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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will make rags out of old clothes.


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Some articles on making rags out of old clothing
  - Turn Old Clothes into Dust Rags
  - Upcycle Old Clothing
  - How to Recycle T-Shirts into Dish Cloths

Related Threads
  - Mending Our Clothes... Do You?
  - Our Grandparents and Frugality
  - Ergonomics of Life





To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
   - upcycle old clothing into rags

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the old clothing
   - an after picture of the rags made from the old clothing
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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I needed more rags, and my husband had a stained shirt perfect for rags!
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T shirt
T shirt
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Cutting it
Cutting it
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All cut up
All cut up
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Pile of rags!
Pile of rags!
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I hope the rags don't need to be hemmed or sewn the way Nicole did so wonderfully...  We always just cut the shirts into squares and call it good enough.  We had three t-shirts with excessively large holes in them so it was time to make them into rags.
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Holey t-shirts
Holey t-shirts
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Pile o rags
Pile o rags
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Submission for new rags out of old clothes bb

I had a wonderful thermal but its sweat stained and too tight to wear! Now I have some awesome textured rags!

Sure beats buying them at harbor freight!

The cuffs seem like they will make some good dish scrubbers!
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Nasty thermal
Nasty thermal
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Swanky new rags
Swanky new rags
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Although I have 'rags' made out of old towels for many years, I made some new rags from a T-shirt to get this BB.


This old T-shirt I 'inherited' is too small. So I use it for making rags.


Rags cut out of T-shirt


Zigzagged the rags with the sewing machine. That's the pile of new rags in the foreground.
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Here are my photos for your review for the Nest - Jeeves (1) - Sand BB: Make Rags from Old Clothes

Today, my sister decided it was closet cleaning day and I decided to use some of the old clothes to make rags and finish my fabric salvage projects.

I started with two pairs of old pajama pants then also cut up two t-shirts since they were stained.
I also started with a pair of scissors then decided to break out the rotary cutting mat and straight edge.
Most of the rags are 10" x 10" with a smaller stack that are 5" by miscellaneous widths.

Here are my photos:
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two pair of pj pants (laying on the bed)
two pair of pj pants (laying on the bed)
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Same pants - I'm holding them up for scale
Same pants - I'm holding them up for scale
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Finished rags on the rotary cutting mat
Finished rags on the rotary cutting mat
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So I took an old shirt and cut it up into rags!  Go me.  I've used like half of it beyond reuse already.  Almost time to recycle another ugly stained shirt.
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before slicing and dicing
before slicing and dicing
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pile of useful rags
pile of useful rags
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These have been languishing on the free shelf, so now they get to become rags
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Free undies looking for a new home!
Free undies looking for a new home!
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Removing the elastic band
Removing the elastic band
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4 rags from 1 pair of undies
4 rags from 1 pair of undies
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I certify this BB complete! Way to take on the challenge!

 
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Here is my BB submission:

Old Clothes:


New Rags:
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My sons school polo shirts are no good to pass on after a year so I harvest for buttons and rags.  The scraps will go in the fabric recycling bin. Here are my pics:

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Shirt
Shirt
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Rags and scraps
Rags and scraps
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