Friday, May 15, 2009

My Newest Addiction!

Currently I have a project that I am working on that involves making pennies. I had made them from felt and wasn't happy with them. I ripped them all off of the runner and decided I might like wool better. Of course, wool is out of season at our fabric store and expensive to boot. I looked at the Goodwill stores and didn't have much luck. I went to the thrift store that is sponsored by the local rescue mission. JACKPOT! All their clothing pieces were $1.00 each. I got one skirt and three pair of pants for $4.00. What a bargain. Now I am going to wash them in hot water and dry them and add them to my stash.

Above is my wool cut apart and washed and pressed. I still need several colors to complete the project. Soooooo, I went back again on Friday. I got a really nice red wool blazer, which happens to be my size, for $2.50. Except, I don't think I can bring myself to cut it up! I did buy the cream and red skirts at Goodwill. Wound up costing me a bit more, but the skirt is a bigger size, so I thought it was still a bargain.

That dark color is a reddish brown. Goodwill had a gorgeous orange wool blazer, but darn it, $4.50. Just couldn't do it. I am now always looking and feeling the clothes in the thrift store. Why didn't I think of this earlier?


  1. Tell me how you wash them. And do you dry them in the dryer? Do you use detergent and softener? you take out any lining first? And do you take the pieces apart with a seam ripper before you wash?
    I would love to make penny rugs/candle mats, and I too purchased gobs of wool at our GW. I am just clueless on how to felt it!
    You can email me at
    Thank you!

  2. I get lots of my crafting fabric from the Second Hand Store...actually, I have taken some old things right out of my own closet to cut up for crafts!! Have a great weekend. Take care ~Natalie