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Date: 1/14/11 4:02 PM

Our ASG is planning a thrift store challenge this year. I'm so uncreative I have NO idea of what to even look for to repurpose when I go!
Anyone done one of these? We'll have a couple of months to refashion what we find into something else. All I can think of right now is quilting pieces together and making a tote. But, that's really uncreative!
One lady told me she's getting a man's shirt and making it into a girls dress, so that's out.

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Date: 1/14/11 4:09 PM

How about a leather jacket or pants refashioned into a fabulous purse?

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Date: 1/14/11 4:09 PM

I would look for the best quality fabric in the largest size you can find, and not worry about what the garment is. Then just cut it up and use the fabric for something else.

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Date: 1/14/11 7:54 PM

How about making a child's or adult costume-ie: nightgown into
flapper dress. My son and I recently repurposed some thrift
store garments into a MacBeth costume for his highschool senior
honors English class. Yes, he did some of the sewing. We cut the collar and cuffs off a dress shirt to give it a "blouson type look"-
we cut some sleeves off another verylight weight jacket for the
"tunic"-found some wool slacks for the pants-we took some "faux
fur" and attached it to the tunic at the shoulder-found a black leather belt with "chain" embelishment. I'm hoping he did King
Mac Beth proud!

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Date: 1/14/11 8:26 PM

I saw the most adorable matching grandmother/granddaughter aprons made from a bright floral sundress combined with coordinating gingham fabric.

Other ideas:

wool skirt into hat or purse
jean jacket into purse
linen curtains into any garment
fleece item into mittens, scarves or hats
quilted item into pot holders, casserole holder or placemats

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Date: 1/14/11 8:49 PM

Sometimes interesting things can be found in the household linens area - I made this duffel out of two tapestry pillowcases a while back. I've also found interesting napkins and placemats that have been worked into larger projects, and garments with embellishments that can be removed (like crazy embroidery and appliques).

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Date: 1/14/11 9:21 PM

I like the idea of finding old lace, etc., and using it to edge jackets, pockets, etc. I found some curtains that had wine bottles on them, and used the fabric to make a flounce on a full skirt that I didn't make long enough. I'd suggest you check out a book called Sew Vintage, by Jennie Archer Atwood: click here she's got lots of good stuff!

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Date: 1/14/11 9:39 PM

I have a great bedskirt that I found at Goodwill and want to incorporated into a jacket. Definitely look in the home dec section. There are often great scores to be had in the form of curtains, tablecloths, bedskirts, etc. Even some awesome vintage fabrics. And dont' forget notions! Look at coats, purses, belts, even shoes (and don't forget the menswear dept) for your hardware. You can find some REALLY great buckles, buttons, etc. Even the jewelry dept can be inspiring. Some of those funky plastic-y necklaces and such have fabulous beads that would work great on a tunic neckline, etc. I just love resale shops!

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Date: 1/14/11 9:41 PM

Old wool sweaters can be sewn into nice pillows - they are really cozy in the winter.

You can also felt a wool sweater by washing it and drying it normally. The shrunken sweater will give you a smaller amount of dense thick felt to use in a project.

(Can you tell I'm more of a knitter than a sewist?)

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Subject: if you can find a "good" bridal gown Date: 1/14/11 10:30 PM

I've heard of fabric from a bridal gown becoming the fabric for a baby's christening gown.

In the 1960s, my mother was given a ripped parachute (the paratrooper wasn't injured, but that chute would never go into action again). It was Army olive green in color and real silk. It became the liner for a double wedding ring quilt.

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