Monday, February 5, 2007

Project; ideas for re-using old clothes from WikiHow

How to Use Used Clothes in a Variety of Ways

What do you do with those old clothes that are lying around the house? You might try Ebay or consignment shops, though resale value for apparel is poor. If they're still in decent shape you might want to take them to Goodwill. However, for garments that are unwearable, you may try the following:


1. Make a quilt.

2. Make a dog bed. Cut up flannel shirts and stitch pieces together to form two squares (size determined by the size of the dog). Fill with cotton batting.

3. Take old silk or rayon shirts and cut a square of fabric approximately twelve inches by twelve inches. Place a wine bottle in the center. Fold the bottom corner up. Roll the bottle in the fabric, tie the top with ribbon to secure, and insert dried flowers or gift tag in the pocket the folded corner has created. You now have a last-minute hostess gift (and people might not notice the wine inside is just two-buck Chuck).

4. Cut up a blouse, preferably with a small print, to wrap nice soaps. Use as a hostess gift or in guest bathrooms.

5. If the item of clothing has any sentimental value--baby clothes, for instance--use it as the cover for a scrapbook or photo albums.

6. Use brightly colored, sturdy fabric as a border for an ordinary lampshade or picture frame.

7. Use a large piece of cloth to cover a corkboard--the corkboard will retain its function but will liven up a dull surface.

8. And if you're really in need of dust cloths or bandages, chop, chop !


* Keep similar fabrics together, especially if repurposing the clothes for quilts, coverlets, and dog beds.

* Make sure fabric isn't flammable if you're gluing it to lampshades.

* Finally, before arriving at someone's house with a wrapped wine bottle or little basket of soaps, be REALLY sure the gift isn't butchered from a piece of clothing he or she gave once gave your for your birthday or Christmas.

printed from WikiHow
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