Children outgrow clothing quickly. Anything you can do
to make their clothing last longer will save money and is thrift conscious.
Smaller children don't care as much about their clothing, so it is easier to
alter it and make it last.
Jumpers are great frugal
clothing for small children because you can make them longer by just letting
down the shoulder straps. Hems on pants can be let down, or you can add
additional fabric at the bottom of the legs.
The knees wear out quickly on pants. Iron patches on
them or sew them on. If you iron them on, it is best to secure them with
stitching. If you don't want to put them on the outside of the garment,
put them on the inside. You can put them on new pants as a preventative
measure. Little girls often like to choose their own patches. Keep
several on hand.
If your children's clothing gets a spot on a garment at a
place where you don't want to put a patch, if it is a light colored garment you
may be able to disguise it with fabric paint. Use a permanent marker, or
paint brush, and draw a design over the spot.
You can also try a decorative appliqué.
some more frugal tips to help with buying
clothing for children.
- Keep your children's size
with you at all time, including a tracing of their shoe size, so
can take advantages of sales when you see them.
- Buy lightly used clothing on ebay.
- Know your brands, so that you can easily
recognize quality clothing.
- Never buy items your children don't like.They either won't wear them, or they will feel
uncomfortable with their peers.
Talk with your children about clothing, their likes and dislikes, so
you will feel confident picking up items for them.