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Date: 7/23/14 2:00 PM

I often read on blogs and tutorials to 'save your scraps!'. Even little strips. I understand the purpose of saving fabric scraps, and even came across a really neat bag that was constructed almost entirely with selvedges sewn together. How cool is that??? Now I save all my selvedges too.

I'm always throwing scraps of fabric and jnterfacing in a bin, but I guess my question is - what am I going to use these small strips of interfacing for? Do you save everything, or do you throw the smaller scraps away? I don't keep the tiny bits but little strips I do. Mostly because that's what I was told (I'd never have thought of constructing the 'selvedge bag' for example). Forgive if this is a silly question, but what am I going to use this for, eventually?

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Date: 7/23/14 2:06 PM

You can use little strips of interfacing to stabilize all sorts of stuff: shoulder seams in knit tops (instead of clear elastic), hems, seam allowances that you're finishing, casings, etc. Also, you can piece interfacing, so if you end up with a small corner of a pattern piece that's missing just a teeny bit of interfacing, you can slap down one of your little scraps.

My rule for fabric scraps is this: I save them until I am no longer emotionally invested in them (until I no longer would feel guilty throwing them away). Then I toss them. Works for me!

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Date: 7/23/14 2:50 PM

Saving scraps is good in theory. But saving them for the sake of saving them is no good. If you're not going to use them (or donate them) then it's really a waste of space. I was also taught to save my scraps and then before I knew it I had a garbage bag full of scraps. No bueno! I became a lot more selective about the scraps I save. I recently took my bag of scraps to my sewing students and they used a good deal of them to make tissue cozies. Google "scrap busting sewing projects" and see if anything strikes your fancy. There's probably a thread or three on here also. Just be selective about what you save. If you don't think the piece is big enough to make anything with then toss it. But I think you will find lots of great gift-giving ideas if you search for projects. I also recently saw a project where they used fabric scraps to stuff an ottoman. That was neat. My husband enjoys getting pocket hankies from my scraps. All I need is a 12-13 inch square. So it really just depends on your intentions.

Now I save almost every single piece of interfacing. I always need just a tiny piece here and there to interface a button placement or a magnetic snap, etc.

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Date: 7/23/14 2:53 PM

Strips of interfacing are great for the edges of a zipper opening -- depending on the zipper technique strips of 3/8" to 5/8" work great to stabilize those edges.


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Date: 7/23/14 3:38 PM

I save interfacing more than fabric scraps. I simply don't have the emotional fortitude or the space to handle all the scraps that I make. So I toss my scraps and move on with life because I don't have time for that. xD

As for interfacing, once it gets to be smaller than something like 2"x1" or is in a particularly strange shape (long, skinny triangles come to mind) I'll toss it for the above mentioned reason. :3 It's taken me years to get to this point, but I truly just cannot take the chaos that comes with saving scraps for no particular reason.

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Date: 7/23/14 8:24 PM

Well, I guess it depends on if you think you will ever do any quilting. Crazy quilts can be a great way to scrap bust.

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Date: 7/23/14 9:25 PM

I only save scraps if they are very beautiful or if I suspect I might need them to mend something I had destined for a long, useful life.

Of course, I myself have already lived (and sewn) a pretty long life, and if I had dutifully saved my scraps, our house would be buried, disappeared, gone!

Nah, my own feeling is that saving little bits for the sake of thriftiness leads to a mess at the very least.

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Date: 7/23/14 10:01 PM

I'm in agreement with saving interfacing and "nice" fabric that can be re-used.

All the other scraps are bundled to local schools for crafting.

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Date: 7/23/14 10:41 PM

I save the nicer fabric for scrap so I can make buttons from them later on and I save interfaces for the same reason everyone else save them.

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Date: 7/24/14 0:05 AM

When I cut out a garment I keep a couple 4x4 pieces with it for the purpose of testing techniques during garment construction. These come in handy with a sewing machine, serger, cover stitch and embroidery machine. Once garment construction is finished they get tossed. I do keep long strips of knit fabric cut into 2" strips in a drawer---perfect for straps or binding.

This past spring I refashioned a bunch of thirts and long sleeve shirts into tank tops. I kept the sleeves that were removed in a small basket. Right now I'm sewing the Fehr Trade lacey thong panties.

I have 1 small plastic drawer for stabilizer scraps for doing embroidery or buttonholes, at least 3" in size. The rest of the scraps get tossed as I go.

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