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« on: April 02, 2007 05:20:57 AM »

So yeah, that pretty much tells everything. I got 6 boxes, make that really BIG boxes, of fabrics. They vary from velvet to satin, lycra to cotton. There's everything!

The problem is that I have no idea what to do with them. I'd want to do myself something punky or gothy, but anything else is fine, too.
Sooo, I was hoping that you creative geniuses could help me a bit here, give me some suggestions and ideas...!
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007 06:03:11 AM »

well,  anythinging,  or bags   would  be  great,,,, also  you could  enter the  OFFER what  you have swap and  swap  some  out.  do  personal  swaps  with some. I am  always  looking for  material....I like cottons   and  that  kind  best....
 there is a fill a flat rate box  swap  coming  again I  believe I heard  said.  and  that  is a  great  way to get  some  material  gone and  get  different  stuff in return.

skirts, dresses, corsets, 
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007 06:52:09 AM »

Well who wouldn't love bags...! I could also think about doing some sort of swap, it's not a bad idea, at all. Though, I'd really like to sew something, even for a swap. But thanks for the great ideas, I'll give them some serious thinking!

Ha, what amuses me the most is the fact that as we speak, my mom is diving in the boxes and searching for some fabrics suitable for her quilting.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007 08:17:19 AM »

Well who wouldn't love bags...!
When you have a piece of fabric you don't know what to do with, you can always make a bag! And one never has enough of them anyway Grin.
Skirts are fine as well, most of the time.

You could have your own Use What You Have-month (or two months, or even a year is you have that much fabric Tongue), it really makes you creative because well, you have to do with the fabric you allready have. It's good for your wallet as well Cool.

another thing I do sometimes is hang a piece of fabric somehwere I can frequently see it without planning to look at it, and just think: 'would this make a cool top? what kind of skirt would look nice out of this fabric?' - make the fabric inspire you. It doesn't do that when it's in a box Wink.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007 06:05:17 PM »

bags are always a great way to use up fabric but so are pillows and cushions! I'm sure there is something in there that would go with your decor. Of course there are jackets and such as well. Sometimes if you look at a grat piece of fabric it will tell you what it wants to be!  Wink I know everyone in my house thinks that's insane but I'm sure many here at craftster will understand that I don't need to be locked up unless it's in my room with a sewing machine!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007 08:05:18 PM »

Chances are that if the velvet is real velvet and it has been stored in a mix of fabric (weight) in a box, the velvet isn't much good (sorry).  If it is velveteen it stands a pretty fair chance of survival.  Also, satins and acetates will often stiffen when they are stored. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007 08:14:39 PM »

If you've ever wanted to try quilting, this may be a good time to start Smiley Maybe a crazy quilt?!
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2007 01:20:28 AM »

Thanks for all the great ideas! I think I have now lots of ideas I could give a try... I think I'm going to make atleast a couple of bags and maybe some pillows and clothing. My mom shall do the quilting xD

Oh, and paroper, the fabrics haven't been stored for long time, just to get them over to my place. In fact, I have already taken most of them out of the boxes so they should get some air.

And Serinde, thanks for the tip on getting some inspiration, I think it'll work..!
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2007 10:14:22 AM »

Bags and such are cool...but I would be lax if I didn't mention the potential for a funky coat. (They do require a good deal of material though). Have fun!
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2007 12:57:57 PM »

ooorrrrrrrrrr you could send some on to meee lol yep you have been given great ideas. ive been going thru my stash to come up with quick projects to work on in the car or out n about with time to kill.

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