Thursday, July 3, 2008

Stinky Rag Ball 101

So, you have acquired a large box of rag balls. That kind of smell like an old woman's dirty clothes hamper that's been forgotten in the basement for two years. But they still look cool. What do you do?


Step One: Unwind the rag balls.


Step Two: Begin cutting the rag balls apart, collecting the individual strips in a basket...


...and the connecting bits in a cigar box, since you're too lazy to pick apart all the stitching holding the balls together...


...and come up with some ideas for what to DO with the connecting bits...


Step Three: Admire the giant pile of fabric strips. Do not admire the smell.


Step Four: Handwash thoroughly with Woolite in a bucket in the middle of the kitchen. Ignore odd looks from the husband.


Step Five: Hang up the wet strips to dry, making a really cool-looking flag banner that spans the dining room. Make it difficult for your husband to get to the washer and dryer. Laugh when he almost decapitates himself by walking into the line strung all over the room.


Step Six: Iron out all of the dried strips of fabric. Admire. Let them sit on your ironing board for several weeks until you know what to do with them.

7 comments:

Judi W. said...

Looks like a scrappy strip quilt to me!

art spirit said...

Hi Cindi...love all those fabrics! Can't wait to see what you do with them...
what were they originally used for?

Shashi Nayagam said...

I too see a quilt in them. My you must have a lot of patience to sit and iron them all.

Sara Lechner said...

you're a recycling queen! I have a new art textile recycling blog and I love this possibility, it inspires me!

Lori in South Dakota said...

Love those strips!! If you get tired of them......ROFL! Love the blog.

katie said...

wow! a labour of love - and I L-O-V-E the result - this stuff makes my mouth water - i see a random sewing up and then some really lovely bags?

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

your doodlings are INCREDIBLE!

Your rags are INSPIRATIONAL!

Now what's this about stinky balls?

*snort*
~Monica