Uses for old clothes/linens

Uses for old clothes/linens

Here are some ideas: 1. (the old stand-by) rag rugs (I would *love* to know how to make these.) 2. Old sheets are cut down to pillow cases and decorated. They can also be the base for a bed skirt, or turned into window toppers. The window toppers and cases can be decorated. You can also

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    Here are some ideas:

    1. (the old stand-by) rag rugs (I would *love* to know how to make
    these.)

    2. Old sheets are cut down to pillow cases and decorated. They can
    also be the base for a bed skirt, or turned into window toppers. The
    window toppers and cases can be decorated. You can also make and
    decorate small table cloths, place mats, fabric hot pads and coasters.

    3. Bath towels can be turned into hair towels when the edges get bad,
    which can be turned into: hand/dish towels - wash/dish cloths - rags.

    4. Pillow cases keep all socks, panties, etc. together in the washer,
    dryer, just add a zipper or velcro. You can also use one on your
    clothes line to hold clothes pins or in the entry to hold mitten,
    hats, etc.

    5. Holiday dresses can made into "fancy" purses for youg girls, or
    (as I like to do) turn them into drawstring bags and use to put
    family gifts in year after year.

    5. Jeans - use the pockets to make little purses for your young
    children/ preteens. Make a patchwork quilt/pillows. Make neck rolls
    easily for teens using the legs.

    6. With light weight fabrics, not just lace, satin and silk, you can
    make pretty covers for throw pillows and sachets.

    7. Lace makes great doilees.

    8. Clothes that cannot be saved: cut the buttons off and put the into
    your button jars, cut into rags.

    9. Give to battered womens shelters.

    10. The daycare I used to work at always liked to have a few changes
    of clothes on hand just in case for the children. It was a low income
    daycare/headstart.

    11. Make a patchwork bedskirt/curtains/drapes.

    Hope these help someone.
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    Great ideas, thanks so much.

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    I have done a few of these things, like the curtain idea. It works out great, and looks like pricey curtains for just pennies. I like all of the ideas you have here, thanks.

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    The basic circular rag rug is pretty simple. Cut your fabric into three very long strips (The length determines how large you want your rug.) Tie one end of the strips together in a knot and braid like you would hair. As you go, coil the rug and stitch it together with heavy-duty thread or yarn.

    You can, if you prefer, use a large crochet hook and crochet strips of fabric instead. You'd use the same technique of coil and stitch to keep it together.

    Hope that helps!
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    Thanks for the idea on the rag rug making. I'm a crocheter so this would be right up my alley.

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    Thanks for all the GREAT ideas. I have made the rag rug and my GS troop have made the jean purses...my d still uses hers Thanks again!

    Jaime OH

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    I have always wanted to make a rag rug.

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    These are great ideas. Can we make a rag rug by changing the strips to make it longer and more colourful?
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