Friday, October 3, 2008

Cheap or Thrifty?

Recently I took apart a rag rug. It was the last rag rug I purchased before I began weaving my own. So it's probably 15 or so years old. The warp is giving out...

But the "rags" are still in pretty good shape. Anyone who's ever cut up enough blue jeans for a rag rug knows you don't throw out perfectly good blue jean weft. So I started cutting the warp and unravelling the rug.

Eventually, I had a pile of warp bits to throw away and a few rag balls to take out to my workshop. A "new" rug will soon grace my entryway.

Is there anything that you do that you consider "thrifty"? Others might call it "cheap", but you know better. Would you share your idea below in the comment section? I have a feeling we could all stand to learn a few new thrifty ideas...


  1. A huge chunk of my blog traffic seems to come from people looking at the "how to spiral-cut a t-shirt" post I put up. That's pretty thrifty.

    I thought you'd like to know I gave you the "I love your blog" award. :)

  2. Hmmm, I don't have a great new super thrifty idea, so I'm hoping that others will comment so I can get some good ideas! My boys did get several pairs of shorts this summer from last winter's pants that had holes in the knee! Does that count?

  3. My knitting buddies think these are cheap (um thrifty). I keep the plastic clips from the bread we buy to use as yarn bobbins. I also cut up nylon bath scrunchies to the length of a skein of yarn tie a knot in one end and put the yarn in there as I work. The cheap part, it's that they've out lived their use for bathing and I wash them in the washing machine before I cut them up. I also use bed linen bags as project bags and yarn storage.


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