My dear friend, Monique, makes great stuff. She is not a professional seamstress, nor has she been crafting for a super-long time. So, what is her secret? She only uses materials she loves. When she falls in love with a pattern, she does not source out the cheapest $2/yd sale fabric she can find to make it (like I normally would). She goes to our favourite local fabric shop and finds a piece of fabric worthy of the pattern. When she is done her project, she usually really loves it.
When I settle for a fabric I don’t really love simply because it is on sale or is very inexpensive, I often end up with a project I like, but don’t love. It is a bit of a let-down to put all that work into something only to have it turn out to be ho-hum.
No more. Of course, there is nothing at all wrong with a sale and I will continue to look for great bargains on fabric. However, I will only buy the fabric if I love it because if it is inexpensive, but I don’t really love it, it is a waste of money and not thrifty at all.
Awhile ago, I got a great deal on some fabric that I did love. I bought it from a mama I know online. I bought several fabrics from her including the one used for the project below, one yard of iced giraffes cotton interlock. I wanted to make some Lazy Days Pyjamas for our 6mo little boy. When I looked at the piece of fabric, I knew there would be plenty leftover and the idea popped into my head that maybe I could squeeze out a matching pair for our 3yo boy, too. It was crazy and insane to think I could, but I wanted to live dangerously (and be frugal with my nice fabric!) It took an entire evening just to come up with the cutting layout that would work, but I eventually managed to do it!
Presenting matching pyjamas for our little men, made in sizes 3T and 12mo: