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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. The 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?

Zig when the others zag

Chevron is all the rage. The folks at Cloud 9 mix it up a bit with a zig zag organic cotton canvasCloud 9 zig zag. Part of the company’s GeoCentric line, the graphic print is perfectly proportioned for a range of projects. You’ll find instructions for a book bag, fabulous tote, knitting needle caddy and more on the company’s blog.