June Income & Expense Report

June Income & Expense Report

My June Income & Expense Report is in. It’s ugly….

June Sewing: Inpcome & Expense Report

Sewing/Blogging Income
$18.50 etsy sales

Sewing/Blogging Expenses
.60 etsy fees
$18.93 L’Ouseau (fabric)
$907.53 The Stitching Post (cuss words here. My machine broke.)
$72.68 JoAnns (more fabric, thread, zipper)
$4.68 shipping
$64.75 Hobby Lobby (lingerie elastic, exacto-kit, gluegun, etc)

Total Spending: $1069.17
Total Earning: $18.50
Total: $1050.67

So….my old sewing machine didn’t survive surgery, and it turns out I’m not a doctor. Who knew?


This is the 6th month of my expense report…and I think I’m done with them. I’m still going to track my spending, but not on the blog. And I’m giving myself a monthly allowance¬†based on my spending this year.

I learned a lot in 6 months; and cut my sewing splurges at least in half; probably more. I’ve stopped making impulse buys, and only go to the fabric store with a specific project or items in mind. I have a good idea of what my minimum spending is for each month. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to do.

The only area I’d like to improve in is sewing through my massive hoard of fabric. I really have been using it- my sewing machine gets more mileage than my car. But fabric multiplies! I’m curious, what do you all do with your scraps? And what size of scrap is too small to keep?

Below, you can see my & expense report for each month.



About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Stephanie

    I use the smallest scraps to stuff pillows/softies! Honestly though, save them and give them away! Quilters, doll clothes. Whenever I get overwhelmed with scraps, I post on Freecycle. So sorry you had to get a new machine :(
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  2. Amy of while wearing heels

    Oh Amy! I am so sorry surgery did not result well. I hope you replaced your old machine with one you like just as much if not more.

    I’m disappointed you won’t continue to share your expense report. I find it really fascinating. I love that you are brave enough to keep track and even braver to share.

    And, I keep all my scraps. I worry, if I throw any away, that will be the day I think ‘oh, I should have kept that’. I’m a hoarder!
    Amy of while wearing heels recently posted…Be Back SoonMy Profile

  3. Gina

    Your expense report was a fun learning experience. One broken machine can blow the whole report up but hey I would say it is worth it!! If you didn’t have a machine you would be out spending a lot more money on some other hobby and all your friends and family would be spending a lot more buying clothes because they wouldn’t be getting handmade stuff from you!! I have decided if it is less than 2 1/2x 2 1/2″ than it goes in the garbage!!
    Gina recently posted…The Breeze Top: A Pattern TourMy Profile

  4. Annie

    Wait, didn’t you buy a sewing machine about a year ago or so? Maybe I remember incorrectly. But the warranty does not cover the fix cost? I see that is a huge disappointment & frustration for you. some cuss words are allowed!
    A bit sad to hear your expense reports are ending, but happy to hear you have accomplished what you meant to do. To me no scrap is too small…I am thinking of tackling my scraps making fabric flowers and fabric baskets.
    Annie recently posted…Patriotic Twirly Dress for Little MomoMy Profile

  5. Donna

    Saving fabric scraps is somewhat of an art. I used to save them ALL, then for a while I thought it was ridiculous and saved NONE. Now I save pieces that can easily be sewn together because I would like to make a crazy random pieced quilt top. Of course I am not sure in which century this will occur, but it is on my list.


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