reclaimed textile You can get yourself in the running for a copy of Reclaimed Textiles: Techniques for paper, stitch, plastic and mixed-media by Kim Thittichai by simply leaving a comment in today’s post about your favorite reclaimed material by July 23, 2014.

First let me say this book feels wonderful. It has the softest fabric cover. You just want to pet it. The pages are filled with great tutorials as well as do-able and extreme projects that are sure to inspire. I will go to this book to get my creativity “in the mood” like an athlete warms up and stretches.

More about the book from the Publisher:

“Whether you want to be thrifty and green, or to add a sense of heritage to your work, incorporating old bits of paper, fabric, plastic, and packaging can lead to stunning textile art. Kim Thittichai takes crafters through a range of innovative techniques for reclaiming and recycling, from collage to rag-rugging, giving each style a unique twist. Every chapter includes a step-by-step project for beginners along with new ideas for experienced textilers, and showcases the work of the best textile artists working today.”

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59 Comments so far

  1. Ellie on July 14, 2014 12:52 pm

    My favorite reclaimed material is denim from my son’s jeans- so far, I’ve made a floor pillow (for the dog), pot holders, three coverlets (traditional and Gee Bend-like), two runners, and patches for other jeans- often I run lots of stitching over pieces for new texture; also have taken the seams and rolled them into discs, using all shades of blue with black or red thrown in. This book sounds intriguing! Thanks!

  2. Natalie meeks on July 14, 2014 12:53 pm

    The cover is unique and beautiful!

  3. Angela Varano on July 14, 2014 1:19 pm

    I like to reclaim old jeans or other clothes. I recently cut off several pairs of pants to make them into skirts, and turned the leftover “legs” into a walker bag for my mom to use as she recuperates from knee surgery.

  4. Elizabeth Bee of Apex on July 14, 2014 1:23 pm

    Favorite reclaimed material — scarves and vintage dresses from the thrift store, ready to be re-purposed.

  5. Karen in KS on July 14, 2014 4:27 pm

    I love to use my old clothes to make new clothes for my granddaughters. T-shirts make great dresses and skirts.

  6. SusanM on July 14, 2014 6:59 pm

    Denim! The knees are the only thing that gets worn out on my son’s pants, so I need more ideas for recycling all that lovely fabric, along with all the T-shirts that “aren’t cool” anymore. To turn them into artwork instead of another purse sounds awesome. Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous book.

  7. debbie on July 14, 2014 7:29 pm

    I would rather buy men’s cotton, silk and linen shirts than anything I can find from the fabric stores. I use the fabric for quilts and stitching and for cutting into thin strips for weaving. The prints and textures are incredible.

  8. Ruth Dejam on July 14, 2014 8:06 pm

    My favorite reclaimed material is from Earthspun Yarn. It’s an incredibly soft, thin material made from plastic water bottles and very easy to sew with.

  9. Lee on July 14, 2014 9:18 pm

    I love to use reclaimed wool items – like sweaters or old army blankets and make felted items from them!

  10. Patricia on July 14, 2014 10:36 pm

    I like to use old sheets in my quilts. I also use them to make pillow covers and curtains.

  11. Daisy Rae on July 15, 2014 2:30 am

    I just went on an amazing workshop where I learned to use old linen tablecloths, napkins, aprons, lace, you name it and I’m now working on a small quilt incorporating all these items.

  12. Jane on July 15, 2014 5:00 am

    My favorite thing to up cycle is old wall calendars. The large pictures get folded into beautiful envelopes and the small pictures are used to create matching notecards. Friends and family love receiving these beautiful gift sets.

    Your book looks most interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  13. Alja on July 15, 2014 6:21 am


  14. Donna H on July 15, 2014 9:36 am

    My favorite recycled materials are the various things I’ve held on to for years – scrap fabric, buttons, chopsticks, doll parts, postcards – that I always thought I might want to do something with, but wasn’t sure what that thing might be. It’s wonderful to think “Oh, I have that thing in a box somewhere and it would be perfect for this project!” :)

    This book looks really beautiful and full of wonderful projects. Thanks for another great giveaway!!

  15. Lori Parker on July 15, 2014 12:52 pm

    My favorite success with reusing materials was using my boys baby blankets. I put cut them up and put them in weavings that they could hang on their walls. While I was weaving it was hard not to remember all the wonderful crazy times we had with baby blankets. The time one got left at a store and calling around trying to find which store and to describe the thing. Dirty green rag? No how about a little boys prized possession green in color. And to mention that no one would sleep till we found it.
    The ideas from the book will be great.

