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Kaileesmommy

Kaileesmommy
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Date: 6/10/08 6:06 PM

My husband works in an unconditioned room unloading Wal-Mart trucks. He has a ton on too-stained-to-wear white undershirts that are destined for the trash unless I want to use the fabric. My idea is to dye them all black (RIT?) and sew me up a bazillion pairs of panties. Any other thoughts??

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Date: 6/10/08 6:07 PM

Umm, dust rags? Dog toys?

Even if you dye them to cover the stains, the fabric is still going to be worn out and thin from so much wear.

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Date: 6/10/08 6:19 PM

I'd use them for rags, too, and kitchen washcloths. My husband has some pretty nasty shirts, too, and I don't think I'd want to use them for panties for me!

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Date: 6/10/08 6:21 PM

I would take the opportunity to experiment tie dye, herbal dye, tea dye, etc. Then...get a book or search online for creative T-shirt refashion ideas. Have fun!

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Date: 6/10/08 6:44 PM

Would they work as the removable liner layers of re-usable menstrual pads?

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Date: 6/10/08 6:45 PM

I say use them for rags or unwearable muslins for tee shirts.

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Date: 6/10/08 6:45 PM

Sure. If the fabric is the right weight and you use Synthapol or equivalent to scour the fabric before dyeing the dye should work fine. What sort of stains are on the shirts? Perspiration? Dye from boxes? Machine oil? Some types of stains might impede the dye from working on the fabric.

I'd use Procion cotton dye. Or something like Setacolor transparent dye. Setacolor color trials. You can buy it at dharmatrading.com

However, I'd advise against RIT dye if the shirts are 100% cotton. You don't need the ability to dye polyester or nylon, so all that portion of the RIT dye will be 'loose' (not firmly/chemically attached to the fibers) and will be difficult to wash out. In other words, if it gets damp while you are wearing it you could stain your outer clothing.
(Other folks seem to have good luck with RIT, but I never have had. Maybe it's a problem with the hard water in this area?)

Another idea: Cut away the stained parts and save the good portions of the shirts for cotton liners for your undies. If the shirts are all the same brand/model/color you might be able to salvage enough backs to make the entire panties and not have to worry about dyeing (the chemicals next to your skin or whether or not the garment will be colorfast later.) I sew undies for my dh from old jersey golf shirts.

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Date: 6/10/08 6:48 PM

If they are *under*shirts, why are they too stained to wear while sweating in a warehouse??? Who's going to know? I think I'd be designating those as the *only* undershirts to be worn there, saving the nicer ones for after work and saving money by NOT having to replace them constantly.

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Date: 6/10/08 11:10 PM

Cut into strips and braid. These can be made into bowls, totes, rugs, think of the possibilities.

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In reply to Kaileesmommy <<


Date: 6/10/08 11:31 PM

Rag bag. If they are stained they will not take the dye evenly. If they were all sweaty, the smell could still be in the fabric.

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