(This is a 3 part series that will be posted over 3 days)
1) Get a sewing machine:
photo by jelene
Once you’ve got one of these bad boys you can pretty much make any fabric item you need! If you want interesting pillows for your bed, pretty bunting for a party or a different head scarf for every day of the week, it’s within your power to make it!Sewing virgin? - Seriously, if you can work out how to load up the thread and bobbin and sew a straight line you’ll be on your way, you just have to search for the right tutorial online if you can’t work out how to make something yourself. It’s not as scary and hard as it sounds! Start with basic things, take your time and Google your way out of any hiccups. You’ll be fine!
- Spending a lot less on mass produced clothes and other fabric items.
- You can alter clothes that don’t quite suit you or fit you - this probably quadruples your options when you‘re thrifting!
- You can mend stuff rather than throwing it out. “Waste not want not” and all that.
- You can make clothes, home furnishings and decorations from scratch if you want to.
- Everything you make can be whatever colour, shape or design you choose, it’s not dictated by whatever’s in the shops this season.
- Your home reflects whoever lives there rather than being all generic and boring. Sofa cushions made out of your old My Little Pony bed sheets, curtains with skulls printed all over them - you can have whatever you want!
2) Grow your own food:
photo by redcherryhillIf you get through lots of fresh herbs, salads, fruit and vegetables (or if you want to) you can try growing them and save loads of money after you’ve initially bought the seeds. Write down all the produce you want to eat and find out how to grow each one by searching online or getting books from the library. Even if you just choose a couple of easy ones to start you’ll be saving some cash. If you don’t have a garden you can set up mini gardens on or near sunny window sills! Some stuff come be grown in little pots, trays and hanging baskets. You can even grow your own potatoes in a plastic bin.
- Save tons of money - this stuff costs a fortune!
- Cut down shopping time/trips
- Fresh produce at your finger tips - no excuse for not eating your greens. The more you eat, the more gorgeous and functional you’ll be!
3) Get yourself a bike:
photo by piermario
Buy a cheap (or free) second hand bike, name it, decorate it, add a cute shopping basket and love it! Use it for any journey that’s not too far.
- Save money on buses, trains, tubes and taxis…or petrol if you usually drive.
- It’s good for you and the environment, so you can feel all smug.
- You can go for random rides around the neighbourhood with your earphones in and your hair blowing in the wind and knock for your friends!
- You can go for long rides to explore parts of town you’ve never seen.
Part 2 tomorrow!