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Based on something Eden mentioned in the thread on Green Consumerism started by Sarie, it made me curious about what people do with those things that are not good enough anymore for the charity shop or to pass on to others.

One idea I have, but not able to carry out yet, is to knit a bath mat from old t-shirts. I have several old white ones, but not nearly enough for a whole mat. I asked on free cycle, but no luck. I don’t want to buy them, as they don’t need to be pristine and charity shops around here are getting expensive. So if anyone has any suggestions where to take this idea or maybe into another direction, yes please!

Am curious what you all come up with, beyond rags and dusters!

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What a great thead will follow with interest. I’d been wondering what to do with all the white t-shirts my husband throws out apart from making them into dusters or cloths. Next time he has a clear out i will give making a bath mat a go. X

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Old pillow cases get turned into hankerchiefs, as they are sooo soft, just right for tender noses.  T-shirts that are stained get tie-dyed, giving them a new lease of life.  I keep old clothes for material, so have made small bean bags (as a gift for one of the boys school friends birthday) out of an old school sweatshirt.  Kept the cuffs of school sweatshirts to replace cuffs on school sweatshirts that are wearing through, therefore avoiding buying new!  Made a washable pee pad from old towels, old sheet and old shower curtain, velcro pad to shower curtain, then can be washed easily.  Dress, pe bag, book bag and peg bag all from old curtains.  A draft excluder from a leg of DH’s jeans, stuffed with old rags.  These are just a few of the things I have got up to as a hoarder of material!!

I keep cuts of old clothes for patches for jeans/trousers (DD always gets holes in the knees of her trousers so quickly!). Falling apart books are often used for making cards from the pictures. I have turned some of my washable nappy inserts into washable sanitary pads. I can turn all kinds of odds n sods into art & craft projects!!

Loving the tye-dying idea, going to try that with stained stuff.

Fab thread x

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Funnily enough, I have cut up many old tshirts and balled it up into yarn and knitted bath mats with it - they are fantastic and wash well too! Now I’ve cracked crochet I’m thinking of doing a round one with tshirt yarn. You could always dye some of the white tshirts first to add a bit of colour or knit it and then dye it.

As far as picking up more tshirts - ask around friends who may have some getting thrown out. Also it may be worth checking your local charity shops and asking them if they have any old tshirts that aren’t good enough for them to put out in the store - they usually sell these as scrap fabrics that get recycled elsewhere but they may be willing to let you have a bag for a small donation.

I’m terrible for keeping fabrics - they’ll be useful for something one day - right? Cotton fabrics get made into bags here, I keep jeans for patches too and other projects. I keep pieces of old voile/plain net curtain to use in wet felting. I’ve recently seen a demonstration of some fab dyes for fabrics that are mostly synthetic so plan to get some of those to re-use any synthetic fabrics, ribbons, etc and give them a new lease of life as something else or bits for making cards, etc.

Good idea for a thread, look forward to other inspiration x


ETA: if you make tshirt yarn - cut the tshirts on an angle so you can create one continuous piece to ball up - less joins than cutting horizontal strips and it curls up nicer too.

I keep plain white t-shirts for my daughter so she can do fabric painting or no-mess tie dye
http://smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.com/2011/04/kids-craftsno-mess-tie-dye.html

Elsa - 24 June 2011 06:27 PM

I keep plain white t-shirts for my daughter so she can do fabric painting or no-mess tie dye
http://smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.com/2011/04/kids-craftsno-mess-tie-dye.html

Yes, another great use for fabrics. My daughter re-vamped a white tshirt for Fathers day last weekend -
http://raisingseedlings.blogspot.com/2011/06/some-things-to-share.html

Eden - 24 June 2011 06:40 PM
Elsa - 24 June 2011 06:27 PM

I keep plain white t-shirts for my daughter so she can do fabric painting or no-mess tie dye
http://smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.com/2011/04/kids-craftsno-mess-tie-dye.html

Yes, another great use for fabrics. My daughter re-vamped a white tshirt for Fathers day last weekend -
http://raisingseedlings.blogspot.com/2011/06/some-things-to-share.html

I love your daughter’s artwork. So beautiful! What a lucky daddy wink

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