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Thread: What to do with old fabric.

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    Senior Member Gilla's Avatar
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    Once upon a time I did a lot of sewing, blouses, dresses, shirts, etc. I have a whole chest of these fabrics left - 1 1/2 to 3 yard pieces, mostly floral or some design. None are cotton. Most young women no longer wear these kinds of fabrics. Some of these fabrics are also stretchy which would not make them ideal for quilting.
    Someone have a suggestion? These are good quality fabrics, but what do I do with them? I used to make all of my clothes, but now I am too old for that.

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    Barbie or baby doll clothes?
    Outfits for pampered pooches?
    Kitty beds?
    Those plastic store bag holders people on here have made?
    Outifts for those cement geese people have?
    Cool pin cushions?
    Exercise or chemo head bands/head coverings?
    And remember probably most of the material, if older, is now 'cool' again, or soon will be! :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MollieSue
    Barbie or baby doll clothes?
    Outfits for pampered pooches?
    Kitty beds?
    Those plastic store bag holders people on here have made?
    Outifts for those cement geese people have?
    Cool pin cushions?
    Exercise or chemo head bands/head coverings?
    And remember probably most of the material, if older, is now 'cool' again, or soon will be! :) :)
    great ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MollieSue
    Barbie or baby doll clothes?
    Outfits for pampered pooches?
    Kitty beds?
    Those plastic store bag holders people on here have made?
    Outifts for those cement geese people have?
    Cool pin cushions?
    Exercise or chemo head bands/head coverings?
    And remember probably most of the material, if older, is now 'cool' again, or soon will be! :) :)
    I am amazed at all your ideas. All of them great I might add.

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    See if a local church or rest home would like your stash.

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    You don't say what types of fabric they are, only that they are not cotton. Many kinds of fabric besides cotton are used in "non-traditional" quilts...art quilts, crazy quilts, mixed media quilts, etc. Polyester blends, not so much, but velvets, silks, rayons, organzas, sheers, linens, lots of others, all are used for different types of quilts that you may not have considered.

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    cloth shopping bags
    tote bags
    buy/sell/trade here on the board
    strips for 'rope' rugs
    drawstring bags for fabric :roll:
    donate to charity shops (i.e. st.vincent de paul)

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    mentor a new sewer/quilter

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    Do you live near a big city? I have seen "vintage" fabric for sale in antique shops :D:D:D

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    Most of the fabric is polyester, but some pieces I can't figure out. They are floral and soft. I even have some T shirt fabric. I can look into the chest, but I have not been able to dig it out of the closet and I need to as I need the room. I could put some photos up.

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    Donate to your local high school. The theatre and art departments might love it.

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    t-shirt material is grat to make heat pacs out of sew a seem on three sides put in 2-4 pounds of rice they are great moist heat after they have been put on the microwave i for got to mention after putting in the rice sew up the end they are really good for arthritus or soar muscles i have one for my neck when i am sewing good luck using up the old fabric

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    See if you can find some organization that will ship it to Haiti.

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