- A tip I learned from by grandmother in the 60's was to use a used sheet blanket for the batting in a quilt that's made to be used and washed often -- like a child's quilt. It worked so well, I still have a couple of them today.
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- i want to share my experiance when quilting. I always stitched my dresses myself and keep all scraps from fabrics to make a quilt. I made afew of them and stored pieces to make 2-3 double bed quilts. I am doing quilting along with crocheting and embroidery even at the age of 65 years and want to do more. It gives me satisfaction as well as helps me unwind myself.
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Got an old blanket?
- I made a wonderful quilt in the 70's from old flannel shirts and an old blanket that still had a little life left. It lasted years and my kids loved it in the back of our Pinto Wagon!!!
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- I don't know that it is the 'best way' but I have fun. I like to shop resale shops & garage sales for 100% cotten fabrics and flannel. There are some great designs out there, and who can't use an extra button or two! I just bought 5 long 'broom' skirts for under $5.00. There is well over a yard or two of good cotten fabric that will be used in quilt tops of 'my future.' Thanks.
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- I never throw away any old clothes I have made. Lots of the old pieces of fabrics go into crib quilts, doll quilts and other projects. I take blouses and dresses apart, iron all the pieces and put them into a box for later. Most of my fabrics are expensive cottons from Liberty of London or Italy. You do not waste these fabrics. Also, I have shopped at garage sales for shirts made of cottons from Italy. These I have taken apart and used in my quilts.
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- I recently made a cute set of potholders and a matching large placemat-type pad to cool cookies on. I used old towels on the back. Also have made some pretty table runners with leftover blocks. Book bags for the library, shopping bags, bags for kids to take towels to the pool, etc. I have made two bed sized quilts from leftover blocks and pieces and vowed never to do it again, but now am in the middle of making yet another one using odd shaped blocks, and bringing the small ones up to size with sashing. I like quilts best because they keep someone I love warm.
- —Guest humbug_1933
- I have made countless carryalls, aprons, cushion covers, dolls and clothes, change mat, baby quilts and floor mats from curtain off-cuts from a shop. I am still using these goodies and making a sneaky sew and quilt in one step quilt. I am just a beginner and have been saving preloved clothes for ages, feeling guilty at the large amount of clutter I do have. Any ideas to pass on to a newbie on how to tame this stash?? My hubby grumbles about it every so often. Thanks for a great site
- Fabric softener sheets sound great, but....do they destroy fabric or change its color over a long period? So many things are not good for a quilt if it is to be an heirloom quilt.
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To answer lizziec1943
- Dryer sheets are forever, as far as I know - they are almost like a non-woven interfacing (which can also be used effectively for scrap piecing, but more expensive!) I have also used old fabrics that are too thin for piecing other kinds of blocks for scraps too. Love to use scraps, any way I can - there's always more!
- I put some scraps together and sewed them to my hand towels which were becoming a little ragged around the edges. It was fun and they look pretty and I don't have to buy new towels. All of you have been so helpful. I would like to see a picture of Pam's cards sometime. I wanted to learn to make post cards to send to service men but instructions are not free. That's too bad as it is such a nice thing to do. If anyone has info. I would be interested. Thanks Edit from Janet: You'll find postcard instructions right here on the Quilting site. Go to the red search box in the upper right and type in: postcards -- follow the link that comes up.
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- I learned to use the used dryer sheets as a foundation for stitch and flip. I saved lots of the sheets and am ready to start a project. But someone at the fire dept said not to because if it caught fire, say good bye to who ever is using it. The sheets will go fast and stick to the person.
- I use scraps in rage quilt and batting scraps. I make 6' and 4' squares and turn them into rag quilts.
- —Guest shirley
Save Those Scraps
- I find it easier to cut my scraps into usable squares, triangles and strips as I go. I have drawers ranging from 1 1/2" - 8" for them. I also sew fabrics less than 1-1/2" strips into "new fabric" and use them as applique/block pieces, since I don't "do" strippy scrap qults.
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- I cut the front of clean gallon jugs to use for small templates. I have saved the flat piece that comes in Oscar Meyer bacon and washed it and used it. You can also get paper bags at the grocery store (instead of clogging up landfills with plastic bags that don't go away) and use the bags for templates.
- Hi carolMLeak, I read your frugal tip on fabric softener sheets. I don't use them but I think my daughter does. Any special brand? Do they stay together well after many washings?
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