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Date: 5/14/13 9:26 PM

I'm a bit of a lurker on here so do forgive

I've finally resumed garment sewing AND am cutting into my stash of knits - cotton and poly. All sorts of weights.

Mostly I'm making a great little shirt that is easy, fits AND flatters me (View E & F of ModKid's Penelope pattern by Patty Young).

I'm a bit of a packrat - hanging on to lots of stuff I *think* I *might* use someday so I'm desperate to know what other sewists do with the knit leftovers. I think I might need "permission" to discard them!!

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Date: 5/14/13 9:45 PM

I'm just getting back to my sewing room tonight after a 5 month hiatus. I needed to clean and re-organize the space before I could get to my machine. The UFO projects that I most likely will never finish are going into the same bag with the leftover fabric scraps. I usually post about my "trash" on Freecycle and it's gone within a day or two.

Free yourself from the clutter!! Maybe you'll miss something *someday* but I think the mental weight that will be lifted will surpass the regrets.

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Date: 5/14/13 10:33 PM

If they're big enough to get a pair of underwear out of them, I save them. If not, they get thrown out.

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Date: 5/14/13 10:39 PM

If it's a solid color and big enough I save them for neck bindings on other knits.

I stopped garment sewing for at least 10 years. When I returned and started going through some of the "stuff" I found a large plastic bin full of nothing but scraps! Now I toss any scrapes unless I have a legitimate reason to want to keep them.

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Date: 5/14/13 11:25 PM

I recently attended a Sewing Guild convention and there was a class called "fractured Knits". At this class they were sort of patching different knits together and making amazing cardigans and tunics. There would be a cardi with one plain front and one striped and then perhaps a bright pocket with a spotty bow if you can picture it. Very "on Trend" stuff. I guess that this depends a lot on what type of scraps you have and if this is something you would like to do.

I don't keep scraps for very long. I have a deep bin in my sewing space just for fabric scraps. Anything I make I put the scraps in there and then after a couple of months the bin is emptied. This works for me as I don't put little bits away again and if theres a change to the garment eg: binding or whatever and I need a scrap I know where it is. If for some reason I haven't worn the garment I just leave that scrap in the bin until next time!

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Date: 5/15/13 8:17 AM

I have used scraps both knit and woven, even pleather, for many trim projects, but my rule is that if it is enough for a kids top, or pants, or long enough for trim, keep it, if not , get rid of it.
I have a bag of scraps that I am always adding to , and when it is full it goes on freecycle.com as craft supplies, or to a local school for art/craft supplies.
Since I sew in a variety of fabrics from evening wear to dance and theatre, the colour,sparkle and shine is very appealing to many people/ kids.

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Date: 5/15/13 9:30 AM

I've made a couple of simple baby quilts using squares of soft knits-- serged together-- on one side, and polar fleece or another heavier knit on the other side.

Have been saving my own knit scraps lately with the intention to try color blocking on a T-shirt or cardigan, once I get enough that "go" together.

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2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn: 25.7 yds.; given away: 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 21.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 7 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
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2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

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Date: 5/15/13 9:31 AM

I give you permission to discard the knit scraps. Do not permit them to take up valuable space in your sewing stash, or to clutter your mind and wear down your sewing mojo.

Toss them out. They will not enhance your sewing space and you will not make anything with them.

Toss them with a clear conscience.

You will be glad you did.

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Date: 5/15/13 9:46 AM

Thank you, Juliette2!! I needed to hear this too!

I was 'saving' my scraps for doll clothes and undies for my DDs but I still have not gotten around to making either...so will take your advice and free up space in my mind and sewing room!

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Date: 5/15/13 10:04 AM

I throw mine in my little dogs sleeping kennel. They make a good bed then I just throw them away and start all over. He likes it.

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