Breathing new life into old underwear
Everyone in the world seems to have heard that Mormons wear magic underwear. While many members may not find the underwear to be all that magical a good number of us wear them anyways. We also wear them out.
When I first received my own set the Temple matron instructed me about the proper treatment of my new Garments. She also counseled me on the proper disposal of garments. She said that, without the symbols, it’s all just cloth, and that once the symbols are removed then the rest of the fabric can be used for whatever you want. And what a lot of fabric it is.
The first set, I industriously used as rags. I still have most of those rags, and will probably get several years worth of use out of them. So when you have rags coming out your ears, what do you with the enormous pile of slightly dingy white cotton-poly? I’ll share two things I’ve done with it.
Handkerchiefs- I cut the leg parts of the bottoms into squares with pinking sheers. I use these squares of fabric instead of tissues. I have quite a formidable stack of them by now, and every new one is welcome (the bigger the stack the longer you can use between washings). It’s softer on the skin than tissues, cheaper, and less wasteful. As long as one is careful to wash them thoroughly it’s no more gross than regular tissues. And if one is really gross, I can still just throw it away.
The second thing is a little more labor intensive. I cut the seamless tops into long strips (tutorial here) which I then knit or crochet into bath-mats and area rugs. It is almost worth the work of learning to knit/crochet just to make these things. They are so lovely to stand on, and with a few old colored t-shirts from your closet or thrift stores they can be rather nice looking as well.
Even if you can’t knit and don’t want to learn the strips of fabric are good for other uses as well such as tying delicate plants in the garden, or braiding into thicker rope for more sturdy plants.
So what do you do with your unwearable unmentionables?