There is nothing quite like a bargain is there! Most people love them.
Sewing for a fundraising thing can be tricky. We usually have a budget for our own sewing but when it come to sewing to donate to a fundraising thing you really want to get the best deal you can.
Well I know I do. After 4 years of sewing for the boys school I have learnt a little. Firstly I can't over do it. I could sew & sew & sew a million things. I need to be realistic though in what I am giving. Everything ends up costing money & you end up giving such a lot in time & money by the time a school fair is over, with donations, time spent on making, more donations in other areas & then time on a stall if you can. Then on top of that, there is the actual fair itself that you go to & you need to pay for stuff there. It's never ending some days.
So, what can we do to minimise costs? Go op shopping is a good start!
It does depend what you are making of course but there are things you can do quite cheaply. Yesterday, I did manage to get some experimenting done on a peg bag. A dear old friend of mine is also sewing for her church fair at the moment. We swapped ideas the other day. I drafted a pattern off her peg bag. So with some calico & bias strips I made I whipped up this first peg bag. It's pretty good. I like the size of it & it looks quite pretty.
But I also went to an op shop. I found a couple of reasonable table cloths. I decided to hack those up. The result was this first one.
I am really rapt with that one. It's a bit different. Was less work as I didn't use bias tape for it. But you know the best bit? It cost me $1 for the table cloth! Plus I get 2 out of it! Woohoo! Fifty cent fabric can't be bad for one peg bag! I have cut out another one ready to sew up but will save that for during the week I think. Stay tuned for more re-purposed products!
Now I just have to try to keep out of the op shops & buying more cloths! There is still a limit on my making. I hope I don't get too enthusiastic!