So, I went out Thrifting today and I found a few t-shirts to work with, a few wool sweaters and a great dress. I was really surprised by the cost of a t-shirt here in the DC area, I pay only half the price when I am home in Colorado and trying to make new t-shirt crafts. So – I was thinking the next time I need raw materials I should offer to buy my friends and neighbors old, worn t-shirts – maybe I could put a sign up in the building. So my question for you is should I offer to pay 99cents or just tell people I’d like their old clothing to recycle it? What do you think about 99 cents?
Most of the time I have plenty of raw material but here in DC we are in temporary housing etc and I only have half of my ‘toys’ (serger, colored threads etc). I have already been through all of my husbands, daughters and my own clothing looking for things that we need to declare garbage – and available for recycling crafts.
-wink- I’m trying to refrain from stealing and cutting down some of my husbands jerseys… but that’s another blog all together.
I love to come up with new recycling ideas for t-shirts, the weave is great and does some really fun texture if you cut it into the strips. I’ve started working on a few more recycled Christmas ornaments, this time the base is made from newspaper or old phone book paper wrapped with recycled t-shirt ribbons. I’m trying to embroider fun little sayings on them to finish them and tack down all the t-shirt ribbon.
Back to the thrifting – tonight I also found an old handmade dress of this great polyester brocade that I am going to love turning into an evening bag… we’ll let you know how that goes.