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« on: March 22, 2010 12:56:47 PM »

I love to hand sew things and was wondering what ideas people have about irregular shaped scraps being sewn into something cool. It doesn't have to be a pattern or a tutorial; I can usually look at something and make my own pattern.

Ideally, I'd like to make something people would buy; because I'd like to sell some to raise money for the local Autism Society of America. (they've done so much to help me and others; I'd love to give back to them)

I have literally boxes and boxes of scraps; with the largest being about a half yard and the smallest being very small. It's mostly vintage fabric and girly looking.

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010 03:22:35 PM »

Make a collage building a landscape with the pieces.  The resulting panel can be used for a cushion or for a blanket or a bag...  Or use the combined pieces to frame some interesting needlework or any other thing you want to showcase.

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010 04:14:56 PM »

Scrap bears or other soft toys?  Maybe a scrappy scarf, or lots of covered buttons or beads... you could just piece your scraps together bit by bit until you have a large enough piece of unique fabric to make a bag, cover a journal, etc.  Fabric flowers made of scraps could be very shabby chic and individual, plus you can glue a pin or clip to the back and sell them as fashion accessories.

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010 04:23:11 PM »

Thank you for the ideas! I appreciate them. I like the idea of the fabric flowers and hair accessories...the landlady I have owns a nail salon that I hang out at everyday and she's offered to let me sell things there. I think that might be a good fit!

I love to make bags too, I never thought of making a landscape for one!

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010 01:22:13 PM »

Another thing you can do is make small quilts.  A great way to use up irregular scraps is to sew them together into a "crumb" quilt.  Just sew them any which way, then square them up to whatever size you want, then put them together with sashing strips.

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010 07:27:35 AM »

You might look in the library for the book Omiyage. It has some pretty cute stuff hand sewn from scraps

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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010 04:24:26 PM »

Make big, big sheets of scraps, then use them like normal fabric for cutting out patterns for skirts, dresses, etc.

« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010 09:34:23 AM »

Google "gibbous fashion" or put "gibbous" in the search window on Craftster for some ideas.  If you decide to makk something gibbous, use a thrift store garment as a base.  I am currently working on a skirt.
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010 04:44:13 PM »

Barbie clothes are always fun to make with scraps, or if theres clothes you want to make for yourself make a "barbie" version of it first to see how it all comes together.

with my scraps i do barbie clothes, or the small bits i cant use i shred cut them up and they come in handy as cheap alternative to stuffing toys or anything else with.

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