  16. Tracy on July 15, 2014 12:54 pm

    old t-shirts. I like to hand dye them and do collagraphic prints with found objects on the fabric then I make fascinator hats out of them, also using the fabric for embellishments on the hats.

  17. Mae Conatser on July 15, 2014 1:07 pm

    I enjoy purchasing gently used wool blankets or garments for felting. There are so many neat projects just waiting to be created from felted wool. Love the book, it’s concept and cover. Thanx for a chance to win.

  18. Sandy on July 15, 2014 1:12 pm

    i like to reuse soda cans for all kinds of art.

  19. Terry on July 15, 2014 1:26 pm

    I love to go to yard or estate sales and picking up a variety of fabrics that might include curtain panels (my sister just made a pair of funky pants with some!) ladies’ hankies, sheets, etc. I also love to get books, to use the pages only, and sometimes the binding only. I’m intrigued by this book. I want to pet it and see for myself if what you say is true! :)

  20. Cindy Moore on July 15, 2014 1:54 pm

    I like to felt thrift store sweaters and use them to makes and vessels.

  21. Renee Zarate on July 15, 2014 2:17 pm

    I love working with cut up old jeans as a reclaimed material. I am curious to see what the book has to offer when it comes to using other materials.

  22. Dennis Mullins Sr on July 15, 2014 2:36 pm

    Old jeans and sheets, I use them all the time. I use sheets as the back for my quilts. This book sounds like something I could really use. Thanks for a chance.

  23. Anne Marie on July 15, 2014 2:39 pm

    old tee shirts & bed sheets – great for rug-making.

  24. Debra on July 15, 2014 3:24 pm

    I love to collect vintage clothing and recycle the buttons, trims and fabric to make new, unique wearable items and bags.

  25. Mary Rokisky on July 15, 2014 3:31 pm

    I am always on the look out for old crochet pieces of any kind to upcycle in my mixed media art.

  26. Femi Roecker on July 15, 2014 4:02 pm

    I like to use vintage fabrics and embroidery in sewing projects.

  27. OHSue on July 15, 2014 5:27 pm

    I am saving all my husband’s and son’s old flannel shirts and hope to someday make a quilt out of them. Of course they are wearing them pretty threadbare.

  28. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on July 15, 2014 5:44 pm

    I’m all about using thrift shop clothes as fabric.

  29. Andrea B on July 15, 2014 5:54 pm

    Yarn – unravel a sweater, give it a quick soak and weight it to straighten it out.

  30. J. Pario on July 15, 2014 6:17 pm

    Old clothes –> New clothes!

    = great fun!

    Currently I’ve been making outfits out of old T-shirts


    old sweaters.

    I’m also braiding T-shirt strips into purses, but I haven’t gotten a tutorial put up on that one yet.

    I’d really love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. ROBIN SHEPARD on July 15, 2014 6:41 pm

    I know this is old, old, old, but I still just love to recycle old blue jeans. I make bags, strip into “yarn” and crochet rugs and use it for “orange peel) quilts.

  32. Sandy on July 15, 2014 7:33 pm

    I love finding unique textiles at the thrift store to recycle.

  33. Janie on July 15, 2014 8:14 pm


  34. Theresa on July 15, 2014 10:24 pm

    I like making purses out of jeans. I like taking junk mail, shredding it and then making handmade paper for cards. One of my favorite things to do is take old vaccine bottles, bead around them and then make necklaces to hold essential oils.

  35. Sarah on July 15, 2014 11:46 pm

    I use all sorts of re-claimed cottons for quilting, re-claimed batting sewn together for the insides, and re-claimed pillow stuffing for new pillows.

  36. lori Urey on July 16, 2014 12:15 am

    I have several up cycle techniques I like to do. I use reclaimed items & material when sewing whenever possible. I repurpose old jewelry in many different projects. I use tile & other objects in my mosaics. My motto is use & reuse whenever possible. I make wind chimes from wine bottles I get from the recycling center, then use the lower half in a craft class I teach to decorate as candle holders or other jars as the person may want to use them.

  37. Cindy Dahlgren on July 16, 2014 4:18 am

    I have a huge collection of jeans from my kids, my husband and myself. I also would love to learn to make rag rugs. I use a lot of glass in my green crafts right now, and I’m a quilter, and use my scraps for lots of things.

  38. Jan on July 16, 2014 6:03 am

    I love to use old clothes in new and unique ways.

