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how to use fabric scraps

uses for fabric scraps

stacks of cut fabric circles

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.

uses for 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).



the Beehive Bazaar is here

The weekend has almost arrived- the reason behind all the sewing/crafting madness in my life. It’s always such a treat to be part of Beehive Bazaar and the Utah handmade community. I”m always floored by the talented Utah artists and crafters- skills, quality and uniqueness. If you are even remotely close by, I would definitely stop by.

A few last minute purses I’ve just finished up:

Mockingjays and other critters

I’ve been working on purses and drawstring backpacks for the Beehive Bazaar Handmade Craft Fair here in Utah May 10-12th (and eventually etsy too).

My Hunger Games fan-club-kids are all itching to carry this backpack to school, the only way it would be better is if Peeta’s face was in place of the mockingjay symbol.


I love this furry orange fabric, but it sure is hard to sew. It gets all caterpillary and unruly when under the presser foot and the seams have to be picked out at least once- every. time. I. sew. with. it.- ugh.
When we were in Washington DC last week with my daughter’s 6th grade class, one of the students looked at a gated, guarded building (I don’t remember what it was) as we drove past and wistfully sighed, “That must be where they keep the unicorns and rainbows.” That comment is still making me laugh. Here are a few unicorns that got away and a bit of sparkle.

I can’t seem to stop with the circle stacked flowers.
Scribble sewing bird beak.
I didn’t take any chances here- I hate picking out bad stitching, I hand-sewed that bunny onto the delinquent orange fabric.

The next batch, some tiny purses, all ready to go.