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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 24th Aug 09, 9:13 AM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 9:13 AM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 9:13 AM
    Try this - uses for old towels

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    • 24th Aug 09, 9:30 AM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 9:30 AM
    My Mum used to cut up old sheets and use them as dusters.
    • juliejim
    • By juliejim 24th Aug 09, 9:30 AM
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    I take mine to the animal shelter.
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    • Bitsy Beans
    • By Bitsy Beans 24th Aug 09, 9:32 AM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 9:32 AM
    I agree with Julie. Try an animal shelter.
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  • valk_scot
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    • 24th Aug 09, 10:27 AM
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    Cut them down into squares about two feet by two feet and keep them for cleaning cloths. We got given a stack of towelling nappies 15 years ago when our first child was born and though we never used them as actual nappies they were invaluable as "dribble cloths" for all sorts of things...mopping up juice and pee, lining the changing mat etc. Now our kids are pretty big but I still have the dribble cloths plus a big pile of toweling squares of the same size. I use them for mopping up spills, as dusters, floor drying cloths, cleaning the windows...anything you can use a j-cloth for, you can use a toweling square for, really.

    Sheets can be cut up for fancy dress outfits, made into drawstring bags to store laundry in, shoe bags for school, lining for curtains, backing for cushions etc. Pillowcases make great storage bags for sweaters etc over the summer...they allow the wool to breathe, unlike plastic storage bags.
    • boiler_man
    • By boiler_man 24th Aug 09, 12:14 PM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 12:14 PM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 12:14 PM
    I keep old sheets to use as dust sheets when decorating
  • floss2
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    • 24th Aug 09, 12:16 PM
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    I took single bedding and towels to our local homeless overnight shelter.
    • rugbybabe77
    • By rugbybabe77 24th Aug 09, 12:42 PM
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    • 24th Aug 09, 12:42 PM
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    i recently put some on freecycle and had lots of interest (more than I would of expected). mine ended up going to a lady who's dog had just had puppies!

    we did keep a few in the garage to wipe down bikes and other outdoor toys.
  • Valley's girl
    I keep old sheets to use as dust sheets when decorating
    Originally posted by boiler_man
    I also use them for dust sheets for decorating.
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  • katie jane
    bedding could be made into a patchwork quilt for winter. x
    • morganlefay
    • By morganlefay 19th Oct 09, 6:47 PM
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    VERY old blankets
    I am having a big clearout prior to moving and have discovered a number of really old blankets which I acquired from my parents (so some of them are wartime (1939-45) ones). Not very pretty - some of the are grey - perhaps my Pa's from the army - who knows? They are thick, not motheaten and still servicable, but clearly very old and not at all appealing. I could take them to charity shop - but I wouldn't buy them if in search of blankets. Or I could put them in the fabric recycling bins, but what would you do ? Can anyone think of something more useful or creative I could do with them ?
    • Mags_cat
    • By Mags_cat 19th Oct 09, 6:54 PM
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    Have you got any curtains that need a thick winter lining?

    Or perhaps make a door curtain to keep out the cold - you could always use a cheap piece of material to cover up the drabness

    On the charity front - what about the local animal shelter - I bet they won't care what they look like!
  • MrsAnnie
    A petowner that has dogs (possibly an animal shelter) could put them to use. A friend always gives me her old towels to use for my dogs and I am always pleased for the hand downs.

    Put them on Freecycle; someone will gladly take them off your hands!
    • oystercatcher
    • By oystercatcher 19th Oct 09, 6:59 PM
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    I remember sleeping under those sort of blankets as a child !!

    I was wondering if they would make a warm lining for a patchwork quilt or a base for rug making for someone crafty. The ones I remember were a bit like wooly hessian so could have wool hooked into them perhaps?
    • esmf73
    • By esmf73 19th Oct 09, 7:01 PM
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    I'd have them like a shot from Freecycle - to do exactly what Mags_Cat suggested with curtains. I'd add extra linings to my curtains in Yorkshire and then any left over would be kept for bedding - Not bothered what they look like when I have my eyes closed!!! LOL
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    • soappie
    • By soappie 19th Oct 09, 7:01 PM
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    Do you have a homeless shelter near you that you could donate them too? Or, if you're brave, find your nearest homeless down and out sleeping place and just hand them out. I've done that in the past...
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    • BonandDom
    • By BonandDom 19th Oct 09, 7:03 PM
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    Most animal shelters will take them if you don't know any pet owners who would be grafteful - i would give big hugs to anyone who offered them to me
  • alittlebitofmagic
    How about putting under your bottom sheet in your bed? Old blankets are so warm and I find that it makes a real difference. Maybe keep one for the car if you do not have one in it, for breakdowns etc
    • charlies-aunt
    • By charlies-aunt 19th Oct 09, 7:08 PM
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    Its a testament to the old fashioned quality of our wool manufacturers that these blankets are still going strong

    Do you have a Salvation Army or Red Cross near you? - I am sure that they would be delighted to receive these good quality blankets.

    Our local animal shelter appreciates any donations of blankets, duvet, towels etc so I'm sure that that would be another good option

    .. or lay them out of site under your bottom bed sheet to keep you extra toasty
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