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« on: June 05, 2008 08:31:59 AM »

So I'm in this unit for wounded soldiers, and we get donations all the time! (If any of you guys have donated, thanks, we appreciate it!) Well, here's an awesome one: a linens factory donated 144 pillow cases! And 288 flat sheets! So I took a huge stack of sheets for dresses (yay!) and then my squad leader knock on my door and hands me four stacks of a dozen pillow cases each. No one was taking them, and he knows my love of all things fabric. The question is... Now what? I was thinking skirts, and maybe a bunch of backpacks, but come on, that's a dozen, tops. I've got 48 of these things! What do you guys think?
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008 10:50:06 AM »

That's too funny.  I work for a linen company and I also have a stack of off-white pillow cases, along with lots of other linen, towels, scrubs, etc. that I can't stand to see thrown away.  They are all in a corner awaiting some kind of transformation.  If you don't mind, I am going to anxiously watch the replies here.  Everything is perfectly usable, they just can't be used for customers because they are slightly yellow from all the chemicals we use.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 05:25:36 PM »

My first thought is get some dye from someplace like Dharma and go dye crazy! Then you'll many different colored fabrics.
I have a little girl, so making dresses out of pillowcases is a possibility. Or diapers. Or pants.
You could make a patchwork dress or skirt for yourself or a child. Or a quilt. All of this is possible now that the pillowcases are different colors.
I'll await other more well thought out ideas.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008 11:00:32 AM »

i was definately looking into making an offering to the gods of Rit, so I like the baby dress idea (one of my battle buddies just had a baby girl!). Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008 05:37:34 PM »

Grocery/Market bags?
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008 06:10:35 AM »

if i had tons of pillow cases i would make a blankie with like three layers (good for picnics and such)
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008 06:18:23 AM »

you could make them into bags really easily
or dye them
cut them into squares and make a patchwork anything
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2008 02:22:52 AM »

Am I really the only one who immediately thought "PILLOW FIGHT PARTY!"  ?

You could also decorate them for Halloween and sell them for trick or treaters.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2008 08:14:27 PM »

Thinking of small pieces of fabric... You could make all sorts of toys (like pillowcase dolls) and Christmas ornaments.
Your wounded soldiers might like a toy to send back to their children, or perhaps a  battered woman's shelter would like stuffed toys. You would have 5 months until Christmas...
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2008 01:28:42 PM »

Once you've dyed them to whatever color suits you, use the basic case as backing and set up one side with a woven ribbon pattern to be sewn on, fill with stuffing of your choice and use as beautiful gifts. you can make them smaller by taking in the sides on the inside before decorating. Sounds like you have a treasure on your hands. Have fun.
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