Friday, February 12, 2010

thrifted fabric

From a recent stop in my local thrift store. They had tons of fabric that day for some reason, and I had a hard time not buying it all. This is an interesting paisley euro sham I'll turn into something.

Denim curtains that are destined for some dresses for me and the girls. You can't beat the yardage for the money.

Two solid sheet sets that are in great colors. Nothing like cheap sheet sets to use as a first run with a new pattern.
  1. there's plenty to spare for mistakes in cutting
  2. if it sews up as a total disaster you are not out a lot of money
  3. if by some miracle the result is wearable, then it is at least in a nice color and weight instead of white muslin.

I couldn't resist all these cheerful yellow remnants for some future quilting endeavor!

And some purple floral polyester double knit, baby. I've never sewn with this stuff before, but I think it will make the girls some cute dresses or shirts.

Not pictured are some white faux fur and also brown knubbly stuff that I couldn't resist for possible future softies. They had a lot of different kinds of faux fur and also some real fur that I held and stared at for a long while, but which I restrained myself from buying in the end.

As soon as I walk in the door with any thrifted fabric (or store bought fabric for that matter) it goes straight in the washer with warm or hot water, then in the dryer. Then it is clean and pre-shrunk and ready for whatever ideas hit me later.

23 comments:

  1. Using thrifted fabric sounds great. I could never bring myself to buy any - I still squirm when I walk into Goodwill or a library. Those colors and prints are beautiful though.

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  2. I love that last one best! I always get a thrill from vintage fabric finds! Great stuff!

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  3. Great finds and ideas! Love the paisley print and the yellows. Would love to see if you make a quilt using the yellows!

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  4. wow, you have some great thrift stores to come back with fabrics like you've shown! I've shopped around our Salvation Army and come up with some sheets and a big piece of periwinkle corduroy, but nothing as nice as this! I'll have to keep looking :)

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  5. Gorgeous - what a find! I think I may have to hit up the thrift stores later on today...

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  6. ooh, i'm so green with envy right now! What an awseome find. I'm with you, straight in the machine or a soak if the smell is too storng, then on the line for a few days to air. Even new fabrics go straight in the wash.
    I'm having trouble convincing my friend to wash her fabric before she makes a quilt, even though she's had one run before, she insists it won't happen this time! What can you do?
    I've never had to buy denim new, always find it at thift (op) shops, but you got the most with curtains!

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  7. thanks, gals.

    squareby, so the cooties get ya huh? that's why I used HOT water. :-)

    Stacy, I'd love to see me make a yellow quilt too.

    vegetablog, this is a smaller church run thrift store. I don't know if that makes a difference. maybe it doesn't get as much traffic.

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  8. Nice finds!

    I hope you didn't wash that double knit in hot water. ;-/ I used to sew with double knit a lot back in the day. Never hot water or dryer or a hot iron!

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  9. Grandma G -- oops. Maybe it is not polyester double knit then? sure feels and looks like it. But it seems to have survived the anti-cooty treatment.

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  10. i just got a bunch of fabric today at the thrift store also....and straight into the wash it went and now it is in the dryer

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  11. i love the last fabric, perhaps a tote bag with denim trim?? I wish i could find material like that!

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  12. Lucky you! I love finding material at thrift shops. I've already made two dresses from thrift material using a pattern from the thrift shop as well and they are all I want to wear anymore.
    I'm anxious to see what you do with the sham as I have one with a great pattern but I don't know what to do with it yet. Ideas?

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  13. hey, me.
    ha. that sounds funny. I'm not sure what i'll do with it -- yet! stay tuned. ideas that have passed through my brain are backpack, tote, shirt for girls, zippered bag, charm squares, yo yos, la la la. we'll just have to see.

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  14. Then again, maybe I was just careful with those knits back then for nothing! ;) But do watch the iron... a synthetic setting is best... 'cause it still might melt! :) If it really is polyester, that is.

    I never cease to be amazed at people's delight with "vintage" finds these days. To me, they're still just old and outdated. (But so am I!) ;)

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  15. Is that the one by Big Lots? They are never open when I am over there.

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  16. looks like a jackpot. love the paisley sham. i used to collect paisleys in high school.

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  17. Wow - great fabric finds. I haven't come close to finding anything like that here at thrift stores. Then again I don't frequent them as much as I did as when I was in school. Sigh. But if I had seen those I too would have walked out with them as who could resist?!

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  18. That first one I WANT IT! Gorgeous, I hope you post what you make with it. Of course if you're like me, you might hoard it and never cut it because it's too pretty...

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  19. Wow, what a great score. I especially love the yellows for a quilt and the print on that knit. Sigh. Even your thrift shopping options are better than mine. Waaah.

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  20. I love the top one! Please make sure you do something really cute with it.

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