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I have just joined the site and thought you might like to see a rug made from recycled fleece jackets. They are very cheap to buy in the charity shops, there are some brilliant colors and make a super rug.
Instead of buying super expensive fleece hammocks and bedding for ferrets or other small fuzzy animals, I buy old fleece winter hats and baby blankets from the thrift stores.
The hats that have ties or velcro straps can be secured to the sides of the cage. My fuzzies love them and they are so cheap I can toss them out when they get too worn out or unwashable.
By akGirl from Anchorage, AK
I take the little bit of fleece, and cut little legs on either side of the little scrap, and then pull it to stretch it. It looks like a little bug. You can draw eyes on them or just leave them.
They are a big hit with the little kids and the animals try to steal them all the time.
This guide is about making a fleece scarf. A inexpensive, cozy wrap can be made with this material.
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I have little squares of fleece leftover from making blankets. Any suggestions for uses?
Connie from Owosso
I once bought some "cat toys" at a craft show. The woman had cut the fleece into little strips, about 3" Long, and 1/4" wide. She then stacked them, and tied a longer piece of fleece (more like a long string) around the stack, in the center. As she tightened the "string" to tie the knot, the stack of fleece became gathered into a ball shape.
If you have ever shopped at wal mart and gone through the craft area you may have seeen a prepackaged fleece quilt the squares are cut 6x6, then strips along the sides to attach to the other squares until you reach the size you want fron doll quilt to king depending on supple
Depending on the size of the squares, you could make coasters using two thicknesses.
Trace a chil'ds hands, and make mittens.
Sew a number of squares together to make a scarf.
Make litlle sachets and stuff them with pot pourri.
Cut out 2 shapes, sew together, reverse,stuff lightly, trim, attach ribbon or cord loop at top, and hang on your Christmas tree.
how about beads ?!
How about sewing them together and making a quilt, or sew enough together to make a vest to wear, or doggie coats . rose
---> I'd use them like FELT... You could make those sticky flannel boards for kids... with shapes etc.
---> How about a baby quilt?
---> Sew them together for throw pillows
---> Make Barbie or doll clothes
---> Cut out leaf shapes glue 2 together with a wire between them, cut out flower petals & make flowers, or flower pins & barrettes... (See how they make ribbon flowers for ideas)
---> Cut into strips and tie on a barrette blank.
---> Cut into strips & make a Christmas wreath by tying them on a hanger or poking the strips into a foam wreath (with a knitting needle or the end of a paint brush) put a bit of glue on the middle & let ends hang out.
you could cut out two small squares say 4 inches by 4 inches and sew up 3 sides like a cushion and pop left over scraps of soap inside then sew up the 4th side and put on the soap dish or beside the bath they will lather up quite well for washing hands and wont make a mess of the sink either, they wont last long but at least they would get used
also could fleece be chopped up and used for pet bedding such as hamster or gerbil?
I make soft rattles with them. I cut them into shapes (stars, trees, dolls, moons, whatever you like) and sew them up and fill them with stuffing and a couple of jingle bells. Little kids love the sound of the jingle bells (and they can't swallow them if they're inside the toy) and they are very cuddly.
sew together, and stuff for pillows. you chose the size.
I have a lot of thin pieces cut from evening up the sides of the blankets before preparing, along with the "cut out corners"/squares. I read the APA needs toys and blankets for kittens. One of the toys is a mouse made with scrap material and filled with cat nip. Thinking about that. But I'm curious if the strips can be used to construct a latch hook "fleece" rug? Has anyone tried that?
I am starting to make slippers with the fleece scraps. You'll need some Jiffy Grip for the sole, then a piece of fleece, depending on how big the slipper, perhaps 8 in. long and 5 in. wide, then a piece of knit ribbing for the ankle. I found an old slipper someone had made my granddaughter years ago, so I just took that as a pattern. You really just need to trace the foot for the Jiffy Grip, then the same for the fleece, only you need to make it a little larger so it can come up to the ankle, then attach a piece of ribbing. Confusing? I hope not. I just wrote it like I make it. I'm visiting at my daughter's right now, but if anyone is interested, I could upload a photo when I get home tonight.
Use the squares as advertisements for the next fleece blanket project (if you're doing it as a church youth group project or as a teen activity at a school/library). My church uses the squares and puts a sticky label on it with the information needed for donations for the next year.
I make more blankets with the scraps. I cut the scraps into squares, then single crochet around the block and then join the squares together. Makes a nice patchwork blanket
I use my scraps to make teddy bears to donate to law enforcement agencies to give to kids who have been in accidents or domestic abuse situations. They're nothing fancy, but they're soft and cuddly. It gives kids something to hold on to. I found a simple one piece pattern on the internet. Cut two pieces the same for front and back. I bought eyes and noses since I was afraid to use buttons. The features could be embroidered if you wanted to. I used my copier to enlarge/reduce the pattern to use with different size scraps. To dress up the bears I put a ribbon bow around the neck and tacked it several places to keep it in place.
Make a garland for tree, windows, or mantle.
I received a nice fluffy fleece throw, but it it too warm for me. How else can I use it?
If you have a closet to cover, or a window you keep getting drafts through, pushpin this over it. If you want, get binder clips and evenly space them. Then, get shower curtain rings and thread the clip rings through them. and slid a rod through the rings. You then have a nice curtain. This is one I won a contest for.
Use at the end of the bed to add color, drape over a chair, or the sofa, re-gift....
Donate to homeless shelter; blankets are always welcome!
Fleece doesn't ravel. So if you'd like, you can cut it into strips and make winter scarves. Frankly, I like Janet's idea to use it to add color and texture in your home. The foot of the bed is a popular place to display something colorful or over a chair.
What can I use fleece scrapes for?
I use mine for making rag rug pictures.