Have you ever tried making your own clothes, accessories, soft furnishings or upcycling your old furniture?
Are you thinking “I haven’t got the skills”? Trust me, it’s not that complicated! And with homemade step by step guides widely available on the Internet, anyone can become an expert.
It’s a great way to save money and most importantly, have something unique that you will without a doubt, be proud of.
You can create beautiful outfits for yourself and children without spending a penny by using your old clothes. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube. Just type in what you are looking for and let your creativity take over. You don’t need to have a sewing machine - of course it would make the process a lot quicker, but you can manage hand sewing.
If you haven’t got any clothes that are suitable for a revamp, have a look in places like Fabricland. They have a wide choice of cheap fabric and accessories for sewing, making your own jewellery and soft furnishings, like cushion covers.
Another fantastic way to add a wow factor to your home is upcycling old, unwanted furniture. There are sites that have been designed to help people get rid of things that they no longer need, like Freecycle or Gumtree, even Facebook. If you're lucky, you might not have to pay a penny.
With some sanding paper, undercoat and samples of paint (that you can buy in any DIY store from £1 per pot) you can transform chests of drawers, bedside tables and other items, to create something beautiful and exceptional. You can use deco mache paper to add an extra touch to the drawers or tops of your furniture, or you can keep it simple and only change the handles, which you can also make yourself.
Projects are much more rewarding than shopping. They give an opportunity to discover new skills and often are a fun way to keep the family occupied on the rainy days.
There's also one more bonus, they will keep you money ready!
Let us know how you’ve saved money by upcycling old furniture or making your own clothes.