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Date: 6/5/13 10:41 PM

Hi Everyone. I have a question.. since starting to sew, I find I have material left over from each job, just a yard or so with each. Not enough to make anything else. Too nice to throw away, what do ya'all do with this?
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Date: 6/5/13 11:04 PM

If you really are not going to use it, your local high school (or junior high) home ec teacher would thank you for it. A lot of home ec students cannot afford to buy fabric, and your donation would help a lot.

I don't construct a lot of garments any more, but I do quilt, and I save even the tiniest bits and pieces which I then give to my daughter to give to her teacher friends. These are elementary and preschool (Head Start) teachers who have no art teachers in their schools, and no budget for art projects. The kids use these little scraps in such clever ways, and the teachers are delighted to have them.

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Date: 6/5/13 11:33 PM

If you don't love the fabric, donate as Franksdottir suggests. I also use Freecycle to give away fabric.

Small projects for wovens
-Tote bag
-Hat
-Tank top

For knit scraps that are large enough, I make underwear.

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Date: 6/6/13 3:20 AM

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material left over from each job, just a yard or so with each

About a yard gives you quite a lot to work with since there are many patterns that feature fabric mixes. They call for a yoke of one thing, sleeves another and body a 3rd. There's panels, tiered skirts, contrast collars, plackets, cuffs and also color blocking for solids. Then too, you can be like me and buy more fabric so you've got a good array of harmonious fabrics to mix and match. Which leads to more leftovers and the wheel is truly in spin!

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Date: 6/6/13 8:15 AM

If there is an ASG chapter (asg.org) in your area, they might be interested in using it for their charity sewing projects.

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Date: 6/6/13 12:14 PM

I keep lighter wovens to use as yokes and pocket linings. Makes the inside of your garments more fun! :)

Otherwise, I've made little drawstring bags. Awesome for traveling and keeping things like extra jewelry, good for feminine products (especially with a tween and teen who are still quite embarrassed by even OWNING pads), and I have several of my son's too small jeans (he's 13 now so it's quite a bit of fabric there) to make a denim tote. I'd think you could do that with other woven fabric too!

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Date: 6/6/13 12:28 PM

I always kept some of the outgrown jeans to use as patching material for the current ones.

My DD was easy on her clothes, but my DS always put the knees out a week after he got new ones.

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Date: 6/6/13 2:43 PM

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I always kept some of the outgrown jeans to use as patching material for the current ones.



My DD was easy on her clothes, but my DS always put the knees out a week after he got new ones.

Pfft. DS has decided he needs to LIVE in athletic gear. It's all basketball shorts and sweats and tshirts and hoodies. He will wear jeans when I tell him I want him to "look decent"!

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Date: 6/6/13 2:55 PM

Why not keep it for a while. You may want to try color blocking, or even a quilt top.

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Date: 6/6/13 10:09 PM

Thanks so much for your replies on my left over material problem. Gave me a lot of good ideas. I am SO thankful to have you all, to go to when I get stuck (which is often). What would I ever do without ya'all?
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