Don’t stop me now!

Hello Dear Reader,

I’ve had great fun tonight, I’ve been ironing and cutting up shirts! I’ve also learnt how to make pin wheels. I’ve never been to classes and have learnt it the frugal 2012 way……….from blogs, websites and You Tube. Here’s the tutorial I found to make these.


I’ve got lots of smaller pieces of fabric that I just can’t waste and it will be fun to have a no specific colour but a quilt all in pin wheels. I started by cutting 5″ squares and the end result, with seams, is an 8″ by 8″ square. Who knows where this is all going? Free motion quilting………..I can but dream.

Sorry about the quilty blogs, but we still have long dark nights and I like to be purposeful in the evenings. I listen to a play on the radio or a concert on Radio 3 whilst I sew.

So, with this very short blog, I’ll hand this over to you. What have you learnt to do the 2012 frugal way? Dearly Beloved learnt how to replace the motor on the Dyson from a You Tube tutorial. Have you ever watched and learnt and then tried it?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs

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36 thoughts on “Don’t stop me now!

  1. I've been watching how to replace sealant around baths and kitchen sinks (I Know, rock n roll!). I'm going to be having a go in the next week – eek. I look up all 'how to' DIY stuff on Videojug which is amazing. Happy quilting!

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  2. I had an embroidery refresher via the internet today. It's many years since I last embroidered anything, but yesterday I found a cushion cover in the charity shop and it had the transfer printed on it ready to be embroidered. I've picked up lots of thread and a hoop on my thrifty travels, and the cushion cover cost 20p! I made a start on it today but couldn't do much as I'm nursing an eye injury caused by a gardening accident.

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  3. Im only a 60% frugaler but thought when the door catch broke on my hotpoint washing machine Id ooggle washing machine repairs and found that you could buy the catches on ebay for 50p!!! I also found instructions on how to replace it and well Success – its worked fine every since and that was about 3 years ago !!! Everytime I open the washing machine door I feel proud of myself !! Marilyn

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  4. I learned how to make yogurt from milk and a spoonful of yogurt…easy peasey…I do it every week now. And origami boxes for presents..I love online tutorials:-) Your quilts are lovely…makes me want to have a go too. Have a great evening!

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  5. I've been doing 'freestyle' crochet since I was 7 (nearly 50 years ago) when my Grandma taught me how to crochet. I followed my very first pattern a few weeks ago and now all the family want at least one of my crochet cushions! I'm going to try to concentrate a bit more and follow crochet patterns as they are amazing. However, I envy you, I can't machine sew, the blasted things run away with me….

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  6. Our fridge door wouldn't stay closed and I fixed it a very simple way, had a little look, then realised something had fallen out, so I did a very technical repair, found a round lollipop stick – and stuck that in. It works!

    Husband makes his own panels on the cars he restores because he can't afford to buy them. This is of course on customers' cars, any event the new ones need so much fettling as they're never the right shape, you might as well start from scratch and get a perfect fit.

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  7. I learned lots of knitting and crochet stitches from Youtube. Also learned how to use a spinning wheel, and lots of tips on veggie growing.
    Don't you love the internet?

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  8. Hi
    as you know I have just recently made a teas cosy from all my rag wool. I decided to broaden my crochet skills and found this link on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y-ti8mRDvA&feature=related her name is Teresa and I love the way she assumes you have not done thins before and takes you through all the stages in varying projects, she also has a tutorial for fingerless gloves, which I believe could be made easily into a fully fashioned pair. At the moment I am learning how to “cluster” stitch. If you are new to crochet please don’t limit yourself to just using wool I have cut old jeans into strips and made a rug fro my landing looks fab and will wash up a treat. I would recommend you putting some anti slip backing on it though. Recycled suede look skirts from a charity shop do a wonderful job.
    Have you thought of using all your very small buts of fabric to make covered buttons for embellishments? They look a treat and are never the same.
    The pin wheel pattern is so effective and takes not much effort for a beautiful effect. What you are making looks beautiful. The points are right fiddly to match up.
    All the best
    Rachel
    Plymouth

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  9. I learnt how to tie my home grown onions in a string so they keep well AND look good hanging in the kitchen.

    The first lot fell apart and then I mastered it, they kept fresh all winter and we have just recently eaten the last of them.

    Must brush up on my skills for this years crop 🙂

    Sue xx

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  10. Thanks to the internet I diagnosed & learnt how to fix a split diaphram in my loo cistern and reused some plastic sheeting that I found in the shed to do it – didn't cost me a penny. And like Kittykittyweaselfish I also learned how to make my own yogurt, in my slow cooker.

