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Friday, January 27, 2012


I’m linking up to Daffycat's Totally Useless Stitch-a-long.  Where you save your thread ends and miniscule scraps (she calls these ORTs which stands for Old Ratty Threads) and post a picture of them on the date of the new moon each month. 
Well I know the new moon was on Monday, but I was away and I swear this is how my jar looked on Monday. 
Daffycat only saves threads but I love the colourful look of all the teeny scraps too.  I have a lot of them right now from cutting all the two inch blocks.  And this is a FUN stitch-along where you can really keep whatever you want and post when you can. 
I think some people keep their ORTs for stuffing dog beds and such.  I actually throw these away.  This is shocking because I am the kind of person who recycles EVERYTHING!  The summer before last I tried putting all my threads and cotton scraps in my compost heap, but they didn’t decompose all that well.  I guess because they are processed.  And probably the dyes aren’t that great for the garden.
So without further ado, here is my January ORT pile. 
Please don’t fret.  Although some of those piece might LOOK large, I promise you there are no pieces that are useable. 
My jar already has some ends and threads as we build toward the next new moon.  Smile


  1. I enjoyed your post. It’s a lot like college – we should absorb everything we can but ultimately you need to take what you’ve learned and apply it.
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  2. Hum this is a great Idea. I have a green bucket I dump mine in. Sadly the kids are great at emptying it. Will have to think of some where useless to save them at other then the trash can.


  3. Thanks for your snow in the header.

    LOL would you believe I have a jar stuffed with threads and also tiny bits of fabric that sit on my fabric cupboard. they look great amongst the jars of butttons Ric Rac and bells.Must say I won't be saying more though.

  4. I took the basting threads and small bits out for the birds to use in the spring. If I put them in the wastebasket, the dog gets into them.

  5. What a novel idea. I almost filled a 2 litre ice-cream container with threads from the 72 half-metres I Washed, ironed and folded on Thursday! I separate my cotton and polyester pieces -- the cotton goes in the green waste bin, what little polyester there is goes in the household rubbish.

  6. What a fun idea. i save the scraps in jars and buckets but never thought about adding threads. This will be great, and probably keep that mess off the floor and out of my vacuum.

  7. You can make some cool fabric with all that!