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Thread: I finally stumbled onto a great fabric find! I think....LOL

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    I finally stumbled onto a great fabric find! I think....LOL

    My daughter and friend were talking about me making quilts, and the friend offered to give me a whole bunch of fabric. My daughter, who isn't a sewer at all and couldn't tell you what is quilting cottons, corduroy or fleece, said "sure". I picked it up yesterday and there are 3 boxes and 1 huge garbage bag of fabrics. Lots of yardage, a couple of bolts, and smaller pieces, and a wide variety of fabrics - crushed velvet to stretch terry, denim, dressy pants fabric, and about 10 yards of a beautiful navy/cream flowery print that I think has rayon in it. It will take me days to get it all sorted and then washed. What am I going to do with all that fabric that really isn't suitable for a quilt? Some of it still has tags and receipts dating back to 1994! I know rayon will shrink if washed/dried.....is it quiltable? I just can't toss it out.....well maybe the fake fur.....LOL. I can see lots of utility quilts and donation quilts in my future!

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    The courduroys, stretch denim, etc. would make good squares for the back of a square rag quilt! Some of those fabrics sound like great candidates to use in applique projects. Courduroy for a roof or in a wool applique project....crushed velvet is great in Baltimore albums.....think outside the box (pardon the pun).....LOL
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    Host a swap party! AS they say one persons unwanted can become one persons must have fabric. We used t do this with family, once a year we would bring our "stuff" and swap it was great fun. Anything left at the end went to Goodwill.
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    The rayons can be pressed and used in items that won't be washed (often) like totes/bags/table runners.
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    You can use the fake fur to make teddy bears.

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    Some those fabrics could be used in a Crazy Quilt. My hubby's grandma never wasted any fabric, so used whatever was a available.

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    I say if it cuts you can make anything with it. Might be a little harder than 100% cotton or maybe not try it. Good Luck.
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    Rayon really frays but I've wondered if it would make good chenille quilts? One of my new quilt magazine had the mock cathedral window done with denim and 4 patches.

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    They would make great crazy quilts or texture quilts for autistic children.
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    There are people that make stuffed animals, the fur can be used for that. Or depending on the color, I think it bight be cute to make a monster quilt and have patches of fur on it. Alot of the other types of fabric can be used to make purses and other items that aren't washed. If you aren't going to use it, give it away. A friend of mine gave me a few scraps of her fake fur and a pattern to make a mouse. She used to make cat toys years ago.
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    Donate the fabric locally to someone who can use it. You received it as a gift, so gift it to someone else. Freecycle is a great place to pass on items. If I kept all the fabric people gave me to "quilt" with, my house would be overflowing. I simply don't keep anything not 100% cotton.

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    hey dont count out the fake fur some people still make homemade teddy bears i found some fake fur and some type of sheepskin in my moms things and theyre good for making bears. crazy quilt with the more delacate stuff thats not real washable it can be framed after finishing and the textured stuff is good for alzheimer patients wheel chair quilts they like to feel things. hmmm did i miss anything ??? lol
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    Doll clothes and purses.

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    chenille scarves could be made with the rayon. I haven't made one yet, but I have a friend that has and they have a nice drape for a scarf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Rayon really frays but I've wondered if it would make good chenille quilts? One of my new quilt magazine had the mock cathedral window done with denim and 4 patches.
    I was just going to say that, but probably would not want to wash first, unless it is smelly or dirty.

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    The rayons can be used for quilted jackets and coats, if there's enough.

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    The police and social workers will gladly take clean teddy bears. When they take a child into custody they like to give them something of their own to hold. They go through a lot of teddy bears around here.

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    Inappropriate Fabrics

    We get 1 or 2 bags donated by a local thrift store every week. The fabric we can't use, we donate to the American Legion. They use it to make pillows, dolls, stuffed animals, etc., that they then sell at the VA hospital as fundraisers. Some of the items they make go directly to the Vets in the hospital.

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    If rayon is pre-washed before it is made into anything the project won't shrink. I used to make cloths for my girls all the time. I washed the rayon in warm and dried in the dryer before cutting out then once it was made up it could be machine washed and dried. Clothes of rayon bought in the store are not pre washed before being made up, so they have to be dry cleaned. Raayon can have up to 10% shrinkage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb View Post
    If rayon is pre-washed before it is made into anything the project won't shrink. I used to make cloths for my girls all the time. I washed the rayon in warm and dried in the dryer before cutting out then once it was made up it could be machine washed and dried. Clothes of rayon bought in the store are not pre washed before being made up, so they have to be dry cleaned. Raayon can have up to 10% shrinkage.
    I'm one of those people who never prewashes her quilting cotton but I do prewash my rayon beofre sewing clothing. I probably learned this trick here on the board. With rayon, I sew a quick hem on the raw edges so they won't make a frayed mess in the washer or dryer. Then I fold the yardage in big 8 to 12 inch accordian folds and put a large safety pin in the selvage on one side. When I pull it out of the dryer, it's somewhat wrinly around the safety pin but otherwise ready to fold and store or cut and use instead of being in a 5 yard long twisted rayon rope mess. Also, last summer when I made some rayon batik tops, I starched the fabric before cutting it. The starch made it less slippery to work with and kept it from fraying quite as much as I handled it and washed out afterwards so it was still soft to wear. I love the feel of rayon for tops, dresses, and pus even if it does require a little more attention when sewing the seams. I've been toying with the idea of making a quilted (not pieced) rayon shawl.
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    I forgot to say that sometimes I wash and dry it several times to pre shrink it as much as possible before cutting and sewing it into clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine27 View Post
    I forgot to say that sometimes I wash and dry it several times to pre shrink it as much as possible before cutting and sewing it into clothes.
    Good point Christine,
    also remember that the Rayon will not shrink evenly. One sleeve or leg could shrink up more than the other and more than once. I used to work for a dry cleaner and people used to bring in clothing that they washed accidentally and wanted us to "fix" them.... Uh, it really doesn't work that way..
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    Put away the quilts for awhile and stitch up a new wardrobe for you and DD and others!

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    The fake fur makes great applique animals for a kids quilt.

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    My Grandmother quilted with all kinds of fabrics - including rayons. The old crazy quilts were odd-shaped pieces of all kinds of fabrics left over from making clothes. The same quilt would have wool, velvet, cotton, linen - whatever was available. Be creative - use all those fabulous fabrics.
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