Ripped or Torn Clothing (Sweaters, Shirts, Jeans, etc.)
These can easily be turned into the rag rugs, pot holders, book covers, pillow case covers , pouches or even wallets. The clothing even those it is torn, ripped or ruined in some other way can easily be used for other fabric projects.
Rag rugs are made of strips of material and can be braided or sewed together. Pot holders can be made in the same rag rug fashion, just on a smaller scale.
Book covers are the same as when we all covered are books in school with paper bags, except now using material. They can be sewed on the edges or sewing glue can be used instead to attach the corners together to fit over the book.
Pillow cases are large, rectangular sacks essentially. Sewing around the edges and strips of material can be used to make the case or large sections of material will work also. Very little sewing is required and they can be made for any size pillow.
Pouches are small and are perfect for using left over scrape material and pieces of clothing. A zipper can be added to the top or a button for the closure. They are small and the sewing is pretty simple. They can also be made in a variety of shapes, not just square or rectangular. Draw string pouches or even pouches in other shapes can be made.
Wallets require a little bit more sewing, but a current wallet can be used for the pattern. Card holders can added, as well as any necessary zippers or snaps too.
Vases, Ceramics and Other Broken Glass Wear
Glass wear can be used again and again. Broken vases, ceramics and other glass pieces don’t need to be thrown away, instead they can be broken into smaller pieces to make mosaics with. Mosaics can be used for picture frames, around mirrors and even as stepping stones. The broken pieces are placed together to make images, pictures or words on another surface. Grout is used to adhere them to the surface. A clear coat can be applied to weather proof them too.
Wood Furniture and Other Wood Decor
Wood is a great material since it can be sanded and used again and again, simply by adding paint or weather proofing clear coat.
Old wooden furniture can be taken apart and made into new pieces. Wood working does require some wood tools and knowledge of their uses for safety reasons. However, smaller projects can be done with wood, such as wooden picture or mirror frames, small tables and breakfast trays.
The wood will need to be sanded and all nails or screws removed. However, there is no reason to get rid of anything that is made of real wood, especially because wood has become very expensive even for the lower grades available.