Today in the “How to live on less” series, let’s talk about repurposing items. This is a lesson learned from our Depression-era moms and grandmoms. The idea is to take items that have been used for one thing, and turn it into something else. This can be as simple as using a (washed out so it’s clean) trash can as a bucket (I had to do that yesterday, I broke my good bucket!) or as complex as turning a pillowcase into a dress for your daughter.
I’ve been on a sewing kick lately. Funny, I get all this yarn and now I want to sew! My daughter has been wanting me to sew something for her, but my fabric stash is really slim. Enter the pillowcase dress. I had this pillowcase that I have no earthly idea how it got into my house. It doesn’t match any of my sheets and I’ve never even seen sheets like this before. But it was a cute stripey pattern, so I used this tutorial and turned it into this:
It looks cuter on her than it does the hanger, ha! Seriously, though, it only took me about 3 hours to complete and it would have been a lot faster if I wasn’t a total sewing n00b. The total cost for this dress: nothing, everything was stuff I had around the house.
Another way to repurpose is to use old envelopes for lists, story ideas, doodling pads. I carry one around in my purse in case I get struck with a blog post idea while I’m out. I use them to write grocery lists on. I keep several by my phone so the kids (in theory) will take phone messages with them.
Take a look around your house and see what you can repurpose. Use the plastic bags produce comes in to pick up dog poo? Believe I will, thanks. Old milk jugs as a watering can? Awesome. With just a little thought, you’ll be coming up with a bazillion ways to repurpose things!