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Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:03 pm
by ina
possum wrote:old fleeces - the obligatory cat bed


Not just old fleeces - my cat preferred woolly jumpers (so do I)... And I'm sure dogs would love them, too! :wink:

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:12 pm
by the.fee.fairy
ina wrote:
possum wrote:old fleeces - the obligatory cat bed


Not just old fleeces - my cat preferred woolly jumpers (so do I)... And I'm sure dogs would love them, too! :wink:


Finlay has fleeces, wooly jumpers, an old quilt cover, and an old sleeping bag to sleep on! he still prefers my bed though :wink:

oooh...along the same lines - use old clothes for small animal bedding - i had a female rat that loved an old school shirt. She used to sulk when i put it in the washing machine!! I had two male rats who used to fight over a pair of my dad's old pants - i'd only chucked them in teh cage to stop my dad wearing them again and the boys were on them like a shot arguing over who got to sleep in them...

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:07 pm
by Thomzo
Natural fibres can be put in the compost heap.

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:48 pm
by ina
Reasonably sturdy old clothes make good cushion covers, too - have been meaning to make some from jeans for a while...

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:29 pm
by Chickenlady
Or you could make them into these:

http://www.morsbags.com/

(There must be a thread on here already about these, but I haven't been on for ages, so forgive me!)

Jane

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:06 pm
by the.fee.fairy
I'm sure i read somewhere about people in ancient times making quilts and bedding out of old clothes - they'd stuff rags inside a sack to make a quilt type thing (well, not a sack, but a quilt cover type affair thingy).

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:20 pm
by Karen_D
If they are cotton, such as shirt cotton, they can be cut into squares, edged and used as handkerchiefs or headscaves (if you have a big enough square or a tiny head :lol: ). Cotton hankies are great and are not unhygenic as long as you change them every day. I do resort to loo roll if I've got a cold but otherwise its cotton hankies.

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:29 pm
by Silver Ether
I made a great apron from a very wide legged pair of jeans simply by clever cuttingand sewing together They had loads of great big pockets on so it very usefull ... well as long as I dont fill the pockets or I cant move .... :mrgreen:

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:55 pm
by Jerseymum
Unpick trouser seams up to the crotch. Insert panels of material and hey-presto, you have a skirt.
I also save all sorts of cotton material to make patchwork squares for quilts and I have been known to make baby clothes from old mum & dad clothes.
Sarah

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:28 pm
by mybarnconversion
Thomzo wrote:Natural fibres can be put in the compost heap.


Any idea how long typical items i.e. a cotton shirt or woollen jumper would take to rot down in a compost heap?

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:28 pm
by Thomzo
Can be ages. I tend to just put in the tiny scraps that can't be used for anything else.

Zoe

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:10 pm
by blathanna
Cut the sleeves out of old jumpers, pull up over your arms and you have two sleeves to keep your good clothes clean if you're doing any dirty
jobs.

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Re: 101 uses for old and worn out clothes

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:12 pm
by tizzy
When my daughters were small and I was always hard-up (back in the 70s/80s) I used to get dresses for fat ladies to turn into pretty clothes for them, it saved me a small fortune. I'm still upcycling 'cause of hating waste.
Here's the latest idea from last week
http://theroundhouse.freeforums.org/rec ... t2065.html
Sometimes being a bit top heavy has it's advantages ;)

Re: 101 uses for old and worn out clothes

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:59 pm
by wabbit955
now I like that idea
I always use old bra strap to make straps for new vest tops
made a great hand bag out of my old leather motor cycle trousers
and the rest of the leather I use to finish padded foot rest witch start as a wooden wine box,
phone cases, re cover palm of bike gloves to :iconbiggrin:

Re: 101 uses for old and worn out clothes

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:45 pm
by daffodiltulip
Aprons.
Body bands for doggies that have problems with urination.