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Creative stash
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Date: 9/24/12 10:26 AM

I just wore out a pair of jeans, but instead of throwing them in the rag pile, I tossed them in the STASH pile.

Jeans are great for resewing. I made a super backpack for my niece
- positioned the fly right in the front as a zipper pocket. It really looks hysterical.
- positioned one of the patch pockets to hold her transit card.

I also save worn out terrycloth towels: I use them as quilt batting or layer them to make washable pot holder mitts.

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Date: 9/24/12 12:49 PM

Denim is great for the stash--good idea, focusing on the zipper! I love using "leftover" sheets for my test garment/wearable muslin--some sheets that are a good color and comfortable feel(hand) are nearly wrinkle free, and very breathable as well. Actually, I have even bought queen or king sets on purpose if they feel and look great, and the price is right.

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Date: 9/24/12 1:36 PM

I'm unable to discard strap sections and strap buckles. Remember Rosie Odonell in Exit to Eden? I'm sure I have enough in the strap and buckle stash to make an outfit. Maybe it is time to donate that stash :roll-eyes:

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Date: 9/24/12 2:02 PM

Sister 7, Straps and buckles: yes, yes! Also snap hooks. On some worn-out canvas attaches, you can rescue 4!

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Date: 9/24/12 7:53 PM

Those things are expensive if you buy them in the store--especially the tough, heavy plastic catches.

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Date: 9/25/12 6:08 AM

I had a bag of old clothes I was going to take to Goodwill, but one day needed some black fabric for an applique. (I just got an embroidery machine less than a year ago and have been having a blast!). I went through the bag, found an old pair of scrub pants and cut them into small pieces for my fabric stash. Then I realized I had quite a bit of "nice applique" fabric in that I was ready to toss.... so I dragged it up to my sewing area and am using it as a resource bag :)

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Date: 9/28/12 10:55 AM

Proceed cautiously, my friends. True, some things can be recycled into something else, but danger lurks that we all become pack rats. There comes a time when the worn-out, tattered, frayed sheets and towels and clothes need to be tossed into the gargabe or sent to rag pasture.

Since we've had to sort through the belongings of my MIL who was very much of the "I-can-probably-still-use-this-for-something" persuasion, I am more inclined to throw things out.

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Date: 9/29/12 11:34 AM

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Proceed cautiously, my friends. True, some things can be recycled into something else, but danger lurks that we all become pack rats. There comes a time when the worn-out, tattered, frayed sheets and towels and clothes need to be tossed into the gargabe or sent to rag pasture.

Too late! Having grown up in a house with a mother who saved nothing, I was a born packrat. Seriously, I used to joke with her that I was surprised she saved my baby pictures... At Christmas time, there was never a box to be found to wrap presents in, and forget about bringing stuff from home to make things like dioramas for school...

And now dabbling in mixed media art, everything is fair game. I do draw the line at saving dryer lint...

My entire stash of old sheets actually gets used on those one or two nights a year we get a frost. I really only save clothes that either are special fabric (silks and DH old wool dress pants) and heavy denims and twills that have large areas of useful fabric in them. And lace. And anything that's a particularly interesting color. And...

Ok at least I can say that old T-shirts get cut up and DH uses them as gun cleaning swatches...

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Date: 9/29/12 1:17 PM

Waaay back in the dark ages, we kept scraps and such for patching.

In the sixties, seventies and eighties my stash was just one copier paper box; bought fabric only as needed.

Jean pockets seem to be the weakest link for my husband and tossed jeans are good for reinforcing those areas.

A few years ago I had enough old jeans in the stash that I made a rag quilt with each block machine embroidered with "manly" themes. It is a small, but heavy quiltlet, ie no batting or backing.




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Date: 9/29/12 1:17 PM

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-- Edited on 9/29/12 1:19 PM --

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