There is waste in sewing. No matter how hard you try, you’re going to end up with some scraps. Do you have a guide or limit for yourself on what you keep? I used to keep just about everything, but I had to put a stop to that because it was getting out of hand. My rule now is if I can cut a 4 1/2” square from it, I do that. If it’s too small for that but I can get a 2 1/2” square I cut that instead. All those squares go into a box, and I’m hoping someday they’ll turn themselves into a fabulous quilt. I’ll probably have to help. Once in a while I’ll dive into the box to find a piece for a project, and it’s like looking through a scrapbook. It’s fun to remember what I used each one for, and discover pairings that look good together but were from two different eras in my crafting life. My time capsule continues to grow, but I’m willing to break into it for some of the projects I found today.
One good way to use up small pieces is to sew them together patchwork-style, like on this pincushion from Mad for Fabric.
This adorable Pixie Cup from Fabric Mutt is another good way to make something bigger out of something small.
When you’re sewing for someone small, the pieces can be as well. Check out this Little Guy Tie from Make It and Love It.
This Fabric Twine from My Poppet has me rethinking tossing those long, narrow strips.
Those strips would also be handy for making this ribbon from Crafterhours.
I think a big bowl filled with these Fabric Balls from Journey into Creativity would look great in my house. But who’s going to make them?
Fabric bits can make colorful and unique jewelry, like these covered button earrings and necklace from Clover and Violet.
You can trade out paper for fabric in these classic beads from Therm-o-Web.
Use those small fabric pieces for gift wrap the way Andrea’s Notebook did. Who knew you could make chocolate bars look even more appetizing?
This is actually a sewing room tour from Maple and Magnolia, but I loved this jar filled with fabric scraps used as decor. You have to see this space – it’s a gorgeous craft room!
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!