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Old 12-02-2017, 07:27 PM
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I picked up a few used mens' shirts today to cut up for a quilt...kind of an experiment. They are all 100% cotton, but a couple of them are "rustley"; they make noise when rubbed together. I am wondering if this is just due to the smooth finish of the cotton? Any way to keep it from happening? I wonder if when they are cut up and pieced with pieces that don't rustle, if I won't notice it as bad. It's kind of annoying. You couldn't sneak up on a person while wearing one of them.
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:51 PM
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I've never heard of 100% cotton being rustley. But if it makes noise when rubbed together, I would not include that fabric in my quilt
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:56 PM
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Have you washed them? They might just have starch or something in them. Maybe wash them with fabric softener.
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:45 AM
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My first thought would be to launder them using detergent, some vinegar and fabric softener ( liquid- not bounce sheets). If that doesn’t take care of the problem I would not use them.
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As long as they are cotton I would use them if i liked them. In the quilt the pieces will not be rubbing against each other so I doubt it will be an issue at all.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:31 AM
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I repurpose 100% cotton shirts all the time and I know the issue you are describing. I find that this finish makes it easier to work with and, has a stabilizing effect giving me better accuracy with less effort.
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If you aren’t sure if some of the shirts are all cotton, I’d stabilize those in particular. I recently made a t shirt quilt with cotton blocks in the corners. I stabilitised the t shirts but not the corners. It came out great. I used Pellon shapeflex SF 101. It’s a fusible woven stabilizer. I like and use it a lot. You can get it almost anywhere. Walmart Joanns and amazon.
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Shirt quilts are the best! Enjoy...
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The first quilt I ever made was without any instructions at all. I knew nothing except I had seen a You Tube on QAYG with the sashing between blocks. I had a box of scraps given to me that I wanted to use up. That quilt has every kind of fabric; cotton, jersey, lots of polyester, and that bumpy fabric. Of course it is a scrap quilt made without a pattern. It is on my bed now, and I see no problem with it at all.
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Check the labels for country of origin. Some countries are not honest about labels. If laundering doesn't solve the problem try a burn test.
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