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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2010 08:01:40 PM »

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, & I end up with a lot of small pieces of fabric in odd shapes with awesome patterns.  I don't really want to make a quilt, but i don't know what else to do with it

Any ideas?  I've been trying to find other topics about the same issue, but I haven't found anything.

Thanks!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2010 08:17:01 AM »

If they're big enough, you could make stuffies.  Otherwise, you could make patchwork fabric that you sew into something other than a quilt.  Like a skirt (the twirly rainbow patchwork skirts are gorgeous!) or purse.  I've even seen pictures of crazy quilt style jackets which are mind blowing!
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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2010 12:07:28 PM »

If I end up with enough tank tops, I might give that a try.
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« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2010 05:31:49 PM »

Or donate it to your local quilt guild or church who has a charity sewing circle.
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« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2010 05:44:09 PM »

Not completely unrelated: I worked at a shop that did tee-shirt quilts as custom orders, needless to say we disposed of the tee scraps fast as you can imagine the size of the pile from two quilts a week coming into the shop.

We gave them away three places:
1) a mechanics shop that specialized in restoring old cars, for parts cleaning and detail buffing
2) a salon, they loved old tees for waxing strips
3) the animal shelter, for both cage liners and bandages (they'd wash and use strong bleach first).

So, if you decide you can't use it all, there are some other non-land fill options Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2010 06:40:16 PM »

Back them with WonderUnder (or similar product), cut into random shapes, fuse them in random designs on backing fabric (can be really ugly because you will cover it completely), then embellish like crazy with machine embroidery, couching over cords, yarns, and decorative threads, etc.  Add any other embellishments you want, then use your created cloth to make stuff with! 

I once made a small bag using fabric made in this manner...I cut leaf shapes from scraps of blues, greens, and aqua fabrics from my stash, included a few pinks, aligned them so they were running vertically and over lapped, and fused them to the background (plain muslin).  Embellished with couched threads and cords, then cut my pattern pieces.  Great result and a lot of fun to do.

Here are some ideas for crazy patch projects, another fun thing to do with scraps:  http://explorer.cekli.com/articles/pdf/crazy-patch-embroidery

Here are 50+ ideas for scraps:  http://tipnut.com/scrap-happy-fabric-scrap-ideas-free-patterns/


Have fun,
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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2010 11:36:19 AM »

I love flannel, and buy smallish pieces of it (fat quarters, remnants, occasionally a 1/2 yard piece) all the time. But, I never sew with it, because I don't know what to make! Lots of it is children's (animals), but there's some other cool stuff. (Note: I don't actually have kids myself, just nephews, so I tend to buy kids' fabric and then not know what to do with it. It's a sickness, I know. Smiley )

So, I'm looking for some creative ways to use fat quarters of flannel. Here's what I've come up with, and I'm not very inspired by my list:

  • Baby bibs
  • Cloth pads
  • Patchwork blanket

So, what other ideas can you come up with? I don't want to hide the fabric (substitute for batting in a quilt, for instance), I'd like to show it off.

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2010 01:19:37 PM »

someone gave me 50 + yards of double knit polyester in a dark brown color. I will be using a lot of donated fabric to sew thing to raffle off to raise money for new calssroom furniture for my childs school I would love to use this fabric but I am not coming up with a suitable ideas please help
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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2010 05:12:07 PM »

If they are young, you can make toys that are suitable for toddlers and babies (blocks, balls, yo-yo toys, etc).
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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2010 06:03:33 PM »

Ooh, I totally used flannel to make hooded towels for my nephews.  They wear them as superhero capes!  I made the hoods way too big, a fat quarter probably would have been more than sufficient.
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