Frugal moms listen up! In yesterday's post about DIY Boutique Bows , I mentioned buying only enough ribbon for the project at hand instead of buying entire rolls. I understand that when starting out you may want to leave room for error. I certainly did. Here are a few ideas for re-purposing scrap, or using what you have to make what you need.
I had an order for a yellow bow. Didn't need to be solid, just yellow. Here is what I did:
|I took what I did have. The small yellow wouldn't have made a large enough bow, but the white will.|
|I stitched the yellow ribbon right down the center of the white with white thread. I don't recommend gluing the ribbons together. Might seem fast and easy, but it makes the ribbon bumpy and difficult to work with. Not pretty to look at.|
|Proceed with bow making with a perfectly secure, correct size YELLOW ribbon!|
|Now I have the bow the customer wanted, without wasting what I had left over. Even if I wasn't selling this bow, it would be worth it to use the scraps to make a variety of bows for my daughter. Not just all solids.|
Lastly, don't get discouraged if you mess up, and certainly don't throw out a project. If you cut a fabric too short, add ribbon or another fabric to it and give it a more sassy look. If you made something too long, trim fro whatever end doesn't have embellishments. Here is an example:
I wanted to make this dress (pictured is a 3T) in a 2T. The 3T length is about 4 inches longer than the 2T. (Gotta love those growing babies!) I made the mistake of sewing on the ribbon before I trimmed the fabric, and had to cut off of the smocked top. Easy to cut. Not easy to sew, but it CAN be done! Don't give up because something is a bit more difficult. In the end you might even like the project more than what you had planned.
|This is me pinning the top of the smocking so I can stitch it down to avoid the fabric fraying. OOPS :(, but fixing it! :)|
All of this to say that crafting can be done by a frugal mommy! I hear all the time that it is just as expensive to make these things as it is to buy them. NOT TRUE.
Be frugally creative! :)