I knew you did. Who would throw all of that great material away?
A rag bag isn't just a frugal way of re-making your cast-offs into something useful, it's also a fun place to let your imagination go wild. I love my rag bag, because there is always something in there that I can use to fire my imagination.
I have found that there are some things that are just impractical to save, though. I can't come up with any useful ways of re-purposing bras and underwear. Although I have tried to re-use the elastic from them, they are usually too worn or stretched out by the time they make it to the rag bag.
Other things that I have found too impractical to save as material:
- coats or clothing with many decorative seams - the useable material between the seams is too small to be of use
- socks - these are good as dusting cloths though, so save them for that
- slick, slinky polyester or nylon - I find this material too hard to handle and difficult to sew
The best things to keep in the rag bag:
- cotton or blend sheets - remake into pillows, throws, window quilt backs, crocheted rugs
- towels - remake into wash cloths, rugs, cleaning rags
- curtains - remake into pillows, quilts, window quilt backs, crocheted rugs
- tablecloths - remake into any of the above
- cotton or blend dresses - remake into pillows, quilts, shirts
- flannel, cotton, or blend shirts - remake into napkins, pillows, quilts
- fleece or sweat pants and shirts - remake into reusable cloths for the Swiffer or Wet Jet mop, cleaning cloths when you need a material that holds water, throws
- sturdy polyester or nylon - remake into pet beds, pillow covers for outdoor furniture
- denim - remake into floor pillows, sit-upons, bed pillows, throws, purses or totes, rugs