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Recyling Your Rags

We all have clothes we don’t wear. Either they are too big, too small or were an act of impulsivity that no longer lies within the confines of fashion.

Whatever the reason these end up in the back of the closet or sitting in a box to be shipped to the Salvation Army. If they are still in decent condition, donating used clothes is the best option.

However, if in a state of disrepair, clothes can be reused to create something new. Shirts are especially versatile. You can take old t-shirts, and by sewing of the bottom closed and some altercations of the sleeves, make bags.

These bags are great for toting books or supplies, and to replace plastic bags at the grocery store.

If you have a larger sum of un-wearable clothing, quilts can be made from them. You need only to cut identical squares out of the clothing and then sew them together. And just because old items were used to make the quilt doesn’t mean you can’t liven them up a bit.

The opportunity for embellishment is boundless. Adorn the corners with buttons and create art from thread if you are familiar with stitch work. Have fun with your crafty side.  If you don’t have particular need for the quilts, at least they could be donated. And would especially be appreciated in the winter months.

You can easily make cushions by sewing the bottoms of a shirt or skirt closed, filling it with stuffing and then sewing closed any other openings, such as sleeves and neck holes. These cushions can offer extra padding to pet beds or on the floor for light reading.

When the possibilities seem few, you can always use old clothes and towels to make cleaning rags. These rags could be dressed up for use in the kitchen or bathroom. Or kept away for quick clean ups in the garage.

If the clothes have truly extended beyond their lifespan, you can keep scraps of fabric on hand for crafts. So whatever the state of your old garb, there’s always room for reinvention.

Now, go clean out that closet!

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