When you have something today that is broken or damaged, do you toss it away or try to fix it?
When I was a child, I took sewing classes at an after-school program. We made little quilts for our dolls and learned a few basic stitches. To this day, a few basic stitches are all that I know, but they’ve helped me do tons. I’ve made quilts, basic blankets, curtains, and been able to mend torn stuffed animals and even clothes.
Clothes is the story of the day. When I was in high school, I’d try to sew patches over my torn up jeans because DIY was cool. In retrospect, I’m sure I looked ridiculous. Some things just can’t be fixed.
But these jeans could! I bought them for $8 on clearance at Kohl’s a few years ago. At one point, I almost got rid of them. I had lost some weight and they were way baggy. I’m so glad I kept them. As a postpartum mother, they were the first non-maternity pants I could fit myself into. I ignored the fact that they had been big on me before pregnancy, because it felt really good to be able to say I was in normal people clothes again. Now they’re a tiny bit large again, but still wearable. Until this happened:
This happens to guys’ pants a lot. It’s wallet wear from always carrying it around in your back pocket. I have no idea how it happened to mine. Maybe my butt was too big. Whatever the cause, I busted out my elementary school sewing skills and fixed them up:
I could have gone and bought another $8 pair of jeans on clearance. It is the right time of year. But that would be another $8 I couldn’t spend on something else.
I know a few people who are seamstresses on the side. They hem, tailor, or make clothing. Big ticket items are prom dresses and wedding gowns, but there’s everyday stuff, too, like hemming pant legs that are too long or pants that need to be brought in because the client has long legs. I’d say sewing, at least the basics if not more, is a pretty awesome skill to have. It can help bring and keep money in.
*This post is a part of Frugal Friday at Life As Mom*