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Frugal Hobby Tips



When you go thrift store shopping, keep an eye out for sweaters made from quality yarn. You can recycle yarn. It is easy unraveled and rolled into balls. To get out the kinks, wrap it around a piece of cardboard and soak it in cold water.

Digital Cameras

You can save a lot of money using a digital camera. With a digital camera, you can preview your pictures after you take them, so you know if you need to take another shot, and you save a ton of money by not using a regular camera and developing pictures that you don't like or didn't turn out well.

If you buy a good camera, and print your pictures out on high glossy paper, they will be good, quality pictures. Or you can email the pictures to Costco or Walgreen, and they will make copies for you.

You also have the advantage of sending your digital pictures to friends and family by email, putting them on a social websites and copying them on CDs and travel drives.


Quilting is a great hobby. It doesn't have to be expensive. You need very few tools, and you can buy fabric when it is heavily discounted, or use old clothing and other textiles from around the house. Quilts take the place of blankets, or can be used as artwork. Large ones, placed on the wall, help insulate your home. Leftover fabric can be sold on Ebay.

Sewing Patterns

Always buy your patterns on sale. The markup on patterns is ridiculous. They can cost $15 or more, yet often go on sale for $1.00 each.


When you sew garments that need a lining, such as a vest, save money by making the vest reversible. Why waste money on lining, when you can take the same money and make two vests?


Sheets are a great way to save money. Fabric is expensive, and you get a lot of it with sheets. You can make outer shower curtains with sheets, and also regular draperies. You can use them as tablecloths. Or you can cut them up and make pillow or cover lampshades. You can also use them on the back of quilt tops or as duvet covers.


If you buy a multi-size children's pattern, and you are going to use one of the smaller sizes, trace the pattern on to freezer paper.  That way the pattern will remain intact if you want to use it again for a larger size.

Patterns: Magazines

Have you ever leafed through a magazine at a doctor's office or at the library and seen something really cute you'd like to rip out and take home for the pattern? Tempting...but most of us don't do it - no matter how old the magazine. If you are a crafter and like to have a stash of designs, here is a solution. Carry a bit of wax paper in your purse with a marking pen. You can easily trace over the design Another alternative is to ask the receptionist if they would copy it for you or to take a picture of it with your phone.

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