Use It Up
1. Teresa G. of Texas says she cuts up clothes she and her husband have stopped wearing and makes them into clothes for kids. The scraps she saves for making baby quilts.
A string quilt-- Save the narrow scraps from cutting out woven
cotton clothes, quilts, and projects to use for making a string quilt.
You can use cheap muslin for the "stabilizer" or foundation. Cut
it into squares, rectangles, or long strips the length of the quilt size
you want. Sew your first piece on in the middle or at one end. The
middle is handier since you can sew on two pieces before you have to
iron. Lay the next piece face down on the first one. Sew it on with a
scant quarter inch seam. If you started in the middle you may wish to
sew a third piece on to the other side of the first one before ironing.
Be sure to iron your pieces open before proceeding to the next piece or
pieces! The pieces will not all be straight across, some will be
diagonal. You'll have make sure that you sew each piece on so that it
will cover the muslin all the way across from side to side! Use your
imagination in organizing the colors. You may sew pieces on with the
"straight" running a different direction than vertically IF you have
your muslin cut on the straight of grain.
If you have questions please send email, so that I can fix the directions if necessary. :-)
3. Candace writes: I am presently in the process of making a table runner from yo-yos. I have old material and have been gathering buttons and putting them on each yo-yo and sewing them by hand together. Looks unique and pretty.
Editor's Note: If you don't know how to make a yo-yo, here are some
basic directions. Use a plastic margarine lid for a pattern or make
your own circle pattern. The finished yo-yo will be less than half the
size of the circle you cut so figure accordingly. Thread a needle and
make a substantial knot in the end. To hem the yo-yo fold over about a
quarter of an inch, folding and sewing as you go. Sew with a running
stitch. When you get back around to the knot where you started, pull the
knot and the end with the needle. Gather the yo-yo up and press it flat
with your fingers so that the gathered hole is in the middle of the
circle that you have pressed. Make sure it is pulled tight, then tie it
off well and clip the threads.
4. Cathy A. of Louisiana writes: One decorating idea is to take a cowboy boot, one in bad condition with a rather stiff feel to it, and spray paint it a solid color if it is in bad condition. After this, a tall vase can be inserted into the boot, and a western theme of grasses, tumble weed, dried flowers etc. could be inserted....the same can be done with any stiff shoe..only make a low arrangement, and decorate with whatever theme you have in mind...this is just one idea of what to do...there are many. I sometimes visit my local library for ideas....
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