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  11. Absolutely lovely thanks for video link don't you just love the Americans they are not at all precious about their skills and seem to be glad to share their processes
    I use the internet a lot and have learnt to crochet and refresh my knitting skills and now just having a go at patchwork, not as advanced as you, you seem to have raced ahead in your quilting skills congratulations

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  12. When we were having problems fitting a new toilet recently, my husband watched several youtube videos before deciding that we actually had a faulty part. Without youtube, we'd have thought iut was our lack of akill.

    Also, we had to replace a bulb on the car recently and it was not at all the same as on our last car. Youtube to the rescue again. Love youtube : )

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  13. I was in a state of utter confusion with my coving until a charming Irish chappie on youtube explained the rules (I made notes!) and then I was away! Easy peasy when you know how!

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  14. We are doing as much as we can in renovating our ensuite, so watched youtube for removing the tiles, 1/2 way through and all going well so far. Still a long way to go though so bit by bit. Love your blog.

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  15. The presser foot lever on my inherited serger broke off. My first inclination was to truck it off to the repair shop. Then I googled the model number of the machine and up came an online parts store with the presser foot! It was a common problem with this serger. Cost me $15 all-told and husband put on the new lever for “love”. 🙂

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  16. A month ago I learnt how to repair the door handle on my washing machine and this weekend learnt all about square foot planting for this years veg. Earlier in the year also leanrt how to change the wick on my parafin heater.
    I love being able to do it my self and save money and not ask a man!!

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  17. Last month I learnt how to change the door handle on my washing machine. At the weekend I learnt how to do square foot planting for this years veg. Earlier in the year I learnt how to change the wick on my paraffin heater.
    I love the sense of stisfaction doing it myself, saving money and not having to ask a man!

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  18. I learned needle tatting from a YouTube video. So relaxing to do whilst listening to music or a free audiobook from the library!

    I also learned cable knitting from a video, though not YouTube, but a DVD borrowed from the library as well.

    I adore free lessons!

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  19. I love love love You Tube. People are soooo generous with sharing their knowledgen and I have found it especially helpful when quilting. Am just going to see if they have tips on goldwork as I'm desperate to have a go at that. Looks like you are hooked on quilting!

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  20. Just tonight I said to my husband that I should start a website for people to post what they have learned online.

    We have automatic central locking on our car. Unfortunately both sets of keys stopped working. We found out that it was probably flat batteries on the keys. Bought new batteries, internet told us how to find out which batteries to buy. Batteries were 5 for £3. Youtube showed us how to change them and that husbands keys needed resetting by starting the engine and then pressing the key. Then last of all we found out that garages charge £60 to do that.

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  21. At the moment I'm looking at quilting books, mags and your quilting posts in order to psyche myself up to do a first quilt. Thank you for the link to the video.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  22. Beautiful blocks! Your points look great, too.

    I learned to disassemble a Bissell Spot Bot and replace the pump on YouTube. I took it apart, ordered the part on the internet and DH changed it…after watching the YouTube tutorial.

    The internet isn't the only way to learn things free. My new medical insurance will pay for a health club membership, which I would NEVER buy. However, I joined, and signed up for swimming lessons. (Friends had told me to get private lessons since I am 66 and mainly needed to learn to breathe). Well, only two signed up, so it has been almost as good as private lessons. I have learned to breathe and now I'm learning to do the crawl stroke properly…I have flailed around in the water all my life, and this is great!

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  23. Beautiful blocks! Your points look great, too.

    I learned to disassemble a Bissell Spot Bot and replace the pump on YouTube. I took it apart, ordered the part on the internet and DH changed it…after watching the YouTube tutorial.

    The internet isn't the only way to learn things free. My new medical insurance will pay for a health club membership, which I would NEVER buy. However, I joined, and signed up for swimming lessons. (Friends had told me to get private lessons since I am 66 and mainly needed to learn to breathe). Well, only two signed up, so it has been almost as good as private lessons. I have learned to breathe and now I'm learning to do the crawl stroke properly…I have flailed around in the water all my life, and this is great!

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  24. We fixed our toaster (a posh one from pre-frugal days!) by googling then buying a new timer on eBay, it cost about £3 to fix, would have been a fortune to replace!

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  25. We fixed our toaster (a posh one from pre-frugal days!) by googling then buying a new timer on eBay, it cost about £3 to fix, would have been a fortune to replace!

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