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Recycled men shirt quilt: where to find cheap shirt?

Old 01-22-2015, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by mhollifiel View Post
One more thing! Have you seen Bonnie Hunter's deboning shirt video? She can completely disassemble a man's shirt in about 7 minutes! That will help save you lots of time. Here's the link:
Hope this helps those of you who are in the amazing "recycle cotton shirts for quilts group" who haven't seen it. Also consider that there are other clothing items that are all cotton, the right weight, and suitable for quilts. I have recently lost 130 pounds (bariatric surgery) and bought thrift store clothing as I rapidly descended in weight. I chose pieces that I could recycle into quilts wherever possible. And I have some nice textures from light weight cotton pants that will give an extra sensory touch to these quilts. I do a lot of tops for Project Linus and comfort quilts for the wheelchair bound. Reginalovesfabric is spot on about leaving the pockets, labels and buttons on as it does make the quilt more fun and more sensory. I always try to make my quilts as touchy feely as I can because often recipients are stuck in bed, in wheelchairs, or are visually impaired.
What a great thread!!
Wonderful link, thanks! I was thinking to do something like this (cutting seams instead of ripping) but I was afraid to waste too many fabric.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:52 PM
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Another tip if you are able to get $1.00 or $5.00 bags at thrift stores or yard sales is to roll your shirts before putting them in the bag. You can fit way more items in the bag if you do it this way. The cheep est way is to ask everyone you know for their throw away shirts & dresses.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:19 PM
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I would say keep checking in all types of thrift stores... I found many shirts for $3-$4, some for $5, but most for less than that. Also... garage sales are usually very good ... check labels, if you're interested in 100% cotton. Good luck!!
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:30 AM
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Garage sales, and if you're on FB, make request to family members....
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