Whenever I go through my clothes closet to purge unused items, I find myself keeping the same few items, even though I no longer wear them, just because I love the fabric so much that I can’t let it go. I have one pair of practically never worn pants (I’ve never found a shirt to go with them) that are just a gorgeous fabric. A lovely shimmery embroidered silk… mmm.
I’ve read of people using old shirts and other clothes to sew quilts, pillow covers, etc., so that they can keep the memories embodied in a t-shirt or dress. What a great way to re-use the fabric and enjoy it day to day. I can’t sew, but I can dream, can’t I?
Some quilts are made from old t-shirts that have sentimental value, a brilliant way to take a lot of items and keep only what’s most important about them. Imagine taking a dozen or so of your old t-shirts out of your closet; freeing up all that space; and ending up with a nice usable blanket that evokes great memories!
Even though I can’t sew myself (in fact I just LOATHED learning to sew as a child) there seem to be a lot of companies advertising this type of service. My wonderful pants that I never wear could actually be something I use every day, if they can be re-made into a quilt, curtain trim, pillow cover, lampshade cover, etc. I could actually see basing a color scheme for an entire room on this one pair of silk embroidered pants.
This Pinterest page, Fun Stuff Out of Old Clothes, has some neat ideas to inspire you. I thought the lampshade made of old ties was especially inspired. Something for Dad to do with all those uninspired Father’s Day gifts?
And I love the idea of creating shopping totes out of old clothes. The old sweater that was stuffed and sewn into a pet bed made me laugh in amazement. The sleeves of the sweater were curved around to make the rim of the bed,… how clever!
To be fair, the mini dress made of old neckties is clearly not for everyone.
It might just be inspiring enough to make me give learning to sew another shot. Or more likely not, because hey, I LOATHED sewing.