Last week, I found a Columbia fleece at a yard sale for my oldest daughter, and I only paid $2 for it. I thought I’d gotten a killer deal, until I discovered it had a stain.
How did I overlook that?
I don’t know, but I was determined to salvage the jacket. Because, aside from the stain it was a really nice jacket.
Now, I could have tried to get the stain out, or bleached it, I suppose, but I decided to try to redye it instead. [Read more…]
My sister is getting married this summer, and I’m one of her bridesmaids. A few weeks back she sent me an e-mail about bridesmaid outfits. Here’s what she had to say:
I would like to keep this as simple as possible and let everyone
pick their own navy blue skirt and white tank top.
To pull the look together, I would like everyone to have the same necklace:
For the skirt, pick any navy blue skirt. Keep in mind it should be
around knee-length and not a pencil skirt (don’t want to look like we
are going to work). I am thinking A-line. I found one that works:
After breathing a sigh of relief that I wouldn’t have to wear some poofy bridal shop confection, I hit the thrift stores in pursuit of the perfect skirt. And I found one rather quickly, except it was the wrong color. Rats!
I decided to try it on anyway – it fit perfectly and was only a quarter, so I decided to buy it and redye it to the color that I needed. Surely khaki would be easy enough to dye.
A quick trip to Walmart netted me a box of navy dye for around two bucks.
After reviewing all of the dying options, I decided the washing machine-method sounded like the way to go. I filled the machine with hot water, and added the dye and the cup of salt that was recommended for cotton.
Then, I rinsed the skirt in hot water, added it to the washer, and let it soak for thirty minutes.
After rinsing the skirt, and running it through the dryer, I had my navy skirt, and it was even better than I expected.
See the white stitching? Apparently the skirt was put together with a synthetic thread, so it didn’t get dyed blue. I love how the stitches stands out against the blue.
And the buttons kept their original color, too. I now have the perfect skirt for my sister’s wedding, and it only cost me around $2.25. Thrift stores come through again!
Want to try your hand at redying clothes? Save money by reworking second-hand finds, as I did; or rework things that you already own. Redying is a great way to cover up stains or to revitalize outfits that you’ve grown tired of.
Jewelry making is a fun hobby, but it can get kind of pricey. My solution? I look for old jewelry at yard sales and thrift stores that I can restring.
I made both of the bracelets that you see here from a bag of broken jewelry that I bought for $3 at the World’s Longest Yard Sale, and I still have enough beads left over to make several more pieces.