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Thread: Do you ever look at your clothes and think 'FABRIC', as in stash enhancing?

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    I was looking at some of my clothes the other day thinking I need to get the scissors after them!

    Those Dr. Seuss flannel pj's that I don't wear, for example........

    :?

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    I have done it!! I even bought a few really big mens shirts at a thrift store and took them apart to use.I say if you don't wear it and you can use it in your quilting...go for it!!

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    All the time. Well, usually it's "I have fabric that matches that"

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    I used to think I would use some of my husband's old cowboy shirts in a quilt, but now I am glad I got rid of them because I don't want him finding them again and thinking he could still get some life out of them!

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    I have put clothes that I no longer wear in my stash and I've purchased clothes from thrift stores because I liked the fabric. Our thrift store sell a brown grocery bag of clothes for $3, that can be a lot of fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    I have done it!! I even bought a few really big mens shirts at a thrift store and took them apart to use.I say if you don't wear it and you can use it in your quilting...go for it!!

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    I too look at mens shirts.

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    My sister passed away in July, and today I was clearing out her closet. I was thinking fabric and buttons with each piece I bagged for the Salvation Army. The only thing that kept me from getting my scissors out was that most still had tags on them. :(

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    Actually I just made a quilt out of old jeans. My dad requested a quilt made out of old jeans so I did it for him. I mixed the denim with bright batiks. It turned out pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    Actually I just made a quilt out of old jeans. My dad requested a quilt made out of old jeans so I did it for him. I mixed the denim with bright batiks. It turned out pretty cool.

    That sounds really cool! Can you post a pic? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter
    My sister passed away in July, and today I was clearing out her closet. I was thinking fabric and buttons with each piece I bagged for the Salvation Army. The only thing that kept me from getting my scissors out was that most still had tags on them. :(
    I'm so very sorry for your loss :-( Cleaning out the closet must have been a difficult job.

    Today I was at the dentist and the hygienist was wearing a shirt (you know the kind of shirt that nurses wear now-a-days with all of the cute "I Spy" patterns) and when I saw it I immediately thought "Wow! I love that fabric for my "I Spy quilts!!" :-D

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    I do it all the time, after all it's the true pioneer way
    of doing it and women of long lost yesterday had no money are means to go out and buy new fabric, they used what
    fabric they could buy to make there cloths and then once the cloths had served there purpose they cut them up for quilts, so I do this as well, as I figure some of there quilts are still around then maybe mine will be some day as well :}

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    Actually I just made a quilt out of old jeans. My dad requested a quilt made out of old jeans so I did it for him. I mixed the denim with bright batiks. It turned out pretty cool.
    Where's the pictures? We like pictures!! :-P

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    not my clothes (i like them too much) but DH always has to watch out.

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    My DH went shopping the other day for new shirts for himself. He came home and while trying to hide the bags he said, "nothing" meaning that he didn't buy anything. I went over to the bag, looked in and said, "FABRIC!" He said, "NO, shirts!"
    O.k. I really didn't want to use that one for a quilt, so he is safe --- this time.

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    I see potential in so many things.. that tablecloth from Aunt Betsy, oh that shirt that looks hideous on the rack wouldnt that make a great... and thrift stores? OMG the greatest place to sneak some cool fabric finds in that NO one will be having in their projects so you know yours will be unique. Love that. I think we arent supposed to be telling everyone. At least the odd unite here!

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    i do that too, or look at tile/linolium and think quilt block?
    yup, been there done that ALOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    http://quiltville.com/index.html

    Bonnie Hunter has written a great book, now another coming out, and has a whole method for cutting up and repurposing jeans, flannel shirt, pj's, whatever! She pretty much ONLY used stuff like this! Take at look at some of her quilts~beautiful! gorgeous!
    and it is the way it was originally done and costs almost no money!

    I took some of my husband's old blue jeans and made a quilt for his grandson. I used an old world map in blues for the back. In the center I kept one of the Levi's pockets w/the tab. His grandson would put things in the pocket and loved it.
    Sandra

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    This is a good topic. A fellow co-worker had this dress that I just loved the color combination. I always told her if she was going to get rid of the dress to please give it to me, I would like to make a quilt with that color combination.

    Well last year she was cleaning out her closet and she brought the dress to me. She is a senior lady who no longer works here, since b-4 christmas she was let go like I am about to be, anyway I plan to make her a lap quilt out of the colors.

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    I've been doing that to try to start a stash ... using my father's old flannel shirts and collecting old blue jeans from people at work to make a "raggy" jeans/flannel quilt.

    I also see patterns everywhere. I know a guy at work thinks I'm nuts because I was taking a picture of the floor of the elevator when the door opened and he was standing there. I told him ... I'm going to do the pattern into a quilt ... his look didn't change, just a strange sort of smile/stare that I know means he thinks I'm a little 'off' LOL

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    I also see patterns everywhere.

    Sharon, I was wondering if anyone else sees things differently as I do. Glad to know I'm not alone

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    I cut up a pair of DH's lounge pants once, they were just the right shade of blue that i was looking for. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToucanSam
    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    Actually I just made a quilt out of old jeans. My dad requested a quilt made out of old jeans so I did it for him. I mixed the denim with bright batiks. It turned out pretty cool.

    That sounds really cool! Can you post a pic? :)
    I will...I have to get some pictures of it when I visit my dad at the end of this month. Can you believe I forgot to take pictures! I was so frustrated with the thing by the end I totally forgot.

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    I have. Use the buttons too.

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    As for using your husband's old shirts, that reminds me of some of
    my own, late husband's favorite Hawaiian shirts. Brilliant and, truthfully,
    too loud to wear anywhere except when visiting Hawaii.

    After he died and I was cleaning out his closet, I made a baby quilt for
    a great grandchild with them. Bright, cheerful and usable for many years.
    Just the thing for the child to be told he had a nice Grandpa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    As for using your husband's old shirts, that reminds me of some of
    my own, late husband's favorite Hawaiian shirts. Brilliant and, truthfully,
    too loud to wear anywhere except when visiting Hawaii.

    After he died and I was cleaning out his closet, I made a baby quilt for
    a great grandchild with them. Bright, cheerful and usable for many years.
    Just the thing for the child to be told he had a nice Grandpa.
    I save my husband's aloha shirts after quickly taking them apart before he fishes them back out of the rag bag. Lisa Boyer has some great patterns using Hawaiian fabric.

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