Sunday, 27 October 2013

Cheap Thrills: Potato Cakes and Pillowcases

Two fun and thrifty things I want to share with you that I found on the internet this weekend.  The first is potato cakes which I made using a simple recipe from Scarlet Rosita's blog.  I used gluten-free flour instead of wheat flour and they were spot on.  I made 12 so we had some covered in butter for breakfast on Saturday and the rest with poached eggs on top with mushrooms and shallots for lunch today.  They were so easy to make and a good use of the last few potatoes in the bag.

The second thing is a tutorial for turning a pillowcase into a reusable shopping bag from Grow Mama's blog.  I read through it for an idea of what I needed to do then got an old (and boring) pillowcase out of the linen cupboard to have a go.  Here it is with fabric pen lines marking out a rough pattern:

After cutting, pinning and hand sewing I had this:

If folds up small so will fit easily in my handbag, and I'm going to make a pouch to fold it into using the spare fabric.

If this experimental pillowcase-bag copes well with shopping I'm going to make more using some of the many pillowcases that turn up in charity shops.  Hey, and I'll even measure out a proper pattern and everything rather than winding it!  I saw loads of pillowcases in great fabrics for 50p each yesterday and I'm kicking myself for not buying them!  I'm always a fan of things which are unique, thrifty and good for the environment at the same time.  All that and it was fun to make.

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