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Thread: What do you do with outdated fabric?

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    Okay, so I have some fabric that's old. Nothing wrong with it, just outdated, not bright and cheery colors like the fab of today.

    Any ideas of what I can do with it? Or doesn't it matter?

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    scrap quilting, pot holders

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    use it for quilt backs on wall hangings and table runners.

    you can use it for linings of totes and bags too.

    you can give it to good will and some one will come across it and be thrilled with the find.

    you can post it here for trade or sale - some people love vintage fabric and i'm sure you'll have a taker.

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    Well, you could send it to me. I'm outdated. Or hang on to it till it comes around again, about twenty years as far as I can tell.

    OR, you can make quilts from it that will stand the test of time.

    I can think of many things you could do, but want to give everyone else a chance.

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    Is fabric ever really outdated, lol. I would trade or sell it if you truly don't want it. I love bright colors of todays fabrics but I do know lots of people who love the older prints. :)

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    I have a lot of beautiful fabric from the 1980's and 90's, that is what I am cutting into charm squares.

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    The red quilt I used my moms 70's christmas fabrics she had laying around. The pattern is called jelly jive by pieced tree patterns. I call this one christmas jive. The brown quilt was left over fabric from a quilt I made 10 yrs ago.No pattern,not quilted yet. The last quilt, not quilted yet was made with some old baby fabrics.Same pattern as the first one.I call this baby jive.

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    I've seen some beautiful quilts made with the older fabrics. One of the modern lines is a Civil War Fabrics line and they're also selling 30s fabric by the ton.

    I will admit some of the fabric I bought in the 60s and 70s isn't fit to be used at the bottom of a bird cage. I don't know what I was using for taste back then.

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    lol @ redmadder!
    Babycakes, yes, they look just fine!

    Great ideas everyone, thanks!

    I was thinking too of making baby quilts for donation or lap quilts for nursing home residents. Do you think that would be acceptable?

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    Babycakes - I like those, a lot!

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    Use it in a Log cabin quilt - suddenly it'll be beautiful! Cut up even the strangest and most blahh fabric will add to the charm and personality of a Log Cabin quilt.

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    Donate it to a senior center. They will love and use it. I donated some things to the Senior Center where we used to live. They raffled off the quilts and used the money for their little field trips! :)

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    I was going to say backing, but WOW Babycakes quilts are just stunning!!!

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    Where do you look for the expiration date?? I can't seem to find it on anything in my stash. :oops:

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    What's outdated fabric? There is pretty fabric and ugly fabric, but outdated? No. I see fabric for sale here all the time that I bought 20 years ago for 2.99 selling for 6.00. I don't consider any fabric outdated. But that's me. I like old things better than new.

    If you don't want it, send it to me, it will fit right in with the rest. LOL

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    Sometimes an outdated fabric is just what someone else is looking for to finish a project.

    You could offer it for sale or trade here and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Well, you could send it to me. I'm outdated. Or hang on to it till it comes around again, about twenty years as far as I can tell.

    OR, you can make quilts from it that will stand the test of time.

    I can think of many things you could do, but want to give everyone else a chance.
    Yes!!! Send a bit to all of us!! Some older fabric can't be had for love nor money, people are always searching ebay or whatever. Use it up. Or hang on to it a bit longer, some fabrics finish up being quite valuable.

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    okay, okay, now you all are making me feel bad! ;)

    Maybe time to take a second look with all these new ideas!

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    If you wait long enough, it will be worth some money because you will be able to advertise it as 'vintage'...lol!! :mrgreen:

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    i would make a vintage quilt with it.

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    post it for sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    lol @ redmadder!
    Babycakes, yes, they look just fine!

    Great ideas everyone, thanks!

    I was thinking too of making baby quilts for donation or lap quilts for nursing home residents. Do you think that would be acceptable?
    The recipients will love them---PL is always looking for quilts for teens, esp. boys--and what about Soldiers Angels?
    they will just love what someone made for them-----and NOT worry about whether the fabric is "in fashion"!
    Make em and give em away...it is a GREAT feeling!
    If you have a veterans center near you---that is another place that can use them...

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    Mix it with modern fabrics in a scrappy quilt. You'd be surprised how easily things blend. I'm trying to visualize outdated fabric. Fabric doesn't come with puffy shoulder pads.

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    I know there are many people here who can't afford to build a stash and you could send it to one or a few of them. Just ask them to pay it forward when they can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    Okay, so I have some fabric that's old. Nothing wrong with it, just outdated, not bright and cheery colors like the fab of today.

    Any ideas of what I can do with it? Or doesn't it matter?
    Bright and cheery fabric is in now, but for how long? I think the eye needs some rest after looking at a bright quilts.

    I have a lot of the type of fabric you have. I have a hard time getting it used up, but I'm going to because I know that whatever I buy to replace it will cost at least double what I have in it.

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