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Message Board > Sewing Spaces > Oh please liberate me from scraps!! ( Moderated by Deepika)

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Date: 2/20/10 5:15 PM

I am cleaning today and am totally overwhelmed and disgusted by the number of unused scraps in my sewing room. I don't know if I am just not creative enough to use them, or I am just a packrat!
I feel guilty about not saving every sizable scrap. I do occasionally use some of the cotton scraps for interesting appliques, but have never used a single knit scrap. Ever. I also have several ruined cashmere sweaters just waiting for some burst of creativity. And don't forget about the orphaned bedsheets from some torn/stained/misplaced set....
Ugh!
Help? Encouragment?

I will add that I think I SHOULD quilt, and have started quilting projects... but find that I just don't enjoy it. At this point it just doesn't interest me enough to use my limited sewing time quilting....
yuck. even more guilt!
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Date: 2/20/10 5:26 PM

I have to admit I seem to toss a lot of my scraps. I never use them. I usually save cotton scraps over .25 yards. I hate having all those little pieces, especially knit, piling up so I just toss them. I haven't regretted yet.

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Date: 2/20/10 5:46 PM

I am now trying to toss scraps..it's hard! I keep thinking, wallets, bags etc..but I know I will probably never make them. I do save scraps, no matter how small from all silks, velvets, suedes and fabrics that don't ravel. The suedes I do use for bound buttonholes and one day I will do that Victorian scrap quilt! I have used torn sheets and stained tablecloths for muslins and have been able to throw those scraps away without a problem!

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Date: 2/20/10 5:53 PM

thanks, ladies.
I am thinking about tossing the knit scraps and putting the cottons that I can't see using for applique into a bag and asking the others in my sewing club if they would like them for quilting. If not, they get tossed....
I did recently use a nice bedsheet for a pair of boxers for my husband and plan on making a muslin of dress for myself from that same sheet.
Also, I am expecting my first child ( a daughter!) this summer- I need more space in my sewing room, and way less clutter. One very special idea that may create some clutter after her birth- my mom saved some of my childhood clothing (especially if she made it) and made me a beautiful quilt from it when I was in high school. Even if I don't quilt now, I may have to carry on that tradition for my daughter.
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Date: 2/20/10 6:03 PM

I toss scraps easily. At least when I don't allow myself to think...don't dwell...just toss. There is no guilt.

After watching a few of those hoarding shows and watching my father suffer with a hoarding disease...I have absolutely no guilt.I

It is for your health that you learn to toss. Or, donate. But don't hang on to stuff "waiting" to donate...keep it moving out the door.

ETA: fixed by quilty typo to read guilt! My typing gets worse everyday and laptop is not helping!


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Date: 2/20/10 6:03 PM

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made me a beautiful quilt from it when I was in high school. Even if I don't quilt now, I may have to carry on that tradition for my daughter.


What a nice idea! Do save those scraps..my mother made my clothes also and gave those scraps to an older friend of hers and every Christmas, I got doll clothes to match my outfits..sometimes, I liked the dolls clothes better than my version

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Date: 2/20/10 6:07 PM

I can't toss scraps either, so I've started making yoyo's... not sure what I'm going to do with them, but they sure are cute! So far I've only made them out of silk ... maybe a bed jacket. I have managed to toss all synthetics out, keeping only wovens.

The sewing club is a good idea.

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Date: 2/20/10 6:10 PM

I posted my scraps (saved up 2 grocery size bags) on freecycle.org for my city. It got picked up by someone in charge of a community sewing class where people need scraps to practice on and for small projects. I also threw in some larger pieces that I wasn't going to use that someone would hopefully find useful for making something, or muslins.

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Date: 2/20/10 6:13 PM

I too recycle scraps through freecycle. Scouts, seniors, special ed groups, etc. all want scraps of all sorts, sizes and particularly fabric variety. I always get lots of replies when I offer my bags. In addition, I have taken fabric of 2 yards and more to the local thrift shop. They say they have many inquiries from crafters for fabric. Nothing like clearing the decks to make you feel better!

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Date: 2/20/10 6:21 PM

Thanks everyone for the ideas! I am motivated today, so I am going to make those bags up and see about freecycle. I have never used that site before, but it sounds promising. I, too, probably have several larger cuts that I just won't use- so I will probably put those onto freecyle, too. If I think I should take them to a thrift store, they will still be in the house next week. NOT my goal!

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