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Thread: Collars, cuffs, plackets from men's shirts

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    Senior Member DeneK's Avatar
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    I am making a quilt using mostly fabric from men's shirts. I cut away the collars, cuffs, front and sleeve plackets... buttons still on.

    Would anyone have a use for these? I feel guilty to just throw them in the waste basket.

    Probably not all 100% cotton either.

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    Super Member JulieR's Avatar
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    Hmm. Maybe.

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    I had a lot of takers at the quilt group I go to. I also discard these same items. Several people wanted them just for the buttons, some were making postage stamp quilts. I have seen coffee cup holders made from cuffs and if you button the front placket you can use this strip as an accent in a quilt. If you can afford to pay the postage, I would list a box or envelope on the donation section on this site.

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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    at least cut the buttons off :(
    donate the items to the senior center, a scout group=4-H group, check with the lqs- or local guild- some of the organizations like the womens resource center has little sewing groups who would happily accept anything you are thinking of just sending to a landfill :(

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    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    Try the thrifty quilter. A great tutorial on shirt deconstruction and use of all the parts. Fun to see even if you aren't that thrifty. (I am.) :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Now, I'm off the QB and ripping into the beautiful, like new Orvis plaid shirt that was 25 cents at a garage sale.

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    I saw a great thing done with men shirts. Cut the sleeve long enough too stitch the bottom closed to make a wine bag. And fold the cuffs and put a bow around it. Great for the holidays.

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    A lady in our guild buys lots of shirts and has the best use for the sleeves. She stitches the whole sleeve, cuff and all, to the top of the quilt back to make the "sleeve" for hanging the quilt. A wide quilt might need 2 sleeves. Works just fine as long as the top edge is straight and she gets many chuckles when people discover her "sleeve".

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