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Old 03-16-2010, 05:34 PM - Thread Starter
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I don't want to throw it away... Is there any use for this?
I do a little sewing, but not to the point that I would make use of these clothes.
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Cut them up for rags.

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How little sewing do you do? Are they your clothes or your children's? I ask because some things, like toddler and baby pants are really easy and quick to make. I repurpose a lot of my and dh's old or stained clothes to make things for dd to wear.

If the stained clothes are too small to repurpose I'd just use them as rags, as pp suggested.
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Material dependent, but:
~rags
~washcloths
~cloth napkins

I'm not much of a seamstress, but patchwork tote bags/scarves are pretty easy. Or you can tie strips of fabric together and knit or crochet with it to make rag rugs.

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They can be used for sewing or be given to someone who sews. I sew a lot & reuse items from clothes:buttons, zippers, beads, portions of the fabric that are not stained. I've also used fabric for stuffing toys rather than buying the poly-fil stuff.

Then there's rags, braiding into rugs...are you crafty at all? If not, someone who is may use the clothes.

I believe clothes that are 100% cotton can be composted.

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For those who do a little sewing: depending on where stains / holes are you - can use a patch (obviously)
- or transform long pants into shorts or capris. (I once did that with a pair of my daughter's jeans. The pants were ripped beyond repair over boths knees, so I cut them and added the lower end of another pair of pants to make the capris (plaid pattern on jeans, really cool). Funny enough, she was already 11y at the time but those were her favorite pants that summer!)
- save good parts for patches
- depending on the fabric: rags etc. (as already said) or "paper" towels for really messy stuff

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Agreed on rags. Sometimes I put them underneath my plants, if I haven't gotten around to repotting, and they're leaking on the windowsills.
I guess you can use them as tissues/handkerchiefs too.
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I use them for rags. Sometimes being used as a rag is one stop away from the landfill because the oily/filthy ones get thrown in the garbage, but at least they didn't go directly into the trash.

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That's too funny, it's so simple, yet it took me forever to figure it out. I was using my cute tea towels for awhile.
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Check with your local animal rescue/shelter. They will often use unuseable clothing for bedding for the animals. It doesn't matter what it looks like; all it needs to be is warm & soft.

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