For a few hours this afternoon I sat in the porch and took apart 3 shirts, a skirt and a cotton jumper. It was very relaxing to sit and not have to be careful while ripping or cutting seams - just git 'er done. :)
The shirts are ones my husband purchased on clearance for about $3 and wore them for a few years and they are still in good condition. So, they are pretty cheap fabric when you consider that they are doing dual duty.
The buttons are saved....never know when I might need them. Even my husband was digging in my button jar for one of his projects the other day. I started saving these when I got married almost 30 years ago. As a child I loved playing in my Mom's button tin. The jar on the left are buttons that are sets (like that came off the shirts today) or still on cards from a store, garage sale, etc. The jar on the right are all odds and ends... a button here and there collected through the years.
Here's the fabric I ended up with. Now it's ready to be cut into strips and squares. When I was taking the picture Ukester was doing something on the floor (that's his knees) and then Hezzie had to get in the middle of what was going on - such a cut up! :)
If you haven't ever taken a shirt apart be sure to take a look at Bonnie Hunter's video of De-boning a Shirt! You will see how fast and easy the process is, how much fabric you can get out of one shirt and you will never want to throw another one away!