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« on: October 02, 2011 11:42:09 PM »

I was just given a Kermit-colored green chenille bedspread about 70x96 inches. It has the fluffy, terry-like side and the cotton weave, non-fluffy side. It's a bit thin, not thick, but I was wondering if anyone has ever repurposed anything like this into bath towels. And if so, did you double it up so it's fluffy on both sides?

Any other ideas are welcome. Already thought of the usual: pillows, bathmat, robe...but not only do I need bath towels, I'm looking for new ideas before I cut this baby up!

Is chenille absorbent or better used for decorative purposes?


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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011 07:51:08 PM »

the beadspreads I saw on google were polyester fluffiness, which isn't absorbant.
Is yours the white one with all the little "popcorn" like bits of fluff on it?
It would look like a nice outer shower curtain (the one that doesn't get wet)

Or why don't you sew a flat flannel (ibex?) sheet to the back of it, to make it a warmer bedspread?
I do that with mine...and they're toasty!

Hope you find a solution - cheers!

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013 04:25:32 PM »

I'm not sure if you're still looking for ideas but here are a few that I've found. Also I'm not sure exactly how fluffy the bedspread is but I think all of the crafts would work with any type of material really.

Car Mustache - as pictured at http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/How-ride-share-services-skirt-taxi-rules-3835566.php  - To make this I would suggest to draw a template of the mustache shape you want out of a big sheet of cardboard then cut it out (maybe even have multiple cardboard sheets for stability) then glue them all together and let dry. Trace the mustache shape on the material, cut out and set it aside. Next make at least two holes in the cardboard mustache and thread sturdy wire through. (This is so you can attach it to your car.) Now you can adhere the fabric cut out to the cardboard template. You could glue it down or try to pull it tight enough and staple it down on the back side. Let it dry completely once again and you're done! Use the wires as twist ties to attach the mustache to the front of your vehicle.

Frankenstein Hanging Car Dice - as pictured at http://www.beserk.com.au/homewares-1762027606/hanging-dice-monster-blockhead  - I can't sew to save my life, but I'm sure it's fairly easy to sew a few blocks and fill them with stuffing. You can add the hair, eyes, and other stuff once the blocks are complete. Connect the two blocks using ribbon or braided yarn to hang on the rearview mirror.

Fabric Box - as explained at http://perpetualplum.wordpress.com/2008/02/16/building-a-basket-using-vintage-fabrics-and-grommets/  - There are tons of tuts for fabric boxes, I just really liked this design

Room Dividers/Folding Screens - similar to the one explained at http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Woodworking/Woodworking-Projects/partition-any-living-space-to-make-a-private-room/View-All  - My cheat way of doing that craft would be to use an old folding screen or wooden doors (with hinges so they fold appropriately) and a staple or hot glue gun. Affix the material to the frame, making sure it's stretched tightly, and let dry if gluing.

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