Recycling old fabric is a fantastic cheap way to get your hands on some funky and unusual fabrics. I have always loved the thrifty mentality of mending or re-using something you already have. Some of my favourite bloggers do the same, check out this cool printed tea-towel cushion, and this cute smurfy linen/fabric.
One of my favourite ways of re-cycling is to get an ugly old man's t-shirt (I'm describing the t-shirt, not the former owners, who are probably quite nice) with a cool print. This idea came from a t-shirt I bought the panda for a costume party. He never wore it, but I loved the 80's emu print and couldn't throw it away. After a few months of looking at it, I re-shaped it into a ladies t-shirt, and I loved the result!