Our mothers and grandmothers always looked for ways to recycle. It wasn’t that it was an ‘in’ thing…it was just a way of life…’making ends meet’.
‘Making do’. We’ve become such a disposable society here that for a good long while, no one thought much of recycling. Then a number of years ago, folks decided that the landfills were getting filled up. And the oceans are being ruined with non biodegradable products. So recycling has once again started to become a way of life for many.
Now, when George brought down a shirt that he decided he no longer wanted, my 1st response was to put it in a bag to donate. Yes, that’s a good thing to do, but then I thought. I’d had in the back of my mind to pick up some very inexpensive fabric that I could use for the backing squares for a string quilt and/or a crazy quilt (I’ve been accumulating selvage strips & lots of small pieces). Then I thought…heh, his off-white broadcloth shirt would cut up NICE for backing squares!! So, off it went to the sewing room & was quickly cut up into 8″ squares. I appease myself for not donating it by the fact that it WAS fairly worn and there may have been a stain or 2 on it.
At any rate, I now have my backing squares at no cost. Gramma knew best…make do.