To some, sewing may seem scary, but learning how to navigate a needle and thread could be the key to saving your household some quick cash. You don’t even need to own a sewing machine to tackle most of these easy money-saving sewing projects.
Handmade Napkins - Cloth napkins can make an everyday meal feel super sophisticated. Amp up your next dinner party without spending much money by whipping up a set of handmade cloth napkins. Pull out some spare fabric, or pick some up at your local fabric store. Check out this simple tutorial from MyFloatingFeathers.blogspot.com for the step-by-step. A set of four cloth napkins can also make a great gift.
Repairing a Button - Just as sure as the sun is to rise, buttons will pop off—especially on your favorite shirt. But before you remove the button-less item from your wardrobe, try repairing it. Sewing on a button can take as little as two minutes, as this YouTube video from Threadbanger.com proves.
Hemming Pants - It’s the curse of being petite. But before you hire a pricey tailor to hem your pants try shortening them yourself. Woman’s Day magazine broke this task down into four simple steps that require some measuring, a needle, thread and a bit of patience.
Fixing a Seam - If you’re buying bargain basement clothing you may find they tend to fall apart at the seams—literally. Get more bang for your fashion buck by fixing separated seams. Receive help from Martha Stewart with these basic instructions.
Making a Pillow - Toss pillows are like accessories for your home. Swapping them for new colors and styles can give your room a fresh feel. But before you spend your decorating dollars on updated pillows, try making your own with these tips from HGTV. You’ll have enough money left over to buy something else fabulous—or maybe you’ll decide to spend it on more sewing supplies.
By Alison Storm
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It's all treats and no tricks at many retailers this Halloween. Here you'll find a list of stores and restaurants we've comprised that are offering up special deals and maybe even a freebie or two to celebrate the spooky holiday. Keep checking back, we'll be adding new ones as we find them!
Barnes & Noble - Free Halloween storytime on 10/31/2014. Contact local stores for times.
Bass Pro Shops - Free 4x6 photos & Halloween activities for kids from now through 10/31/2014.
Chipolte - Participating restaurants are offering a $3 "boorito" to those that arrive in a costume. Offer valid from 5PM to close on 10/31/2014.
IHOP - Free Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 & under on 10/31/2014 only from 7AM to 10PM.
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnut to customers in full costume. Only on 10/31/2014 at participating restaurants.
LEGO Stores - Free Halloween sticker for kids in costume on 10/31/2014.
Outback Steakhouse - Free kids meals w/purchase of adult meal. Limited to kids 10 & under and 2 free kids meals in a visit. Participating restaurants on 10/31/2014 only.
Sonic - 50 Cent corn dogs all day on 10/31/2014.
Wendy's - Halloween coupon booklets are only $1. This book contains coupons good for free Jr. Frostys. Of special note: 90 cents of the purchase price goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Offer's ending is unknown.
Stores: 20x200, 6pm, Amazon, Apple Store, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Best Buy, Buy.com, Dell, Eastbay, eBags, Eddie Bauer, Endless.com, Home Depot, H&R Block, Kohl's, Macy's, Old Navy, Restaurant.com, Sandals, Shoes.com, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys 'R' Us, Urban Outfitters, Wal-Mart (See more)
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