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Date: 2/17/12 6:01 PM

Hello!
I'm new here on PR, so please let me know if I should move this post elsewhere.

Before my daughter was born I made a ton of cloth diapers, but we never used them. Now I have a ton of fabric used for making cloth diapers that I'm trying to use up.

Does anyone have suggestions for what to do with birdseye fabric? It's a 100% cotton pique, I believe. It's sort of stretchy w/ the look of muslin, except it's got a diamond shaped weave to it. It's a popular fabric for cloth diapers, but since I no longer need cloth diapers, I'd like to find some other use for it.

I'd like to use if for a lining for a cotton dress for my daughter, but I'm thinking it might be too heavy.

If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
Thanks!
Carrie

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Date: 2/17/12 7:16 PM

Household cleaning cloths.
Cleaning size can be kept in the car to dry rain or snow splatters.
Face cloths that are easy to manage; many of the terry cloths are too thick.
Produce bags; or, just a flat cloth to wrap produce in.

Should sew up into wonderful sleeveless summer shirts.
Night dress.

Google 'gauze dresses' and you'll be in for a surprise.

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Date: 2/17/12 8:34 PM

Believe it or not, I used it to make a beautiful textured bodice for the Renaissance fair!

I think you could really use it for a lot of applications. It's not a tightly woven fabric, but it takes lining/underlining/interfacing well. The biggest challenge, I think, is the width. The stuff I had was *very* narrow--I want to say it was only around 24" wide, but it might have been closer to 36". Anyway, that can make pattern layout tricky, particularly adult garments.

The suggestion for a sundress is a good one! It's white, but it's *VERY* washable!

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Date: 2/17/12 8:55 PM

Like stirwatersblue, I use it for a very specialized application: shirt front and cuffs for ballroom dance shirts. But it is a very versatile fabric and would be wonderful just as dish towels or as a summer dress.

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Date: 2/18/12 10:57 PM

Thanks to all! I hadn't even thought of using it for cleaning cloths, but we can always use those. I like the idea of a summer dress too.

Thanks again!
-Carrie

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