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Posted on: 7/15/08 8:22 PM
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If Quilting is not a sport you practise;

If you are a disciplined sewer fond of perfect fitting, then you probably make muslins before cutting the real fabric;

If you sew over 5-10 garments per year...

Then you must end-up with a great deal of unused waste and muslin you do not know what to do with.

I recently got in touch with a children's hospital who is always in search of do-it-yourself (is it the right English word for bricolage ??) material or sources of creation or inspiration if you prefer. They have art classes where kids use all sort of material (paper, fabric, felt, etc). They make gorgeous collage, puppets, or little stuffed animal.

I also bring them the muslins I make with special crayons that write on fabric. I do not forget to add funny coloured zippers or buttons to have functional closers. Zip - here is costume for a kid who did not ask to be sick. They love to draw on those white muslin.

I can tell you that beside being green, this tip makes kids happy.

If you do not have a children's hospital near by, well a local public school in an economically challenged area will also be happy to have those "left overs".

No waste ! ;-)

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Ronda Rae said... (7/20/08 5:20 PM) Reply
Great idea. Don't forget preschools and daycare centers. They are great to practice cutting with, too.
BARBEQUE said... (7/17/08 5:32 PM) Reply
Thank you for the tip! What a fantastic idea!
said... (7/16/08 7:33 PM) Reply
This is a wonderful idea!
martinanne said... (7/16/08 4:18 PM) Reply
That's a wonderful idea for the leftover muslins!
RobinMCPA said... (7/16/08 10:16 AM) Reply
This is a great idea!! A local quilt shop takes the 100% cotton leftovers as donations for quilts given to various charities, but maybe the elementary school would want some of my other non-100%-cotton scraps.
appleton78 said... (7/16/08 9:03 AM) Reply
Extremely thoughtful, creative, and by all means Green! My Grandmother would have said..."Waste Not Want Not" Excellent tip! THANKS!
SusiM said... (7/16/08 1:13 AM) Reply
Great idea! I'm always looking for a good home for the leftover fabrics. They usually end up in an elementary school or Sunday school.
ryansmumAria said... (7/15/08 9:31 PM) Reply
You are so tender hearted and an inspiration. Thank you. The world is a much better place because of you...
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