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From: craftyangel
Date: 03-31-2006, 08:24 PM (1 of 5)
Have lots of double knit material that I don't know what to make with it besides clothing of which I don't need. Does anyone have any IDEAS on what else can be made with double knit material? Would appreciate it very much.
User: craftyangel
Member since: 03-31-2006
Total posts: 1
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-01-2006, 02:51 PM (2 of 5)
Is the fabric poly/cotton blend or acrylic?? If acrylic, I suggest garments for cool and cold weather.. I find acrylic too warm for summer wear.. But it will last you long enough that you will get tired of it, I guarantee you.. LOL.. I love the interlock weight for all year round wear.. I make all kinds of garments.. Seems like all the ads I see for spring include Gauchos, I have a pair of those I made at least 10 years ago, I plan to recycle into front of my closet again this year.. LOL..Also a challis print pair.. I'll be right in style for $.00 investment.. Tops, shorts, unlined jackets, pj's gowns, robes, (I like duster types).. and my favorite (oversize sleep shirts)..
Now , all these suggestions are made hoping that you have others to sew for, since you don't need clothing.. But you can also make throws, quilts, blankets, all kinds of bed linens..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Melanie T
Date: 04-05-2006, 12:52 PM (3 of 5)
If it is the icky vintage polyester double knit, we use it to sew double drawstring bags for the school kits that our World Relief and Mennonite Central Commitee send to children in poor areas. Those old polyester double knits hold up to the wear of multiple school years like nothing else will. The seams wear out before the material does.

My grandma and great grandma used to make rag rugs on the rug loom out of those same poly double knits (some of those rugs are 30 years and still going strong under daily farm house use).
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Sancin
Date: 04-05-2006, 04:46 PM (4 of 5)
If it is lightweight and a pleasant colour it makes WONDERFUL bathing suits that chlorine and hot tubs will not destroy - will literally last forever. I wear mine at exercise classes - no one cares there.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
From: CodyGramma
Date: 04-06-2006, 11:50 AM (5 of 5)
My MIL made some beautiful crazy quilts out of polyester materials...she would use a square of muslin or old sheets as a foundation and just put pieces of the polyester together in the crazy quilt fashion and machine zig zag them onto the foundation, then sometimes but not always, she would put fancy embroidery stitches over the zig zag. They look great!
User: CodyGramma
Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
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