric was moved to a much smaller plastic tote. I am happy with this progress.

Sewing on the binding.

A Little Bit of Make Do and Mend

I have been watching Just Get It Done Quilts on youtube and I am grateful for the tips I have found there. I took Karen Brown’s advice in 10 Sewing Hacks with Templates and made myself a tool out of a flexible chopping mat. For $1.25, I now have a tool that has helped me make neat and tidy mitered corners. I was inspired by another of her videos to use my larger scraps of quilt batt to make “frakenbatts” for three scrap quilts I made using one of her free patterns. I then chopped up all the remaining pieces to stuff a pillow form. Between the frankenbatts and the upcycled pillow form, I saved myself over $100! Crafting materials are getting expensive so I am thankful for any money saving tips that come my way.

I’ve been doing a lot of mending including mending for other people., which resulted in a gift certificate to one of our favorite local restaurants. I used my slowly improving darning skills to rescued my favorite slippers of all time. I am happy with how these slippers turned out, especially considering how big the holes were. I used a combination of traditional darning and Finnish darning (worked in a circle), which I found worked really well for the largest hole.

Not perfect but my toes are toasty and warm once again


At the beginning of the year, I resolved to stay out of the thrift stores because I pretty much have all the clothing I need. I was doing really well until I spotted this post on Facebook:

Men’s dress shirts are one of my favorite sources for high quality cotton fabric. I ended up buying my self two shirts for $3.00. I used the pretty mint green shirt and the Collette Sorbetto pattern  downloaded from the Seamwork website to make a new summer blouse.

I’m planning on using the second shirt, a white pin stripped number, to make something for my #makenine2021 challenge. I have ideas…

And that’s it. I know it’s not a lot of super exciting money saving action over here but I hope that some of the information I have passed on here might help some of you.

Of course if you have any tips of your own to pass along, please share below in the comments. I always love hearing from you.


  1. Hi again, just a thought , my Mom used to make us the knitted slippers, then overcast a sole on the outside made of felt which she bought “somewhere” probably Woodwards!! maybe now they are available on Amazon. I think they were insoles for boots? but lasted a long time plus were warmer. ann lee s any scrap of leather etc would work too. or even a heavy fabric from the thrift shop??

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    1. Thanks!
      Karen Brown has a lot of information to offer and she sets everything out in a easy to follow fashion. Her videos are fairly short too, which me and my limited attention span appreciate. Have fun!

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  2. Frankenbatts for the win!!$$.
    Congrats on all your finished projects and stash downsizing.

    ….and yes, the felt food is my new personal favorite! Don’t think I could have handed them over, myself.

    Stay safe and healthy.

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  3. oh I was surprised to see the Gnome book, we have one in our family too, it went through several grandchildren, all giggling over the “snotgurgler” and fat women with no top on! My son now is in possession of it, and I hope it will have many future children enjoying the pages. ann lee s

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