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Making Your Own Clothes to Save Money

By Cary Anderson

The idea of making your own clothes seems so old-fashioned and out-dated that most people probably never take the idea seriously. Making clothes can not only help save money, but itís also a fun hobby and interesting way to connect with others.

There are thousands of free knitting patterns on the Internet. If youíve never knitted or crocheted before, itís advisable to start out on simple designs like a scarf to get a feel for how to do it.

Any beginning knitter or crocheter will have their fair share of trial and error when first starting out. Thankfully thread or yarn is very cheap so it doesnít really cost too much to mess up.

Once you get the hang of knitting, you can embark on all sorts of projects:

  • Toddler jackets
  • Socks
  • Cardigans
  • Womenís blouse
  • Pants
  • Blankets
  • Hats
  • Pullovers
  • Legwarmers
  • Childrenís dolls
  • Pillows
  • Belts
  • Slippers
  • A body-warmer for your dog

The possibilities are fairly endless. A joy of knitting your own clothes, aside from the money you can save, is the chance to get creative and make something for yourself instead of just pulling it off a rack. Knitting a little memento to hand out as a gift at Christmas comes across as a gift from the heart, not just something that was passed across a scanner and thrown into wrapping paper hurriedly.

Another upside to knitting or crocheting clothing and accessories is that the quality control is in your hands. Letís face it, quite a lot of the clothing you find out there is crap that starts to come apart after a few washes. And if you want clothing that is the exception to this, it necessitates going to a high-end department store and paying a small fortune for a quality product. When you make your own clothes by hand, you get to be in charge of how high-quality and durable the finished product is. Itís possible to have the quality of high-end clothing without the cost.

So if youíve got some free time on your hands, give making your own clothes a shot. Itís a money-saving skill that you can employ for a lifetime and getting to design and create your own clothing and accessories can be quite the fun hobby!


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