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The cuter a fabric is, the harder a time I have parting with the tiny bits of it. I have a serious Japanese cotton habit, and somehow using the tiny leftover scraps makes me feel…industrious! Smart! Less wasteful! So, in the interest of mitigating my hoarding habit (and not winding up on one of those shows in the future), here’s a list of things to do with all that leftover fabric.
How tiny are your pieces?
1″ pieces or less –
- These can make excellent stuffing for softies, or any place you’d use polyfill. Naturally, the stuffing cotton scraps make is much denser and heavier than the stuffing that leftover fluffy fabrics like poly fleece make. Just so you know.
- Button covers. Craft Pudding put together an excellent tutorial on how to do this without a kit!
Photo by Craft Pudding
- I actually wrote a tutorial for Craft Leftovers Monthly recently on how to make a mini-garland with scraps just this size.
- This amazing ticker tape quilt calls for pieces that are just 1″ x 2″! Full tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew!
- Flower pins….perhaps something like this?
Photo by Wise Craft
- Okay, this would technically call for a LOT of 4″ pieces, but I’ve had this sweater in mind ever since seeing it on Mighty Girl eons ago. Weird side note: I saw the sweater ON Mighty Girl herself a few years back at Maker Faire. It is incredible in person! And also, she is very tall. And adorable. And I swear I am not some sort of crazy blogger stalker.
- We’re getting into easily usable fabric territory here. Hello, applique! A quick Flickr search reveals more awesome applique and tutorials than one could make in a lifetime.
Photo by me. Here’s another view.
- Twelve 22 put together this super tutorial on how to make a small zippered pouch. Even better, it’s also a tutorial on how to install zippers…EASILY!
- There’s an unending variety of plushies you could make with 6″ fabric scraps. Here’s one little cutie by Lori-La_Tortuga.
- If you happen to have lots of loooong-ish skinny pieces (1.5″ seems to be the average), why not make a rag rug? (OR just sew those tiny bits together to make long strips.) This would bust the living daylights out of even the most generous rag stash.
Tutorial on Moda Bake Shop!
(Photo by Moda Bake Shop too, natch!)