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« on: October 09, 2005 07:21:25 PM »

Okay, so a friend's mom gave me this HUGE bag of leftover cheapie acrylic yarn, and in it were a bunch of these crocheted sampler-type squares, in all different kinds of stitches.

They're also all slightly different sizes, so I think a quilt-type project is out of the question.  They also smell unfortunately of Old Lady House, but I think a good airing-out will help fix that.

Any ideas?  Anyone?  Anyone?  I could take the easy way out and just use them as trivets, but that's so boring !  Let's get some Craftster inspiration going on here!

« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2005 07:28:31 PM »

I think I would still make a quilt out of them despite the size difference.

I'd take a brightly colored yarn (a blue, maybe?) and give them each a border.  I'd make them have different thicknesses of borders so that they would all end up the same size (small squares get big borders, big squares get skinny borders...), then attach them together with the same color.
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2005 10:54:52 AM »

Ooooooo, they're labeled and everything!  I'd pick out my favorites to frame, label and all, and make little bags with the rest.  Or sew them onto quilt squares, then it wouldn't matter what size they were.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2005 11:48:23 AM »

I think they'd make a nice tote bag--stick 'em on the outside of a pillowcase cut down to size, add some handles, and voila! I think it might work...

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2005 09:16:54 PM »

you could use them as pockets on  bag.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2005 01:59:37 PM »

It looks like there are some elaborate stiches in a few of them--- pick the best and mount them on a colorful mat and frame them.  Everyone needs cheap chic art for their house.  Best of all the old lady smell wont seep through the glass.

Or you could feature one or two on a pillow--- stitch it onto a piece of fabric or make a LOG CABIN pillow (alternating strips around a center sqaure as the sq. gets bigger) with the crochet square featured

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2005 02:16:26 PM »

If they're acrylic, you can throw them in the washer and dryer to get rid of the musty smell. 

I love the suggestion of using a contrast yarn to crochet along one or two edges and bring every square up to the same size.  Then lay them out on the floor to come up with a plan for sewing them together. 

Or . . . if you have a large window, get a sheer curtain.  Stitch your patches on here and there.

Have a dark colored skirt or jacket, even one that's worn or stained?  Slap a few of these beauties on random places. 



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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2005 07:46:07 PM »

If you don't want a quilt, you could put them together to make a unique scarf, and maybe even a matching bag or whatever. But I think they would make a really cool long scarf  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2005 08:24:50 PM »

what if you dye them different colors, sew 'em together and make a lap blanket from them.
or dye them and make a scarf? i think that sounds like a good idea.

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2005 08:36:37 PM »

Those look like they are from the 63 squares afghan, it's a Leisure Arts book. I'm working on it right now, actually, I thought it would be neat to make a project that has all different squares, even if the end result looks kind of cheesy. It's a huge afghan, though. I like the idea of making a tote bag with them. You could try and make the size differences emphasized to have sort of patchwork look, some of the squares I made are really stretchy.
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