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« on: September 13, 2011 08:29:25 AM »

Maybe someone out there can help me, I was going through all of my sewing patterns last night and I was about to toss them into the recycling bin when I realized that most of them were either uncut, or probably still had all of their pieces.  I was going to try and sell them on eBay, but after I looked at some other sellers, I realized that most of them had zero bids.  Is there anything i could do with these patterns or does good will accept them as donations?  I really don't want to toss them if they are in a good condition
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011 08:43:56 AM »

Goodwill does accept patterns - at least, ours does. 

And I think pattern papers would be an interesting element in a collage... Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011 08:57:38 AM »

Thrift stores will take them, or you could try ebay or etsy--just price them low enough that people will be interested.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012 05:21:19 AM »

I use old patterns to wrap any orders I make or presents, it makes a nice touch. Alternatively, you could try something like this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376230.msg4437687#msg4437687 I used a naked mannequin and old paper patterns to create a pretty awesome decoupage display/piece of art! There's a tute there too Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2012 11:47:14 AM »

Thanks for all of the tips!  I still have the patterns, I am such a slacker....
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2012 07:09:25 PM »

OMG - they would make such a great background for a mixed media art piece - just imagine if you could make a torso shape, or take an old mannequin and podge the old pattern pieces on that - that would look great in a sewing room.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012 01:39:10 AM »

OMG - they would make such a great background for a mixed media art piece - just imagine if you could make a torso shape, or take an old mannequin and podge the old pattern pieces on that - that would look great in a sewing room.
lol exactly - see the link I posted above!! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2012 06:28:00 AM »

I use old patterns instead of tissue paper for packing orders/gifts.  Ti with some vintage-y ribbon and it makes just about anything look fab Smiley  It is just tissue paper, you can always find a use for tissue paper
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2012 05:37:25 PM »

I've used them to decoupage a manniquin form to act as a "skin"  before I dressed her gothic Victorian style.
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