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DorkyChic

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Date: 2/15/06 9:50 PM

Right now I'm working on making grocery bags from ugly T shirts (I've got too many T-shirts and too many flimsy Safeway bags stocked up, so I thought I'd make reusable ones). How about you?

Anyone know what can be made with panties you don't like so much? My mom got me ginormous panties for Christmas (they go up to my ribcage or so) and I was wondering if they could be altered or can be stripped for parts to make new things..

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Date: 2/15/06 10:22 PM

I have boxes full of old clothes that I want to re-purpose into other things. This is one of my favorite topics.

I have used fabric from old clothes to make:
- trims to put on another garment
- wall hangings
- a scarf
- applique on a tote bag
- greeting cards with mixed media art work (always *very* well received!)
- scrap fabric to practice a new technique

I have other ideas such as:
- pieced garments (using different fabrics for different pieces of a garment, e.g., sleeves)
- doll clothes
- accessories, e.g., purses, hats out of scrap fabric
- smaller garments (cut a large men's garment down to be a my-size garment) and
- textural additions to RTW garments and accessories.

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Date: 2/15/06 10:23 PM

Hm. I've never tried to make anything out of panties before. Have you seen the site that explains how to make panties from old t-shirts?

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Date: 2/15/06 10:29 PM

I have used old jeans to make one side of a rag quilt. I did nothave enough, so I asked my local Lions Thrift Shop to save ones that were no good to put out. I got a huge box of them. They were only goign to charge me $3.00 for the box. I paid $5.00.

I have made two quilts so far and have enough for at least 1.5 more twin sized quilts.

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Date: 2/15/06 11:04 PM

Hey that's an interesting idea. The fabric's basically the same (cotton knit jersey) so I can't see how that wouldn't work.

Thanks for the link!!

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Date: 2/15/06 11:06 PM

How heavy do the quilts turn out? I have wanted to do denim quilts too, but was worried that my machine couldn't handle it and that the quilts would be too heavy. Also, how do you determine the size of your squares?

Great idea asking the thrift store for its unsellables!

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Date: 2/15/06 11:14 PM

The quilts are heavy with demin on one side. But it is fun to place the pockets and seams.

I used 8 inch squares with flannel on one side. I do not use batting. I did not have any problem with my sewing machine (Kenmore). You are only sewing through 4 layers at a time. You sew the squares into strips, then sew the strips together.

Clipping the seam allowances takes time. You will want to have very sharp scissors and more than one pair. Your hands will be tired by the end. I snipped over several evenings.

When you wash the quilt you need to scoop out the lint many times. I used a sieve. Also my old washer had a lint trap and I cleaned it out too. I would put the quilts through 2-3 cycles before drying.

You can also use old flannel shirts for one side. I used new flannel and I wanted a specific colour combination.

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Date: 2/15/06 11:27 PM

Quote: G_l_e_n_d_a
- greeting cards with mixed media art work (always *very* well received!)

Do you have any pics of these greeting cards? I wanna see!
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Date: 2/24/06 3:10 PM

I use old bath towels to make oven mitts--quilt two thicknesses together. You can make potholders out of old jeans, too.

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Date: 2/24/06 5:53 PM

I cut up old twill pants into nice-sized garage rags. I've also cut off elastic waistbands to use for tying bundles of whatever. Kind of like a low-tech bungee cord.

For the panties, you could just sew up the legs and attach them to a hanger and use them for a delicates laundry bag, or for a clothespin bag.

THE absolutely weirdest thing I've done (which is great, I think) is remove the very nice, very stretchy, very comfy sewn-on elastic from very high-end pantyhose (like Donna Karan) and reuse it for clothing. I started doing this when I was losing a lot of weight, and wanted to wear some way-too-big pants for gardening without having them fall off. I just stretched the waistband to fit the garment band, and it would pull it in much more than any other method. I also used it on some very drapey summer skirts that I still wanted to wear, where fullness would not be a problem.

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