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Thread: Need ideas on what to do with gifted fabrics?

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    Junior Member merridancer's Avatar
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    We use decorator fabrics in my chapter of Binky Patrol to make quilts for foster care and the homeless. I take everything I receive and throw it in the washing machine. If it survives, we use it !!!!

    We also use upholstry fabics to make backpacks for foster care.

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    Super Member isnthatodd's Avatar
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    You might want to take larger or heavier pieces to a laundromat and use one of the big machines. Could save wear and tear on yours at home. Also, their dryers are bigger.

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    senior centers and convalescent homes are very happy to receive 'walker-bags' also small tote bags
    the walker bags are easy to make...and the home-dec fabrics would work well for them!

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    Member shirlm's Avatar
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    You Guys are the greatest! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and info. My plan is to do a little of all of your suggestions. It's good to know there is a need for the walker bags and tote bags also. I'm going to do some test washing as suggested. I won't feel so bad if they don't wash well because of the pet bed idea. Just curious, what do you stuff the pet beds with?

    Oh, one other thing. Many of the fabrics were rolled and secured with masking tape which has been there for a while and the tape left some sticky residue. Any suggestions on how to remove it?

    Thanks again and best wishes to all for a wonderful Christmas!

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    Super Member janRN's Avatar
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    Shirley, I usually stuff donated pet beds with old beach towels, old blankets, or left over batting. Our Humane Society likes them to be flat-not "fluffy" like my dog likes. They don't mind the size.
    Not sure about removing tape residue-how about Goo-Gone? Try it in an inconspicuous place maybe.

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