any use for old ragged clothes?

jollyrdNovember 25, 2012

I have various clothes items that look too bad to go to Goodwill, but I just feel bad throwing them away. I am talking jeans and tshirts that I don't fit in and that I used when house painting. Or PJs that are well used.

Pet shelters don't want them.

Is there any good use for these? I was joking with idea of stuffing them in pillows, but I doubt it will feel comfortable.

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lazy_gardens

Make rag rugs with them?

Cut out the good parts and make patchwork?

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 8:32AM
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lazy_gardens

Glue sequins on and sell them as "upcycled" on Etsy for $150?

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 8:33AM
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noinwi

I keep a few old pairs of jeans to use for patching work-around-the-house jeans(and fishing jeans)and old shirts are cut up and put into a rag bag for household cleaning and for cutting into strips to tie up tomato plants.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 12:02PM
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jomuir

I always cut up cotton clothes and put in the linen closet. They're great rags esp for messy jobs, we can just toss them after 1 use.

DH tried to grab a handful of brand-new microfiber cloths to clean up paint spills the other day, I replaced w/some old tees rags.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 4:12PM
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sylviatexas1

Jeans make good braided rugs, & I once saw the cutest placemats made out of braided denim strips.

There's always somebody wanting to make a blue jean quilt, so you can put them on freecycle or let a quilting group know about them;
these days, a lot of groups are making quilts for returning veterans, so you might try to find such a group.

(I'd call the newspaper;
somebody at the newspaper always knows about those kinds of projects!)

I agree;
old cotton clothes make the best rags!

& check with charity & thrift shops;
many of them have contracts or agreements with companies that re-cycle fabric.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 11:42AM
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jollyrd

I appreciate the comments but -- these old jeans have various colors of paint stains all over them

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 4:17PM
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jomuir

Jeans quilts are a great idea too.

Jollyrd, you may have to pitch them. But if you have to, keep in mind, you've gotten your moneys worth out of them & aren't being wasteful, which it seems you're trying to avoid. I applaud your efforts on that!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 12:00PM
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mary_c_gw

Oh, please! Just throw them out! The paint stains make them useless as rags - too stiff.

You have used them, used them well, and seriously used them up. They're done.

Let them go.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:41PM
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lazy_gardens

Even with the paint stains, they can make adequate cleaning rags for tough jobs. Use them for cleaning up paint spi8lls and paint brushes?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 11:37AM
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noinwi

I would use them for 'decorative' patching/appliques on other worn jeans.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:21PM
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