Cheap, Eco-Friendly Source for Fabric

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I have a this little problem where I can’t seem to go a week without cruising through my local thrift stores. There are tons of them in the Boston area. One of the things I like to buy are old sheets and pillowcases because it is a cheap source of fabric and you can often find funky old patterns from the 1960’s and 1970’s or perhaps some nostalgic Star Wars sheets from the 1980’s. This is a great way to re-use existing fabric and also to do some trial and error sewing without ruining more expensive fabric.

Here are just a few of the many, many things Craftster members have made from thrifted sheets and pillowcases. To find more, use the Search box at the top of the Craftster Forum.

armband purse
by Leah (me!)
by juniperl13
smurf bedsheet dress
by sallysparks
powerpuff girls purse
by afrodite
by livilovesolives
by Leah (me!)
by Lia
spiderman skirt
by GoombaLoveDisaster

(if I missed any really awesome projects, let me know via the email link on the right)

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  1. Aimee says:

    O.O I need to learn how to sew!

  2. chester says:

    i agree. i have a beautiful 50’s style circle skirt that i bought the pattern and the sheet from at a thrift store, and everytime i wear it out i get so many compliments. my mother in law has so many funky sheet sets from the 60’s to 80’s and i fantasize about what i’d make them into. but i know if i stole a sheet and wore it, she’d probably get pretty mad

  3. meghan says:

    i wish i still lived in MA. i grew up in west roxbury. me and my sister used to go to dollar a pound, but now i live in savannah where i go to school, and all they have here are crappy salvation armys. And there’s a 6 percent tax on clothes. i swear it cruel and inhumane!

  4. susan says:

    oh man.. i have the exact same fabric as leah in the picture and i made some really cute lounge/pj type pants!!!
    i love reusing old sheets as fabric 🙂

  5. ladygoat says:

    Oh my! They’re all so lovely! I must get out the sewing machine and figure out how to actually use it.

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