Believe it or not, its quite easy to sew for free. You just have to recycle and be willing to compromise a little. It's good for your mind, the planet, and your wallet. This is a really good way for you to build up your notions collection

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Scissors, seam rippers, old clothes, sewing machine, thread

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    Sep 3, 2013, 12.16 PMby burdabuddy

    I use old or stained linen and cotton tea towels-dish drying towels stacked in 2 or more layers and tacked together for practice machine quilting. I am a beginner!

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    Nov 3, 2012, 07.56 PMby Jo Macey

    My seam ripper is my best friend! I try to re-use the fabric & extras of stained/ torn/ holey items wherever possible, donate items that I can’t come up with projects for & use the remaining “rags” for cleaning or filling stuffed toys!

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    Dec 24, 2008, 08.44 AMby recycletothemusic

    wow i never thought the feedback would be so positive!!! thank you so much everyone!!! and i am really sorry about the pictures. i didn’t put them up in the beginning and im having a little trouble going back to fix it. thank you again!

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    Aug 27, 2008, 05.56 PMby hfeather83

    I use the old soft t-shirts as rags to clean my face with astringent and makeup remover every morning and night. It is environmentally friendly in two ways:(1) it reduces landfill waste by not throwing the shirt away, and (2) it reduces the thousands of cotton rounds I used to go through every year. Washable is the way to go!!

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    May 20, 2008, 07.33 AMby nehmah

    You are very Green, good for you. The planet needs more of you. I often take donated as in, “Em, here’s a dress/skirt/blouse. Maybe you can find a use for it.” Well, of course I can. Usually mended and given to someone, but only after I turn it inside-out and see how it is constructed. That is how I learned the RTW way of making tops and jackets. Nehmah

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    May 14, 2008, 07.01 AMby marmota-b

    BTW, it reminded me we have a stock of zippers ripped from old clothes at home, and they are very handy, because often they’re a length or colour you would normally have hard time finding in a store.

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    May 13, 2008, 02.03 PMby justelaite

    what can I say? i’m just afected and i’m gonna do smth with a huge pile of ald and useless cloths in my loft! you inspired me;) there are variety of buttons and all other stuff. where I was before? ;D and about fotos, I don’t see them too, but I think there shouldn’t be any. just ho to witout fotos. just text.

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    May 13, 2008, 03.10 AMby squirrellypoo

    the photos are all coming up as black for me? I can see photos elsewhere on the site, just not in this How To?? (I’m on FF 2.0 on OSX for the bug-slayers)

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    May 12, 2008, 05.36 AMby marmota-b

    …or little scraps of fabric used as a filling in pillows or stuffed animals.

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