For my patchwork bags and quilt I use whatever cotton I can lay may hands on. I buy some, which isn't easy here in Greece, and I use old shirts, skirts, sheets.
Other things I recycle are embroidered wall hangings. My mother-in-law made of a lot of them. The embroidery is beautifully done, but I don't really like them on the wall. So I took them out of the frames and reused them.
The one she made with the dear I cut up and used the pieces to make cushions.
This is another one I like.The woolen baby blanket I bought here in Sparta in an old shop that closed down. I changed the binding and it looks immediately different.
I don't know how she embroidered this one. It's so tiny! It's a real Greek pattern because it has the Acropolis above the carriage.
I am planning, already for a long time, to go to the flea market in Athens and look for embroidery. I never had time enough! When I'm done with fabric shopping I am exhausted and go home. Next time I just have to stay an extra day for the flea market.