Fabric Salad

Green goodness for quilters and sewists

68 pounds

According to Earth 911, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person, per year. Not give away, not hand down to others, just put in a bin and drag to the curb.

All those tossed textiles started me thinking about the Gees Bend quilts.┬áThe women of this small Southern community weren’t throwing away 68 pounds of clothing every year. They made do (and made art) with what they had: Worn jeans, shirts, work pants and other bits of fabric.

Gees Bend quilt

Of course, quilters have been using scraps of cast-off clothing for years.

So here’s a challenge for you: What could you do with some of the clothing or textiles that you, your family or friends might otherwise throw away?

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