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It can, but what a waste of good ticking. I seem to have a never ending supply of old T shirts that make up my cleaning patches. Plus a couple pairs of worn out flannel jammies.
It's a lot of cleaning in one yard of ticking tho, I did see Wal-Mart had a similar material possibly I got thicker for $2.50 a yard.
 

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If you don't have some old rags or cloth at home to use(I use T-shirts too) the clothing stores always have marked down remnants for cheap that would work, as long as they are absorbent like cotton. I agree while ticking will work, kinda a waist. Flannel works great.
 

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An old T-shirt or flannel works much better. Pillow ticking is too thick to fit my jag unless I cut it very small and it doesn't clean as well.
Check your local thrift store or garage sale for material.
 

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One of the advantages of getting larger quantities of patch material is the consistency you get. Problem I find with odd rags and t-shirts is they vary in thickness from piece to piece, some being a tight fit on your jag, others being loose. Not a big deal, but still a bit of a PIA. Find old high thread count bed sheets will provide a nice quantity of material, or you can spend the big bucks ($1-$2 per yard by 56”- 60” wide) on close out cotton flannel, or better yet if you can find it, cotton flannelette. A yard of 60” wide material will give you nearly 240 3” square patches. That less than a penny a patch if you can find it for $2 per yard. Might end up with some unique colors and patterns on close out, but who cares?
 

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Don't waste your pillow ticking on cleaning. One good used flannel sheet gets me through a whole season. I bought a left-over King Size flannel sheet at LLBean (outlet store) for $11.00 that I have made THOUSANDS of cleaning patches from.

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Just figured using the pillow ticking would keep for getting cluttered. I need to make a pouch some day, I'm just using a canvas laptop bag for now. It's to big and a pain to reach into. I may get some of that canvas I seen at Wal-Mart, I wonder if it would hold up. I was never good at ordering leather, tho I know how to weather work.
 
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Don't waste your pillow ticking on cleaning. One good used flannel sheet gets me through a whole season. I bought a left-over King Size flannel sheet at LLBean (outlet store) for $11.00 that I have made THOUSANDS of cleaning patches from.

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well it's maybe a good thing I'm big lol, I have plenty of shirts that don't fit anymore.
 

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Doesn't seem to hold water etc. that well. I agree for swabbing, soft cotton is nice. For drying the bore, I use paper towels folded to fit tight. It sucks up water better than anything and shows if the bore is dry or not.
 

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Ticking is not absorbent enough and is not soft or pliable enough to get into the grooves well. It works ok but flannel or knit t-shirt material is MUCH better. Go to the nearest thrift store and get some old t-shirts or some soft flannel bed sheets and yah make your own. Personally I just use my old t-shirts as I go through a lot of them. Work very well for gun rags too.
 
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