I hear this expression all the time, “thou shalt not waste any piece of fabric…”. OK, maybe it’s just when I’m talking to myself but still, it’s a good principle to live by. See all the fun you can have with tiny pieces of fabric? So here are some ideas on how to use fabric scraps.
You can make all sorts of colorful things with scraps like these if you just put your mind to it. Here are some purses I’ve put circles on but I’ve been dreaming about putting circle scraps on the bottom ( or top) of curtains, into quilt designs or simply sewn across and all together as a garland. Zero waste my friends, it’s a worthy goal. Here is the excellent and easy purse making tutorial that I used to make the purses shown below (with just the single strap alteration).
Here is how to make a fabric scrap pillow project, I think it’s safe to say that as seamstress and quilters we all have piles of fabric, sometimes already in strips, just waiting to be made into something- so why not a pillow? In this case, the front of the pillow is pieced and the back is a solid piece of fabric. I sewed on a little rick-rack and ribbon to the pieced side to add a little texture.
I had in mind this orangish fringe trim for the edges of the pillow, some trim I got at Tasha’s pieced goods, the big warehouse on the frontage road in Springville- before it changed into an antique mall.
I got a lot of really wacky colored lace, rick-rack and assorted trimmings extremely cheap before they (sadly) phased out that part of the store.
I searched my sewing room and could not find the fringe in question. It turned up the next day, in another tub full of trims in my crawl space…my pre-sewing room organizational system leftovers. At least NOW I know I really do have some orange fringe, and I can find it put away in it’s proper place from now on. So, this greenish trim found it’s way onto the pillow. It makes it a bit fancier, just the sort of thing kids can’t keep their hands off.