  39. Darla on July 16, 2014 6:16 am

    I save almost everything to use in mixed media. Right now I’m using lots of old dictionary pages. I would enjoy reading about other uses for repurposing various bits and pieces.


  40. Barb on July 16, 2014 7:46 am

    I use a lot of reclaimed t-shirts in projects with Girl Scouts, but my favorite materials are magazine pages and used dryers sheets in my mixed media work.

  41. Betty on July 16, 2014 8:18 am

    Thank you for the giveaway. My current favorite reclaimed material is wool- I like to felt it in the washing machine and embroider on it.

  42. Debi on July 16, 2014 9:52 am

    The book sounds very interesting and inspiring! Thank you for the opportunity!

  43. Barbara Godfrey on July 16, 2014 12:41 pm

    I love to recycle denim into hand bags. It’s such a versatile and hard wearing fabric.

  44. Lu P on July 16, 2014 12:50 pm

    I love reusing old textiles and have made a ‘Dinner Jacket’ from a hand-dyed linen tablecloth with quilted silk embellishments. Thank you for this giveaway!

  45. auschick on July 16, 2014 2:07 pm

    I do love reclaimed wood – I really want to get my hubby to make me something from some! I typically sew from new materials but I do have a huge pile of jeans I need to come up with a project for!

  46. kim on July 16, 2014 8:03 pm

    My daughter loves repurposing baby clothes in to american girl doll clothes. I have been on a t shirt scarf kick lately.

  47. Jennifer Cheek-Payan on July 16, 2014 10:39 pm

    I love saving miscellaneous paper items for paper crafting and also re-purposing clothing from thrift stores to use as fabric for sewing. I also sometimes buy milk in glass jars just so I can use the jar as vase later on. Thanks for the chance to win! This book looks fabulous!

  48. nancy l. scott on July 17, 2014 3:42 am

    I love re-using natural textiles: linen, cotton, silk & wool. My fabric stash is in the form of clothes & linens from my favorite local thrift stores. I enjoy making rag bag style purses and patch style totes. This book looks like a real treasure!

  49. Cintra harbach on July 17, 2014 6:42 am

    Used tea bags for making dye…tones down any too bright color & warms up a starck white tshirt.

  50. Alisha on July 17, 2014 9:53 am

    Cool! My mum loves to do this stuff.

  51. Mary D on July 18, 2014 1:22 pm

    I cut us some of my linen dresses and cotton pinstripe dress shirts (no longer wore) and included in my fairly large (10,000 pcs) postage stamp quilt.

    It was hard for me to cut up my perfectly re-wearable denim clothing instead of recycling to another person, but I have a stack waiting for me to cut into for a quilt of some sort.

  52. Marietta on July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

    I think wonderful silky scarves make great knitted reclaimed art. Unfortunately my mom won’t give me any of her many scarves left from the Years when every woman wore scarves daily. She made lovely rag rugs from our worn clothes and saved zippers and buttons that she still has jars of today. I would like to steal some to include in a quilt.

  53. Deanna on July 18, 2014 9:13 pm

    I like anything cotton – old shirts, t-shirts and denim.

  54. margaret on July 19, 2014 3:44 am

    old purses–the more zippers and closures the better;when they get too beat up to use I take apart and get many supplies for future projects

  55. Lynn T on July 19, 2014 4:24 pm

    I don’t have just one favorite! I have been collecting and using old linens, hankies, vintage clothing and their buttons for crazy quilting. I also use junk mail for papermaking, books and magazines for mixed media, and felt, denim and old clothing for quilting.

  56. Kris Westphal on July 19, 2014 7:45 pm

    Clothes that I’ve, eh-hem, grown out of. :-D I actually sold a fabric vase I made from a silk skirt I had worn several years ago. When I go clothes shopping, I think my subconscious is going wild with thinking about future creations that will be made.

  57. Muriel on July 19, 2014 8:55 pm

    I have a box marked ‘clothes to fabric’ where I throw things I love but can’t or don’t wear any longer. . . after I take off the labels for a mini quilt. But my favorite is turning skirts into aprons, they are so pretty, and practical.

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive a copy of this book!

  58. Kathy Davis on July 21, 2014 8:27 am

    I hit the thrift stores to buy wool skirts to make wool applique projects and have even started a hooked rug with the cut up wool.

  59. Christine B. on July 21, 2014 8:29 pm

    I teach elementary school students how to quilt, and this book sounds inspiring! I would love to incorporate new ideas into my lesson plans, and this book would put me on the right track, for certain!

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