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Subject: What to do with fabric scraps? Date: 11/10/11 0:14 AM

After cutting out a number of patterns, I have a rapidly multiplying stash of fabric scraps. I am wondering how others use this bounty.

Thanks for any solutions.
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Date: 11/10/11 3:22 AM

they are a good source of practice material for trying out new techniques (seam finishes etc).

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Date: 11/10/11 7:14 AM

I often use them for practice and I am teaching my great niece to sew and they come in handy there. You could always give them to a quilt group. Some of the charities use all sorts of fabric, including denim.

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Date: 11/10/11 8:22 AM

Turn them into patchwork handbags, wallets, jackets, etc. The different textures are interesting. Also, the local chapter of my quilting guild is making autistic blankets. These are blankets of different "touchy" fabrics, with 12" squares. The different textures help soothe autistic children.

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Date: 11/10/11 9:26 AM

Throw them out. If you don't, they will soon take over.

Will you *really* make something out of those scraps? Or will they just sit around taking up space and making you feel guilty?

Keep them only if you *really* will use them for something *soon*.

Otherwise throw them out.

Life is too short -- and my sewing room is too small --- to hoard fabric scraps.
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Date: 11/10/11 9:28 AM

I'm with Juliette, toss them. Even when I've kept pieces that were possibly large enough for something "crafty" I've never used them and ended up tossing them later.

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Date: 11/10/11 9:32 AM

I throw them out unless it's enough to make another garment, knits can make panties, but it it's small pieces, just toss them.

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Date: 11/10/11 10:30 AM

Go to the "search board" heading and search the message board for "scraps." I knew we had a few threads here about it,but there are tons! We are such a creative and thrifty bunch.

I recently found a new use for mine - I cut up a bunch of sparkly and shiny scraps and took them in to the toddler daycare where I work. We put them in a big bin for the children to look at, feel and play with. I am training some future fabric fondlers.

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Date: 11/10/11 12:09 PM

If you have/know any young girls that are interested in sewing, you can give them scraps for them to make doll dresses or doll beds.

And if they don't know how to sew they can still have fun with them, I remember I used to love wrapping fabric scraps around my barbie and pretend it was a formal gown or something.

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Date: 11/10/11 12:31 PM

I mostly use them to make cat beds- the bigger pieces on the exterior, and the bits (serger cuttings are great for this) for the stuffing.

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