How to Reuse Dryer Lint

Who would have thought that the icky fuzz we clean from our dryer trap could be reused? Help your planet by eliminating waste.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Dryer Lint
Save the dryer lint. Keep a small box or bag near your dryer for storing the lint until it is reused.
Reuse lint to start fires. Stuff an empty paper egg cartons with lint. Stuff it full and close the lid. Make a hole in each "egg" at the bottom of the carton. Pour melted candle wax in each hole. Let this dry until the was is hard (2-3 hours). You can use these for kindling, as you would newspaper, but they work much better.
Reuse lint as mulch. If you were natural fibers such cotton and linen, dryer lint makes a great mulch. I would not put lint from synthetic fabrics into my organic garden. Just make a donut of lint around your tiny plant. Don't get it right against the plant, as mulch should not touch the stem of the plant. This promotes fungus and root rot. You can use lint alone or in combination with other materials reused for mulch.
Reuse lint as clay. You can actually make clay out of dryer lint. Put 1 1/2 C of dryer lint in a sauce pan. Add 1 C water. Add 1/2 C of flour and stir until smooth. Add 2 drops of vegetable oil or essential oils. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until it forms peak and has a solid consistency. Place on newspaper to cool. You may use it for molding as you would any clay then allow to dry for 3 days. You can paint it to add pizzazz.

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Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Reuse and Recycle Your Old Denim Jeans to Make Fabric Flowers

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This craft is so simple, that you can literally make a dozen roses in 1/2 an hour. Not to mention that it is a great way to reuse those old denim jeans with holes in the knees. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors, a pair of old jeans, and some tacky glue.

Step 1: Cut the Hem Off the Jeans

Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Cutting the Fabric to Make a Fabric RoseCut the fabric approximately 1 inch above the hem of your pants. Cutting more fabric allows you to grasp it better as you wrap the rose, but you end up with a lot of bulky fabric behind your rose. I prefer to cut only and inch so that the back of the rose isn't bulky.

This is the perfect way to use a cuff that is cut off while hemming a new pair of pants, or you may just be finding ways to reuse old denim jean. The great thing about using the cuff of pants, or jeans, is that the edge is already finished for you. You can run the unfinished edge that you just cut through a serger if you wish, but it's not necessary.

Step 2: Run a Bead of Tacky Glue

Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Gluing Fabric Roses Run a bead of glue along the newly cut edge of your fabric. This holds the flower in place as you wrap it.

Step 3: Roll, or Wrap, the Denim Loosely

Tutorial for Making a Fabric Rose

Making a Denim Fabric Rose from Old Blue JeansWrap the rose, beginning with the inner seam of the pant leg on the inside of the flower. It looks like the center of the flower when finished. Wrap loosely to make the rose appear as if it is opening. The tacky glue will help to hold the fabric in place as you wrap. You can also stitch, sew, or pin the base of the rose when finished to help secure it. I like to pin mine until the glue finishes drying.

Step 4: Put Your Finished Fabric Roses to Good Use!

Decorate Your World with Your Fabric Flowers

Fabric Denim Rose TutorialGet creative with your fabric flowers. Here are some ideas:
1. Make a fabric flower potpourri (add a little essential oil for fragrance)
2. Add a stem and place the denim flowers in a vase
3. Embellish your craft and sewing projects with fabric flowers.

Fabric Flowers

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How to Reuse TShirts to Make a Latch Hook Rug

If you enjoy finding ways to reuse household items, rather than throwing them away, this recycled tshirt rug is for you. Much like latch hook kits you find in the store, you can make a latch hook rug from old t-shirts with canvas, a latch hook tool and old tshirts. Tshirts that are in good condition are best put to use by donating them, or giving them to someone that can wear them, but for tshirts with holes, or that are no longer wearable, why not make this tshirt rug?
You will need:
  • hook rug canvas - 2' x 3' is standard size for a rug, but you can make it any size you wish
  • tshirts to be reused
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • darning needle
  • string
  • latch hook


Step 1: Prepare the TShirt

Get the tshirt fabric ready by removing the seams and sleeves. All you want to have left is smooth fabric that can be cut into strips. Cut across the fabric to make sections that are 6 inches tall. Use a ruler to ensure you cut in a straight line. Most shirts will leave you with 2 or more sections that are 6 inches tall. Next, cut vertically, or down these sections to create strips that are 1/2 an inch wide. You may be able to stack the sections and cut through more than one layer at a time, depending on the sharpness of your blade.


