101 uses for old and worn out clothes

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Post: #60682 ina
Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:03 pm

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:
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Post: #60698 the.fee.fairy
Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:12 pm

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...

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Post: #60712 Thomzo
Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:07 pm

Natural fibres can be put in the compost heap.
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Post: #60842 ina
Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:48 pm

Reasonably sturdy old clothes make good cushion covers, too - have been meaning to make some from jeans for a while...
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Post: #60851 Chickenlady
Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:29 pm

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!)

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Post: #60871 the.fee.fairy
Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:06 pm

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).

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Post: #61808 Karen_D
Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:20 pm

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.

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Post: #61815 Silver Ether
Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:29 pm

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:

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Post: #61870 Jerseymum
Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:55 pm

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.
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Post: #61879 mybarnconversion
Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:28 pm

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?

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Post: #61899 Thomzo
Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:28 pm

Can be ages. I tend to just put in the tiny scraps that can't be used for anything else.

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Post: #69217 blathanna
Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:10 pm

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
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Re: 101 uses for old and worn out clothes

Post: #275361 tizzy
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:12 pm

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.
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Re: 101 uses for old and worn out clothes

Post: #275377 wabbit955
Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:59 pm

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:
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Re: 101 uses for old and worn out clothes

Post: #276105 daffodiltulip
Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:45 pm

Aprons.
Body bands for doggies that have problems with urination.


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