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Thread: Thrift shop material find???

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    Junior Member Joselake's Avatar
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    I was at my local thrift shop and they had a bundle of misc fabric. Some was cotton but alot of it was upholstering fabric and jersey and other stretchie material. What I want to know, would you spend $5 for a bunch of material just to get a little cotton, and could you make a quilt with all that stretchie material?

    Roz
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    I probably would spend the $5 if I thought that there was at least a yard of cotton I could use. I probably would not use the stretchy stuff to quilt with, but you can make tote bags out of the upholstery fabric.

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    If I liked the cotton fabric I would, then pass the other fabrics on.

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    whip it up into pet blankets for the animal shelter? Donate it to someone who does Linus?

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    $5.00 sounds like a good price but you have to decide how much of it you'd actually use. The upholstery fabric would probably make nice bags. I wouldn't use the stretchy fabric for quilts - personal opinion. How much cotton is there vs unusable fabric?

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    I go by how much of the fabric is usable for my purposes and by how much it would cost to buy a comparable amount "new"

    and by how well I like the fabric.

    I've gotten more selective - - -

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    I made a rag quilt out of upholstery fabric once. I love it. Too bad the ex decided he loved it more.

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    I've heard some talk about using T-shirt materials for quilts. I think they iron on a backing (maybe pellon) So it does not stretch when sewing... I think it would be a nice quilt. Especially if you have T-shirts with decals you like on them and put it all together. With the pellon I would assume one could use reg: cotton on back. sounds fun... Ask one of the moderators... I know Debbie mentioned doing a quilt with T-shirt materials once. have fun... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    I made a rag quilt out of upholstery fabric once. I love it. Too bad the ex decided he loved it more.
    smiling to self :)

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    I would. I too make purses out of the upholstery fabric. When Hancocks has their sale on upholstery, you can bet I make an effort to get there.

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - if the cotton is worth $5 to you, it's a deal. If it's something you'd never use, pass on it. Sometimes they will separate the bundles too, especially if it's a store where you shop/donate a lot.

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    The upholstery fabric would probably make nice bags.
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    Remember the Victorian "Carpet Bags"? They lasted forever, and if you make any, be sure you like the pattern. It'll be around for a long time.

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    hey Roz, if you are ever near mount clemens, MI try the community thrift store on gratiot south of downtown mt clemens, they have a 40' long rack of bed sheets and other misc material on top of the rack

    Kim
    Chesterfield, MI

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