Clothing and Fabric Scrap Recycling
By Susan Hansen, Extension Educator,
Being kind to the earth concerns everyone today. There are ways for careful consumers and sewers to make a difference!
One way to promote the well-being of our planet Earth is to recycle. For those who sew, there are several creative ways to use up scraps of fabric or garments that have gone out of style, including the following ideas:
- Cut buttons off of worn out garments and begin a button jar like grandmothers did many years ago.
- Piece fabric scraps for use in garments or quilts - be sure the fabrics are care compatible.
- Use leftover thread to embellish patchwork designs.
- Make an old sweatshirt into a child’s romper.
- Put fabric paint over stains to create a one of a kind garment.
- Cut the center front of a too tight pullover sweatshirt and bind the edges to make a cardigan.
- Recycle old jeans into a vest, apron or a purse.
- Use too small T-shirts once worn by a family member, and make a T-shirt dress for a younger member of the family. By adding a pretty gathered fabric to the bottom and a bow at the neck, a completed outfit can be easily created.
- Make drawstring gift bags from left-over pieces of fabric.
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