by asterixsew Moderator 25d ago

I was given 5 pure wool tartan kilts last week. Any ideas what I could do with re cycling the fabric into something "interesting". Currently I'm at a loss other than passing them onto a charity shop but do like some of the fabric. Thanks for reading and hopefully answering my question.


by spendlove Moderator 23d ago

A lady I know is making this.

by basketkase 24d ago

How 'bout some fingerless mitts.......I used some old wool sweaters that I felted and devised a design to stitch the fingerless gloves ITH......they all sold at my last show.......

by 02kar Moderator 24d ago

I like the idea of cushions, a skirt or a vest. How about a jacket. there is a LOT of fabric in a kilt so you have plenty of fabric to do whatever you like when you disassemble the pleats. If you can find out what each tartan happens to be, it would be nice to make a picture identifying the name of the tartan to hang on the wall. Or maybe you could make a lap quilt that would be very warm for someone. They would make warm doggie coats. You can use it in anything so long as it doesn't need to be washed. You could even use it as a table runner. Have fun running ideas through your mind and show off what you end up making.

by spendlove Moderator 25d ago

You've got some great suggestions - and probably enough fabric to try all of them!

by pennifold 25d ago

Congratulations first of all on the great gift of those tartans. I agree with Kim about undoing the pleats and making something else from it. First of all, are any of the kilts the same fabric? If they are maybe you could make a beautiful vest for winter. Or what about making a skirt? Love to hear what you come up with. Love Chris

by airyfairy 25d ago


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asterixsew by asterixsew 25d ago

Maybe and thanks for the suggestion *4u

by dragonflyer 25d ago

Wow...lucky you...if they are pleated, you could take them apart and rescue lots of many things they could mind is racing!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 25d ago

Thanks for the reply and when you think of ideas do share *4u

by graceandham 25d ago

With that much yardage consider making a hooked wool rug. There is a pricey little cutter tool kind of like a rolling pin that slices your lovely woolens into 1/4 inch strips, Then you need a piece of burlap (you may call it something else?) the size you want your rug to be. And you need a rug hook. It is one of those things like knitting and crocheting that is rhythmic and comforting to do.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 25d ago

Thanks for your suggestions and *4u

by gerryb 25d ago

"Felt" them by washing in hot water & hot dryer. Will draw them up a LOT and then it's a neat pc of wool for applique, patches, etc. Google felted wool projects.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 25d ago

Thanks for your suggestions and *4u