Hey big spender

Froogs, alias scruffy bag lady……sniffing out bargain fabric.

 Hello Dear Reader,

A million thanks to everyone who nominated me, I’ve made it as a finalist (amongst many others) of the Mums and Dads blog awards and would be delighted if you would vote for me. Click onto the link to the right and then follow the links to vote for FRUGAL IN CORNWALL. Many, many thanks xxxxxx Froogs 

I have been busy tidying, sorting, cataloguing and de-cluttering my sewing room. It will be fit to be photographed later, when I’ll settle myself down to some sewing this evening. I took a break from the laundry and housework today and went off in hunt of some blue fabric for my dad’s quilt. I went to the Salvation Army Care and Share shop (I love the lady who volunteers in there on Saturdays, she has the most Cornish accent and is also the most cheerful and welcoming lady in all of the charity shops) and bought a blue shirt for 75p. It will be unpicked after I’ve washed and dried it.

 Next, my favourite charity shop with my even more favourite ‘blackboard of bargains’. Today………….I could hardly contain the excitement, clothes were half price!! I bought two extra large cotton men’s shirts for £1 each. I was on a roll by then!

Dearly Beloved checking out the window display and hoping I didn’t buy too much.

 Finally, I made my way to my favourite scruffy little charity shop, run by a local charity in an old stable block or garage at the back of a pub car park (sounds worse than it actually is!) and bought two men’s shirts at 50p each, two pillow cases at 40p each and a cot quilt cover for £1. Total spend for all of my fabric was £5.55, which is quite a big spend for me but I’m on a mission to get a quilt made for him. 

Here’s the total haul and it’s already in the washing machine to join the rest of the laundry outside in the sunshine. I’ve said it before, and will again, one of life’s greatest pleasures is sun dried laundry.


 Fabric can cost anywhere between £3.99 a metre for poly cotton up to £12.00 a metre for well designed quilting fabric. I have a mixture of poly-cottons and pure cottons and more than enough to make a quilt. I’ve supported the church’s mission to Moldova, the Salvation Army and the animal shelter! I may have had a splurge but it all went to charity so it’s money well spent.

You can see a pile of shirts and old bedding, I can see a new quilt. I really hope that your Saturday is as great as mine today. I’ll be back later with the sorted and cleaned sewing room. 

Until then,

Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxxx

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12 thoughts on “Hey big spender

  1. I LOVE line dried laundry – first load was out at 6am. I have several today – ( you can read about it in my teenage angst post today1 )
    But I always wondered if I was the only one who likes to sniff every item of my laundry as I bring it in off the washing line!!!

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  2. Sounds like a great day out to me. Cant wait to see the quilt you make from your purchases 🙂

    I think we in Australia take our line drying too much for granted.I can just about get my clothes dry 365 days of the year. Where I live we never get more than one day of rain in a row, so can just put the washing off until the next day 🙂

    x

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  3. You've got a brilliant haul there, and very colour co-ordinated, I too can see a quilt (one of your specials) ather than a pile of clothes.

    Ahhh… sundried laundry lovely….. (I even like sunbaked towels, lovely and rough and invigorating, is that a bit weird?).

    Sue xx

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  4. Have just voted for you. Good Luck.
    My last quilt was made of 156 'cat' blocks. When it came to the quilting I decided to use two buttons for their eyes. It looks great. I expect you are cutting off all the buttons from the shirts. It is surprising how many you collect.
    Great blog as usual.

    Love, Dianne – Hereford.

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  5. Froogs – if you are short of blue fabric i will happily send you some – it's the one colour I seem to amass more than any other – drop me an email with your snail mail address and i'll stick a selection in the post to you

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  6. Great finds! The only large quilt I've ever made is from scraps of fabric ranging from pieces that were leftover from my great grandmother all the way down to pieces leftover from clothes I sewed my daughter when she was little. A scrappy quilt is my favorite by far!

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  7. Great finds! The only large quilt I've ever made is from scraps of fabric ranging from pieces that were leftover from my great grandmother all the way down to pieces leftover from clothes I sewed my daughter when she was little. A scrappy quilt is my favorite by far!

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  8. I too love sun dried washing, I am very impressed and inspired by your repurposing, I am going to give that a try when I decide what to sew next 🙂

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