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  • Re: Heartburn Remedies (Homemade, not medicine)

    Excellent post I was checking continuously this blog and I'm impressed! Extremely useful information particularly the last part I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style...
    Posted to Forum by wayne11 on Mon, Sep 24 2012
  • Re: Homespun

    [quote user="Lisa R"] I still think that it would be awesome to someday only wear clothes that I had designed[/quote] Lisa, an idea that might be helpful if you can find them: The older, pre-1950's sewing books put out by Singer, Vogue, McCall's, Butterick, Good Housekeeping. These...
    Posted to Forum by Edey on Thu, Jan 12 2012
  • Reuse Ideas for LOTS of Old Towels?

    Hi everyone! I'm a long-time reader of these forums, but this is my first post. I work at a large animal shelter, and thanks to the generosity of our community, we receive daily donations of towels, bed sheets, and blankets in all sizes and condition. We use as many of these as we can for bedding...
    Posted to Forum by susan said so on Sun, Mar 13 2011
  • Making a Costume

    A reader is in a pickle over a monkey suit! She doesn't need bananas but she could use some help! yes, I am curious, if anyone has made a easy orangutan costume for a child, my grandson is an orangutan in his mardigras parade, and I have little time..........and money, thanks for any help you can...
    Posted to Forum by Brandy on Thu, Mar 3 2011
  • Re: Learning How to Sew

    For a more personal approach, I have two ideas. Senior centers often have quilting groups that are quite social and are not limited to the seniors. Someone(s) there might give you invaluable help. Also, check through your church. The best "little old seamstress" may need some help and you could...
    Posted to Forum by Anna Marie on Mon, Jan 4 2010
  • Re: Learning How to Sew

    For a quick fix, there are dozens of videos on Youtube for sewing. Here is one of their lists: Here As suggested, About.com is also a very good source. If you do a Google search for sewing tutorials, that will also give you several sources for instructions. Once you find these sites, and if you have...
    Posted to Forum by Edey on Mon, Jan 4 2010
  • A Christmas Ornament Challenge for 2010

    In the Hobbies and Crafts Forum of the Dollar Stretcher Community, a Christmas Ornament Challenge for 2010 has been suggested by Virginia Needlewoman, with comments and suggestions by several others. At the moment the idea is to make one ornament per month for the 12 months of 2010. I will be posting...
    Posted to Weblog by Edey on Tue, Dec 22 2009
  • Re: Is sewing frugal?

    Quite often a store like Joann's will put patterns on sale for a$1.00 or some very low price, compared to the envelope price. That is when you buy patterns, because otherwise they are horribly expensive. Like was mentioned, find some very easy basic styles and then use your imagination to make those...
    Posted to Forum by Edey on Thu, Oct 22 2009
  • Re: Looking for suggestions from those more experienced dollar stretchers!

    Welcome! Some quick tips: Dilute shampoos, conditioners with 2 or 3 times the amount of water. They are more effective this way anyhow. Use half as much of laundry detergent as you normally do. Make your own cleaners using vinegar, baking soda and dish soap. Lots of recipes around for doing that. Gather...
    Posted to Forum by Edey on Mon, Sep 28 2009
  • Re: A question for those who have made cloth napkins

    I have made cloth napkins for my family. The best material and my favorite material for cloth napkins, dish rags, and dish towels is homespun. Homespun fabric can be purchased at Wal-Mart for $2.00 a yard, sometimes $1.00 a yard if on the sale table. Most of the homepsun fabric is dark colored plaid...
    Posted to Forum by homesteaderbelle on Sun, Apr 12 2009
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