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Thread: REpurposing fabrics!

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    Do you repurpose fabrics from clothing?
    There has been a lot of discussion lately about the cost of fabric going up while the quality is going down.

    Here are some of the things I use fabrics from the local thrift stores for. I often only pay $.23 per item.

    I buy the man's all cotton shirts for quilts, woman's usually have spandex and too many darts to be of any real value. Out of the man's 3x long sleeve shirt you get over 1 yard of usable fabric. The cuffs, collar, pockets and yoke get donated to Girl scouts for crafting.

    Here is my #1 tip on buying shirts, if it has NO label, so not buy it, no matter how good you are at knowing fabric, feeling it alone is no guarantee that it is cotton.

    My #2 tip is this, the lighter the color, the more polyester it will have! Fact of life, lighter is harder to keep to clean so it has to be more durable..hence polyester. I only buy 100% cotton for quilting, but if it is really a neat print I might use it for a craft item!

    I buy the wool slacks and skirts to cut into strips that are used to make woven/braided rugs, wool blazers get felted and cut into sizes to make craft items to sell, wool blankets make batting.

    When the items have cool buttons they get sold and or collected, the everyday buttons get donated back to the thrift store as they also have a shelter and use the buttons when they to replace some on clothing given away.

    I buy silks that get cut up and then I save some for myself, swap some, and the rest are sold in scrap bags at crazy quilt shows!

    Denim skirts and jumpers are being used to make garden planting pots, jeans get made into shopping bags.

    They all have a RE-purpose!

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    :-)

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    :thumbup: Love to re-purpose!

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    you are good

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    I have jeans that I cut out and stashed away somewhere because I planned on making another denim quilt. At some point I'd like to get some kimono remnants and refashion them into some sort of quilt.

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    You are doing such a good thing! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Smart lady !!!

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    I should have taken pics of my DGD yesterday. We were re purposing Papa's work pants (Dockers) I cut them into strips and sew them together to make woven rugs.
    I use his socks too. I cut them into loops and loop them together to make rugs, his jeans too. My SIL is 6'8" and his jeans are great for making rugs.
    I'm saving his work shirts to make quilts for my grandchildren someday.

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    Wonderful!

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    I love going to thrift stores just for the purpose of finding dress shirts to use for repurposing. I can get very nice 100% cotton shirts for $1 each and some times some really great prints!

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