I'm always on the look out for ways I can save money when sewing, even if it's just a few cents. Until recently however, I was unwittingly throwing out ribbon that could have proven to be useful. I'm sure I'm the only one who was not being resourceful, but just in case I'm not alone, I thought I'd share how I accumulated this little pile of ribbons.
Most women's clothing comes with ribbon at the shoulders, to hold the garment on a coat hanger in the shop. I never use the ribbon on coat hangers at home. It just gets in the way and so I cut it out. It's only a few inches in length and I could never see a use for it and so I always threw it out along with the labels.
For what ever reason, it one day dawned on me that these little pieces of ribbon are the perfect length and width for zipper pulls, and so I started saving them. Sometimes the obvious is not so easy to see.
I think the short lengths of ribbon would also be the right size to make small bows, but I haven't made any yet. Can you think of any other uses?
I'm also now keeping any ribbon that is tied around parcels, even if it has a brand name on it. I'm not sure how I'll use it, but I know one day something will come to mind and it doesn't take up much space. What would you do with it?
I know it's not ribbon, but I'm also keeping the tape from jelly rolls. I'm thinking maybe it could work in small drawstring bags. I'm not convinced this will be OK, but I won't know till I try it. Moda means fashion in Spanish, so perhaps I could cut out the words and sew them onto patchwork bags or zippered pouches. Again, I won't know till I actually try it.
Tell me I'm not alone. Am I the only one who was throwing out a small, but useful sewing resource?