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January is time to throw out the old and I have accordingly been visiting the charity shop, tip and filling my bins. I don't like getting rid of things. The books, especially, are a bother. I have a pile of some 50-odd books of interest which are too filthy or damaged to give to a charity shop yet undeniably of interest. I still don't really have the right idea about what to do with them. Then there are the clothes. Clothes swapping (thanks glittertigger) and the charity shop take care of most types of clothing, but there are still bothers; old t-shirts and jackets I have loved and worn to scruffiness but not unwearability especially. Because, fundamentally, you only need a few painting t-shirts and gardening jackets and I have LOTS. So I'm going to try and get rid of them. Although, see my gallery of departing t-shirts below for just how difficult this is:

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pomma_penses
30th Jan, 2013 09:05 (UTC)
You could make (or have someone else make) a t-shirt quilt? I did this with 30 favourite t-shirt fronts and it's a favourite blanket in this house now.
jinty
30th Jan, 2013 11:05 (UTC)
T shirt quilt! That's an idea: I was going to say that people make cushions from old tees, but then Jrmy (and I, for my old tees) already have quite a few cushions.
girlycomic
30th Jan, 2013 17:06 (UTC)
I was also going to suggest t-shirt quilt, as I've seen them on pinterest & craft sites & thought they looked like a great idea. Hoping to try making on at some point.
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:21 (UTC)
Some of them *are* still pretty good t-shirts though, they just don't really fit me...
shermarama
30th Jan, 2013 19:42 (UTC)
Some of my old t-shirts have already grown old post-alteration - it's relatively easy to do. (Though if doing it on a machine you really need a ball-point needle for the jersey.)
cleanskies
31st Jan, 2013 07:27 (UTC)
I haven't used a sewing machine since mum's old Singer, back in the 80s!
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:20 (UTC)
I had to throw away a t-shirt cushion recently as it had gone a bit weird, but I've been googling and apparently something called interfacing can help with the specific problem I was suffering, er maybe?
shermarama
30th Jan, 2013 19:45 (UTC)
Interfacing is like bonding another layer of fabric to the back of your main fabric, so it makes it hold its shape better without going totally stiff, if that helps?
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 23:34 (UTC)
Yes, the t-shirts need to not be stretchy any more so that makes sense.
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:18 (UTC)
whoof! I've never quilted anything (or done much sewing, TBH) isn't quilting kind of hard?
pomma_penses
30th Jan, 2013 20:42 (UTC)
Well, no, not very. Time consuming, but not hard. And there are lots of home businesspeople who will take in your t-shirts and output you a quilt. I don't personally know anyone who does it but a search should net you at least a few in the UK I should think.
pomma_penses
30th Jan, 2013 20:46 (UTC)
Here is the one I made. I made it harder on myself with the way in which I cut the fabric around each t-shirt panel (in hindsight I could have made it easier on myself) and it's not actually quilted, it's backed with fleece and tied at the corners where the squares meet.

http://gershamabob.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/t-shirt%20quilt
cleanskies
31st Jan, 2013 07:25 (UTC)
Does tied mean sewn in this case? I'm struggling a bit with the terminology!
mockduck
31st Jan, 2013 22:07 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it means knotted: when you make a quilt, you have your top layer, then some fluff (batting in the US and it has another name here, which escapes me), then your bottom layer, and possibly some interfacing too.

One quilting method is to sew in lines, or squares, or squiggly patterns, all over it - that's what makes what we'd traditionally think of as a quilt, with little raised sections bounded by stitching. I tried this on a small scale (iPad case) and it's easy and fun. You can create your own pattern or even a picture, print it on paper, and sew over it, then tear the paper off after.</p>

But if you don't sew, you still need a way to bind the layers together, so you can knot. The end result reminds me of futons.

pomma_penses
1st Feb, 2013 10:09 (UTC)
Here's a website explaining how to "tie a quilt". Yes, it's like knotting - you need some way to keep all your quilt layers from shifting about. There's still a sewing needle involved, but you don't have to shove your entire quilt through the sewing machine.

http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/how-to-tie-quilt.html
stevegreen
30th Jan, 2013 10:05 (UTC)
There are some great designs there. I still have my Caption 2000 shirt, although the logo and lettering have largely faded away.
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:21 (UTC)
memorabilia!!!
I have a lot of caption t-shirts, I could probably make a quilt just from them!
mockduck
30th Jan, 2013 12:15 (UTC)
Hey, I too have a pink Girlfrenzy teeshirt.
jinty
30th Jan, 2013 12:38 (UTC)
I remember a lot of these
me three! Mine is still wearable, though that might be just in the same sense that my Cardiacs tee is still wearable (holes in the sleeves, shapeless).
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:23 (UTC)
Still very much in love with the Girlfrenzy t-shirt
Maybe I should try an alteration

(it really doesn't fit - tight neck, huge sack of a body)
celestialweasel
30th Jan, 2013 15:34 (UTC)
I have a collection of barely wearable / unwearable ones that need making into a quilt when I get round to it. The Gashi-Gashi T-shirt out-lasted the restaurant but isn't wearable any more, alas.
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:25 (UTC)
I wonder how realistic putting them in a bag and saying "I'll make them into a quilt" is though, as they've been in a bag since I moved in under that particular banner
shermarama
30th Jan, 2013 19:20 (UTC)
Man, I have too many old,worn-out band t-shirts that I carry around from house to house but don't know what to do with. (And a quilt doesn't seem right to me. Cushions more a possiblity, I suppose, but what I'd really like to do is turn them into something still wearable.)
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 19:26 (UTC)
Ball dress? Wraparound skirt? Patchwork coat? Dressing gown?
shermarama
30th Jan, 2013 19:37 (UTC)
...dressing gown is curiously tempting. All that well-worn cotton would be lovely and soft, though careful print placement would be required.
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 23:29 (UTC)
Like the magnificent coat the lover wears in The Cook, the theif, his wife and her lover...
shermarama
31st Jan, 2013 21:01 (UTC)
A film I haven't seen, but which has been on my 'that sounds interesting, I should see it sometime' list for a long time, which might just be enough reason to get round to watching it sometime soon.

(Or a jacket? A colleague has a jersey jacket with very push-uppable sleeves that's kind of smart and really not at all at the same time. Patchwork t-shirts would move it yet further down the not-smart scale but feels like it could work somehow...)

(Although one of the band t-shirts I'd really like to re-use has the logo of a band called Wool on it, and going round in a jacket that says 'Wool' in big letters on the back probably wouldn't make much sense. (Not that this used to stop me going round in a t-shirt that said 'Wool' in big letters on the front. Fronts of t-shirts are fair game for anything, I suppose.))

Edited at 2013-01-31 21:06 (UTC)
theoclarke
30th Jan, 2013 22:36 (UTC)
How about sharing the books through BookCrossing.com?
cleanskies
30th Jan, 2013 23:39 (UTC)
especially at this time of year
There's a fine line between acts of creative intervention in public spaces and littering. Although a lot of pubs have decorative bookshelves and I may be able to lose a few there
theoclarke
31st Jan, 2013 18:15 (UTC)
Re: especially at this time of year
There are a couple of BookCrossing zones in Oxford: Sobell Bookshop on St Clements and The Duke's Cut on Park End.
cleanskies
31st Jan, 2013 22:40 (UTC)
Re: especially at this time of year
Duke's Cut! That's a possibility.
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