Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saving money means more money for fabric!!

I have these dish towels that I sooooooooooooooooo hate....hate the way they feel, hate the way they collect strings (imagine that....finding strings in my house)....I just hate them. So....for months....I have been folding them over and putting them under this....
I usually sweep my hardwood floors first and then go over them with this swifter.....never ceases to surprise me on the dust I can get on one of these even after sweeping.

So....I always kept telling myself, one day I am going to cut them up and then serge them together. I saw this done on a blog...I am thinking "Happy Cottage Quilter"...not sure so forgive if I am wrong and if it was your blog, I would be happy to mention it.


That was my disclaimer.....so I finally did it, double the towel over, cut in half.....so I have four halves....keep two together and serge.... Easy......

Now...the one question is.

"Why did I wait so long to do this?"....it took a matter of a few minutes. Savcs money too.... More money for material....HA!!!




I got a surprise mail box the other day....OHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYY GOODNESSS!!!!!
Go ahead and double click,,,,,I know you want to....




Have you ever seen such Samoan delights? I carried these fabrics from the kitchen, to the sewing room, to the living room...just so I could see them. Yes, I know, I have a sickness....







Thanks Krista!!!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, now I am officially jealous. Terrible thing to admit on a Sunday, but those Samoan fabrics are so lovely. I especially like the browns and yellows. My son has put in an order for swim trunks out of some of my Samoan fabric stash. MY stash--oh dear there I go again (sigh). ;o) btw I love your banner.

Fiona@BubzRugz said...

Great idea Barb with using up 'notnice' dishtowels... and lovely fabrics..... I wonder what you will make?
Hugz

Donna said...

I want - no NEED (covet is probably the right word) - both the blue and orange Samoan delights! You've got a great friend to send you those! Happy quilting!

JustCindy said...

Beautiful fabrics!!

Jackie said...

Great way to repurpose something you don't like! Your Samoan fabrics are gorgeous - particularly the orange one.

wackywoman said...

Very clever swifter pads. Love that fabric Barb. Really gorgeous.

Vicki ♥ said...

oh of course a girl has to save money and those savings have to go on fabric. :) Your fabric is very nice and its no wonder you fondled it for quite a while :) Have fun Barb :) Hugs Vicki

Yvette said...

Great idea for the Swiffer rags. I will have to remember that.

Gorgeous fabrics! I know you will put those to good use.

Tangos Treasures said...

LOL your funny!! I love the swiffer idea!! Your new fabric is fabulous!!

Hazel said...

Great idea , I use batting pieces on mind they work great .

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Great idea Barb! I never did like spending money on those cloths. I used to use the wet cloths until I bought a Libman mop. I used our old washcloths instead of buying new wet cloths each month. Every little penny counts, right?

LOVE the new Samoan fabrics!! I see some new ones that I haven't seen before.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I saw that swiffer idea and when I get home I'm going to do it too - I have several hand towels I don't like! blessings, marlene

bettyp said...

your one smart lady!!!

Rhonda said...

Hi Barb....... great way to use something you don't really like!!

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

Hi Barb, what a great way to use towels you don't like. Love the new fabrics. They're gorgeous.

QuiltSue said...

I bet you won't be making floor cloths from those fabrics!

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Love your saving tip and the fabric is beautiful, enjoy!

Crispy said...

Ooooo great "care" package you received!! Cool idea for the towels :0)

Crispy

Gene Black said...

Great idea on re-purposing old (or "not my favorite") towels.

Fiesta said...

Great fabrics Barb. I use the skinny pieces of batting on my wood floors but your idea works nicely too. Tell Krista hi from me when you get a chance.

Nanci said...

What a great idea Barb! I have some old towels that I could cut to do the same thing. Wow!

Nanci said...

gosh Barb I forgot the fabric, nothing like those Samoan prints to make me yearn for the tropics.

Joanna said...

Oh yeah, that fabric is gorgeous. Does the flower that appears in most of their fabric have a name or is it just a design element? It resembles a magnolia. It definitely seems to identify that area of the world, at least to me.

Linda said...

Great fabrics! I can't wait to see what you do with them...

A great idea too with using up/recycling or being green with the towels. I give mine to my husband for his garage but I think I'll start doing this too.

Jean said...

Such gorgeous fabrics, but I am worried they won't fit in well with the ones you just so prettily organized. But don't worry, I have a solution for you. I think I have a spot they would fit into...just right. :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Samoan delights!!! Oh baby!!!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Okay so now I need to make swiffer pads. I guess I will never get any sleep. Plus I have to go buy a serger.. Sheesh.

Gorgeous fabrics. Whatcha gonna make?

Pat