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This Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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 November Garden Produce The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, Swiss chard, beet greens, green onions, basil and chives from the garden.

I used a coupon for a free bag of potting soil with any purchase at the nursery.

My husband and I had a date night at home.

I watched some comedy skits on You Tube (Tim Hawkins). 

I watched an episode of Poldark online for free.

I sold a piece of furniture we are no longer using via a Facebook garage sale page.

I went to a garage sale on my street and bought 3 pairs of pants, a shirt, and a pair of tights for $3.75.

I enjoyed talking to friends in France online. I love that we can talk without having a long distance bill, plus we can see each other, too!



What did you do to save money this past week?


American readers: Take your turkey out to thaw today! A large turkey takes 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator.

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Thankful: November 19th

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Octavius Airplane 3 The Prudent Homemaker

I am thankful that I was able to go to bed early (7:15!) last night. I've been up since 3:00 a.m. with the baby and it would be so much harder to face the day if I hadn't gotten to bed early.

The baby is now asleep (it's 6:00 a.m.) and I have a load of laundry washing and can get going on my day! I have lots of sewing to catch up on!


What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 18th

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Winter Simper

I'm thankful that I was able to listen to and talk with my daughter. 


What are you thankful for today?


(And that's a sneak peek at one of the dresses she made for herself in October! Once I get a photo of her in one more outfit I'll share them!)

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Thankful: November 17th

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I'm thankful that I was able to sell a piece of furniture this morning that we are no longer using via a Facebook garage sale. I bought it at a garage sale a few years back, it served us well, and I sold it for a few dollars more than I paid for it!


What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 16th

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Octavius Cowboy The Prudent Homemaker

I am thankful that this sweet baby boy of mine took a nap yesterday and gave me an opportunity to sew!


What are you thankful for today?

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Cloche The Prudent Homemaker

A couple of months ago, I came across a vintage-style free pattern for a cloche hat. I loved it, and so did Winter. Winter used the pattern first to make herself a hat, using the fabric from the bottom of a skirt (she turned a long skirt that I had bought at the thrift store into a knee-length one and used the fabric she cut off for the hat).  

She liked the hat but wanted a bit longer brim next time, so I made this a bit longer than the original. I made it from a beautiful brushed cotton that I ran across at Joann's when we were picking up some crinoline fabric in October. It feels like a thick flannel.



Free hat pattern and tutorial 

1/2 yard of hat fabric

1/4 yard of lining fabric (I used a bit more, using the same fabric for making the rose and trim)


1 yard of fusible interfacing


Sewing Machine


Sewing pins



Cloche Detail The Prudent Homemaker


This took me about 4 hours. The tutorial says it is a 2-hour project, and I think sewing the hat is, but when you include the time to cut out the pieces for the hat, lining, and flower, and make the flower and trim, it takes longer. 

A couple of tips: Take the time to iron every seam after sewing it before moving on to the next step. It makes a huge difference. Also, don't neglect the top stitching. Top stitching not only makes the seams lay flat, it also makes the whole hat look more finished and professional.

Cost: $4.65

I bought the brushed cotton just recently at Joann's on sale for $5.99 a yard (regular prices is $9.99). I had the black fabric that I used for lining and the trim from a long-ago purchase; it's not technically lining fabric, but actual lining fabric would be even less expensive. The interfacing I used was bought on a Black Friday sale at 75% off; they sell a thin iron-on interfacing by the bolt that day.

You could make this hat out of any fabric you have, including making it from an old piece of clothing or a flannel pillowcase. If you want to make flowers, you will need a synthetic fabric to melt in this fashion, but you don't have to make flowers. Ribbon or a self-made trim will also work just fine. You can make this hat out of a lighter material for summer; Winter made hers from linen. 

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