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Thread: repurposing fabrics, do you do it?

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    Senior Member Rhaorth's Avatar
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    How many folks here repurpose fabrics? (for example... cut up sheets into charms or fat quarters, or just whatever size one needs for whatever they are working on)

    I decided to give that a try as there is some things (not quilts but sewing none the less) that I want to try to make, but don't want to put out the cost for new fabric just in case I mess it up... so... I went to the thrift store with MIL (her treat) and wow, I snagged some cool stuff... will post some pictures shortly.

    Still needs to be washed and dried...
    Saw some fabric, bit thinner stuff that what I want... but it was on a bolt, but not the flat cardboard bolts, but this was like a dowel type thing, and it was at least... oh 1.5 to 2 inches of fabric thickness (if that makes sense) on these... there were three, but I passed them up as I don't know what I would use them for.
    (there was no label for me to see what they were, felt like cotton but a much looser weave than what I am used to, plus when holding my hand behind the fabric I could see my hand... so sorta thin. (each bolt would have been $10, there were 3) sooo tempted but could not justify it.

    Anywho... who else shops at goodwill/thrift stores for fabric (be it sheets, scraps etc)

    oh I went to the job interview at the fabric store, they will be making a decision sometime next week, and will let me know either way, if I get the job, or not. (the position is for sales, for the machines, cabinets etc, and if I get the job, I will be trained on how to use all the machines they carry I am sooooo hoping I get the job)

    Gonna go take those pics now.

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    Yep, I'm working on a series of throws made from recycled shirts. They are coming out well.

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    I've done it. I do buy sheet sets on clearance from Target or places I see them too. I've been known to buy cotton table-cloths after holidays and use them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Yep, I'm working on a series of throws made from recycled shirts. They are coming out well.
    cool... ok I am supposed to be taking pics LOL

    *scampers off to take the pics*

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    I buy sheets for backing mostly but if they are in good shape I cut them up also. Just got a king set of new sheets and was going to cut them up but altered to fit my bed instead!

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    Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose......why not?????

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    Great deal - and good luck on getting the job!

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    thanks for reply all (and ty for the good luck wishes)

    ok got some pics, it is a few I will post them as quickly as I can :)

    (total spent... $8) (all pictures added)

    doll panel
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    double size flat sheet
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    flannel baby blanket
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    not sure what this is... feels like cotton... 12 foot by 47 inches
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    pillow I will take apart for the fabric
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    pillow panels
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    pillowcase front
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    pillowcase back
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    pink fleece king size flat sheet
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    teddy panel
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    green king size flat sheet
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    pice of scrap (looks like width of fabric and about 9 inches maybe more)
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    i do for pet quilts but not for quilts that i sell.

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    I bought a woven table runner from S.Army store for 1.99. Sewed it into a tote bag, added some webbing for handles and it is great.
    Have bought many pieces of fabric from Goodwill, Savers etc. mostly to make bags/purses, but flannel sheets make good backs for comfort quilts.
    I've also started buying little girls jeans with the fancy emb. on the back pockets to turn into purses.

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