Mr. FG and I got a LOT of towels when we got married.
Not just bath towels..kitchen towels too.
We must give off a couple-in-need-of-towels sort of vibe.
That time in our lives was nearly 15 years ago, though, so some of my kitchen towels are showing a bit of wear.
Ok, a lot of wear.
Some of them were in better shape than those two, though…the main problem was that some of the hems had come undone.
So, while Mr. FG read to me one night (he usually reads out loud to me before we go to bed), I trimmed some frayed edges, and ironed them over so they were ready to be sewed.
And the next night I got my machine out and did some sewing. Nice straight, easy seams.
I did have to hack a corner off of one towel.
I considered giving up on those two really bad towels. But then I realized that they could still be towels…just smaller ones.
So I cut off the offending parts, sewed new hems, and even added a few patches because I felt like it.
I can tell that I’m frugal at heart, because this kind of thing makes me really happy.
I know I could go out and buy a new set of towels for something like $10, so a time-management expert wouldn’t have advised me to do this (though it honestly didn’t take very long).
But I just love squeezing a bit more life out of the things I already own. What can I say? Keeping things in use and out of the landfill blows my hair back.
And I find that when I’m doing something I love, it doesn’t matter that if I could theoretically spend that time earning more money than I saved.
It’s sort of like how I choose to make applesauce even though it’s not necessarily cheaper than store-brand applesauce. I kind of enjoy the process, and I really, really enjoy eating the product. So it doesn’t matter to me that with my time factored in, homemade applesauce is more expensive than cheap grocery store applesauce.
Do you ever find yourself choosing the make-it-yourself/fix-it-yourself option for reasons other than frugality?
Today’s 365 post: Lisey-Bean
Tuesday 13th of November 2018
I did the same thing 6 months ago. never saw this blog just thought why not save my old dishtowels. patched one too. Love your blog
Friday 2nd of March 2012
I never throw my old dish cloths away. they get used until they totally disintegrate into nothing. I find they are so useful for those emergency spills.
Julie @ Outtakes on the Outskirts
Wednesday 29th of February 2012
Yes! I love to re-purpose things for the very same reasons. I always feel like a smart woman when I can give old things new life or a new purpose. My favorite trick has been to take old fleece pants or remnants and sewing them into reusable cloths for my Swiffer!
Wednesday 29th of February 2012
This post made me really happy! I have some towels that are fraying to and could use a new hem. A few months ago we went through my husbands closet and dresser drawers and he found about a dozen or so undershirts that he didn't use anymore and some polo shirts. I cut them up and hemmed up the sides and we have a *ton* of cloth wipes for the boys. I use them for everything-to wipe noses, bottoms, clean counters and tables, and any other use that I can think of. You can never have to many cloths!
Tuesday 28th of February 2012
Yes, I love making things last and last and last.