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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > What do you do with that little bit of left over fabric? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 9/2/12 11:24 PM

You know the kind. You cut out a top and there is maybe 1/3 yard left over. Sometimes there might be 1/2 a yard left over with odd bits cut out from one side.

I use to have a basket that I kept these pieces in but the basket overflowed and I finally just closed my eyes and dumnped it in the trash. Now I find myself thinking about those pieces of fabric and wondering if I should have kept them?
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Date: 9/3/12 1:17 AM

Short answer: No.

What would you have done with them? Anything different now? Probably not. They would have sat in a basket, along with their buddies and relatives, taking up ever more space.

Fling 'em, I say, and free your conscience.
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Date: 9/3/12 1:54 AM

Ada - my perennial favourite is making gift bags. I just made a couple of wine bags as gifts. I lined one wit fleece left over from a wadder and the other with cotton from an apron. I have used bits of home dec fabric, flannelette, organza, corduroy and all sorts of other stuff. There are many threads here about using bits of fabric. If you are sure you won't use it yourself and it is nice stuff, you could bundle it and offer it on a used message board (Craig's list) because lots of people who aren't quilters sew with bits

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Date: 9/3/12 2:12 AM

I pass most of my scraps, bits I will never use on to friends with children. Either the mom can make something or the child has a fine time "sewing". I have about 6 friends that get my scrap bags now.

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Date: 9/3/12 2:41 AM

I love using up every little bit of fabric. I'm smaller than average so I can usually get a sleeveless top or a skirt from less than a yard. Smaller than that, there's purses and coin purses. Lining of pockets or bias trim are another use for fun prints. If the scrap is really small, I have McCall's 6511 waiting.


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Date: 9/3/12 2:43 AM

I keep some fabrics if they will work well for colour blocked tops or as pocket/waistband linings. I've just started keeping some interesting knit remnants to make bra and undies from. Mostly though they end up in the bin.

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Date: 9/3/12 3:56 AM

Or if you need another project -- and you know a local organization that can use them -- you can use your scraps for "feely hearts." Feely
heart, etc.

Good reminder for me -- I'll have to see if any of the organizations in Copenhagen can use some.

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Date: 9/3/12 4:03 AM

There was another thread on this with lots of wonderful ideas
How big of scraps to save?
The idea I use is to collect the scraps to use as filler in dog-beds which I donate to the local shelter
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Date: 9/3/12 4:24 AM

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Or if you need another project -- and you know a local organization that can use them -- you can use your scraps for "feely hearts." Feely

heart, etc.




That is such a lovely idea - I will be looking at doing this myself

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Date: 9/3/12 10:03 AM

Because I keep gravitating toward the same colors, I can often use scraps for color blocking. I also use scraps for muslins when testing a pattern. Sometimes these become wearable test garments, and sometimes they become a multi-colored hodgepodge, but either way, I get the fitting issues worked out.

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