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Thread: What do you do with outdated fabric?

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    Senior Member Butterfli19's Avatar
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    Okay, so I have some fabric that's old. Nothing wrong with it, just outdated, not bright and cheery colors like the fab of today.

    Any ideas of what I can do with it? Or doesn't it matter?

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    scrap quilting, pot holders

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    use it for quilt backs on wall hangings and table runners.

    you can use it for linings of totes and bags too.

    you can give it to good will and some one will come across it and be thrilled with the find.

    you can post it here for trade or sale - some people love vintage fabric and i'm sure you'll have a taker.

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    Well, you could send it to me. I'm outdated. Or hang on to it till it comes around again, about twenty years as far as I can tell.

    OR, you can make quilts from it that will stand the test of time.

    I can think of many things you could do, but want to give everyone else a chance.

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    Is fabric ever really outdated, lol. I would trade or sell it if you truly don't want it. I love bright colors of todays fabrics but I do know lots of people who love the older prints. :)

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    I have a lot of beautiful fabric from the 1980's and 90's, that is what I am cutting into charm squares.

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    The red quilt I used my moms 70's christmas fabrics she had laying around. The pattern is called jelly jive by pieced tree patterns. I call this one christmas jive. The brown quilt was left over fabric from a quilt I made 10 yrs ago.No pattern,not quilted yet. The last quilt, not quilted yet was made with some old baby fabrics.Same pattern as the first one.I call this baby jive.

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    I've seen some beautiful quilts made with the older fabrics. One of the modern lines is a Civil War Fabrics line and they're also selling 30s fabric by the ton.

    I will admit some of the fabric I bought in the 60s and 70s isn't fit to be used at the bottom of a bird cage. I don't know what I was using for taste back then.

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    lol @ redmadder!
    Babycakes, yes, they look just fine!

    Great ideas everyone, thanks!

    I was thinking too of making baby quilts for donation or lap quilts for nursing home residents. Do you think that would be acceptable?

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    Babycakes - I like those, a lot!

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