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trying to be thrifty has just backfired
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Date: 3/28/13 3:54 PM

I had some leftover fabric after pinning the pattern pieces out for a dress. I thought I'd make a colour blocked skirt out of remainder by buying some more fabric.

Three hours later I'm 23 down having bought a new pattern (it was 40% off!), and got new fabric including lining. The shop assistant recommended 75cm, which is pretty much what the entire pattern called for. So I will have yet more spare fabric. I decide to make a second skirt by adding fabric from my stash to create an alternative colour blocked version.

How did I get to be cutting out two extra projects all in one day?.......please dont let me have any more spare fabric any time soon. Its expensive!

I am not addicted to buying fabric (honestly, I walked round an entire sewing and knitting show without buying a thing) but I find it so hard to let good stuff go to waste.

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Date: 3/30/13 0:07 AM

I think that's a common problem, maybe even more in quilting! Every time I'd plan to make a quilt just using my leftover fabric, I always ended up buying more to "finish" using up what was left from the last time. I've recently started sewing clothes again, and will probably find myself doing the same thing. I don't think there's a cure, except to give away anything left after you finish a garment. Good luck!

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Date: 3/30/13 0:39 AM

Oh boy that's a vicious cycle. Maybe try to get a whole project out of just the remnant. Tank top, a shopping bag, something for a child or pet. Or swap it with another sewist. I love using up every itty bit of fabric so I feel your pain.

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Date: 3/30/13 8:07 AM

You're playing my song. My stash is full of pieces of fabric I bought to "save" the others. Problem is, there is so much stash, I can't remember which pieces I bought it for.

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Date: 3/30/13 8:25 AM

I just threw away some left overs. I keep too much. Last time I accumulated a pile, I gave them to someone who was making American Doll clothes for her granddaughter.

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Date: 3/30/13 11:18 AM

Very small amount of fabric left over from purchased fabric now. The skirt is finished! Here are some photos if you would like to see.

I normally give any small leftovers to my housemate as she likes little craft projects. But anything bigger just seams to give me a guilt trip! maybe I should try and sell pieces like this on ebay.

I try and be a green person, and the thought of just throwing good quality stuff in the bin just goes against the grain (pardon the pun!).

p.s, thanks for making me feel I am not alone in thinking this way

-- Edited on 3/30/13 11:18 AM --

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Date: 4/8/13 4:48 PM

Hi RMusic,

Do you have Freecycle on your side of the pond? Here in the United States we have Freecycle. Most counties in each state have an online Freecycle group. People post items they have to offer, or those they would like to have. The premise is to keep items out of the landfills and to give them new life rather than discard them.

If the leftover pieces you have are too much of a bother or expense to post on ebay, you may find others who will want your "leftover" pieces.

We also have a companion site to Freecycle. Again, it is by location. This companion site allows for the sale/ purchase of items.

Freecycle and the companion site are hosted on Yahoo.


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