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Date: 9/26/11 10:08 PM

I just found a Rubbermaid tub full of fitting muslins I have made. They are and never will be wearable, but I don't really want to throw them out because it seems like a waste. I want to hear what everyone else does with their muslins once they are finished with them.

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Date: 9/26/11 11:09 PM

Hi Sarah - I know there are threads about using scraps, but maybe not one on muslins, so good idea! I have used one large skirt to make a liner for my scrap bin. Then I just tied up the top and took it in to recycling without using a plastic bag. Some others I just ripped into smallish pieces and used them instead of paper towel. Flannelet is great for wiping out an egg pan. Toss it out like paper towel knowing it at least had two "lives."

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Date: 9/26/11 11:14 PM

I keep the ones I still have patterns for; they are a great reference point. But with the ones I don't have patterns for, I use them like Tourist uses hers--instead of a paper towel, cleaning shoes, lining clothing drawers, making sachets for tub tea, etc.

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Date: 9/26/11 11:21 PM

Mine get used as underlinings on a lot of my dresses.

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Date: 9/27/11 6:28 AM

This is why I don't make muslins, except wearable muslins or out of underlining fabric. It just seems like a waste of fabric.

But most thrift/charity shops will recycle unwearable textiles - they are useable as cleaning cloths for example, or sometimes physically recyclable into new textiles.

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Date: 9/27/11 9:53 AM

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most thrift/charity shops will recycle unwearable textiles

There may be some North American thrift shops that do this, but I don't think most do -- especially something that's sewn but unwearable. A few of them take lengths of fabric.

It sounds like the UK is more on top of some of its recycling practices than we tend to be in North America.

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This is why I don't make muslins, except wearable muslins or out of underlining fabric. It just seems like a waste of fabric.

I'm with you on this, for the most part. The first time I try a pattern it's always with less-wonderful fabric, but I do wear the item (if it's wearable).


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Date: 9/27/11 10:29 AM

Joan - I have been told that Value Village recycles fabric, at least out here on the coast - so that is where I take mine.

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Date: 9/27/11 12:44 PM

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Joan - I have been told that Value Village recycles fabric, at least out here on the coast - so that is where I take mine.

Yes, I think I've seen fabric occasionally at Value Village -- also at Salvation Army. I don't know what they'd make of a sewn item that wasn't useful except as fabric, though. If that makes sense!

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Date: 9/27/11 4:13 PM

I have used leftover stuff from sewing to cut into bias strips for other uses as needed -this would work with muslins I would assume if the fabric would be nice for that. I am fairly new to fitting muslins as I used to mostly not be hard to fit and could do wearable muslins but now I try to just muslin the area that would be problematic like a bodice or neck area so don't use as much fabric like that. On my nightgown recently I only cut and sewed up the yoke to check the neck fit and flat measured the rest. Most of my muslin fabric has been recycled like from a ready to toss sheet or really yuck fabric anyway. My husband has a shop and often fishes out that sort of thing when I am tossing it to use as rags in his shop so someone else that is working around grease or oil might like them also. He is not picky -takes some awful fiber contents to slime out there. He gets plenty of towels and such but sort of uses the rags so he can toss them. If all else fails cut the next muslin from the muslins-if they are wovens it won't matter if they are pieced or several fabrics if they are the same weight. Then toss. I hate wasting fabric if at all possible. As soon as I toss something I think of something else I could have done with the fabric.

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Date: 9/27/11 11:36 PM

I love this thread. I never make muslins, and now I know it's NOT because I am lazy, but rather because I am environmentally conscious.

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