Make the Latch Hook Rug

Before you begin hooking your scraps of fabric, you may wish draw a pattern on the canvas to help you know when to change colors. For example, you could draw a simple smiley face, a heart, or rows where you wish your color to change if you are making a multicolored latch hook rug.

Feed the latch hook tool up through under the first canvas string and back up over the top of it. The tip of the hook should be resting back on top. Wrap the tshirt strip under the bottom of the tool. Holding the ends of the tshirt strip together with your non-dominant hand as you hold the hook tool with the dominant hand. Bring the ends of the strip to the tip of the tool and over the hook. After hooking them, pull them through the canvas with the tool and tie them in a knot.


Securing the Edges of the Rug

When you are finished hooking the strips of tshirt to form the rug, fold the edges under and sew them to the back side of the rug. This prevents them from fraying. You could also tape them to the underside of the rug, if you prefer it to sewing.
If you liked this article, you may want to visit more crafty "Ways to Reuse and Recycle Clothes."

How to Make a Recycled Denim Bag by Repurposing Children's Overalls

Supplies Needed:
  • Children's overalls (A favorite pair of outgrown overalls from your own children, or thrift store finds)
  • Tacky glue
  • Red t-shirt
  • Sewing machine or serging machine

Recycled Tote Bag Made from Children's Overalls


The size of overalls chosen will determine the finished size of the bag. Pockets on the overall add extra storage capacity to the finished bag also.overalls3
  1. Turn the overalls inside out.
  2. Cut the legs off, beginning above the crotch of the overalls. The goal is to have a straight raw edge across the bottom of the overalls.
  3. Sew across the bottom edge with a serging machine, or sewing machine. If you are using a sewing machine, stitch with a zig-zag stitch to strengthen the bottom seam. If the pockets of the overalls were cut, be sure they are sewn shut at the bottom as you sew the seam, so that they may be used as storage also.
  4. Cut a t-shirt to fill in the side gaps of the overalls just below where the arms would be if someone were wearing them. Do this by measuring the open gap between the front and back of the overalls on each side. Cut two pieces of t-shirt material wide and long enough to fill in the gap on the side of the overalls.
  5. Using a sewing machine or serger, finish any raw edges of the t-shirt.overalls1
  6. Glue the t-shirt to the inside of the overalls with the wrong side of the t-shirt facing up.The right side of the t-shirt should be facing the inside, as this is the side that will show when the bag is finished.
  7. Set the bag aside to dry overnight.
  8. When the glue is dry, turn the bag right side out and it is ready to use immediately.
  9. You can embellish the outside of your new totebag with rhinestones, fabric paint, buttons and other objects if you wish.
  10. Take your new recycled tote bag with you when you shop or run errands to help transport your items, or use it to store and organize craft supplies, sewing supplies, toys, or other household items.
If you enjoyed learning how to make a recycled denim bag, you might also enjoy other denim crafts. Old jeans and overalls can be reused in many ways. In addition to this tote bag, you can make pocket potholders, denim roses, photo album covers, storage units for the wall, quilts, rugs, and lots of other crafts. Jeans have so many ways to be repurposed. For many more ideas, see "How to Reuse or Recycle Denim." Recycled craft ideas to repurpose other discarded items around the home, such as plastic, toilet paper rolls, soup cans and milk jugs, can be found at: "Reuse It All - Waste Zero."


Photos by HS Schulte.

How to Reuse or Recycle Old Clothes

If you are looking for ways to use your old clothes, check out this seemingly endless list of craft ideas for them:

How to Reuse or Recycle Old Clothes

How to Reuse or Recycle Old Clothes

Clothes as Craft Materials

Have you ever thought of repurposing your old clothes as craft materials? Over the last 100 years, clothing has become so cheap and easy to create that it is being purchased and discarded at an alarming rate. Give your old clothes to those in need, rather than throwing them out. If they have holes or are torn, put them to use as craft material. I've spent several years collecting ideas for crafts from clothes. You can find these ideas with photos of the finished projects.

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Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses:

If you are looking for a rose that won't die, look no further. Great as gifts during Valentine's Day, for a birthday, or simply to decorate your latest craft. You can use any old fabric that needs recycled into something new to make these fabric roses. The edging or seam of fabric works best, such as the bottom hem of a pant leg, or the hem of an old t-shirt. Place the finished edge of the hem so that it is showing as the edge of the rose petals.
The step by step tutorial is available here.

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