I’m pretty sure the same goes for all sewists but we all end up with scraps of fabric which ‘we will find a project’ for later. Depending upon the project, I either end of with a lot of scraps or a little, but nevertheless, I end up adding to the assortment in my scrap bin. Eventually, at least for me, the scrap bin becomes overwhelming and the thought of having to sort and iron of the wee bits of fabric doesn’t appeal to me. Perhaps I just need to organize it better. Instead, I go to my neatly folded and organized fabric collection and make new bits 🙂 This year, I decided to take a different approach to creating and working with scraps.
The first thing I did was empty my scrap bin.
Next, I select coordinating fabrics to create something, anything.
The next step is creating projects which will ensure the use of every inch of the selected fabrics.
I began with either fat quarters or 1/2 yards of each fabric.
Well, I did end up using all of the fabrics with motifs but what remained were the accent or coordinating pieces.
So my theory or plan didn’t go as well as I had thought for a number of reasons. One, obviously, the accent pieces will be used more than the coordinating fabrics. And two, I really got bored of working with the same fabrics and seemed to want to push myself to make more with these fabrics when really, I wanted to move onto playing other fabrics which were staring at me the whole time 🙂 This isn’t to say I didn’t love working with the Stella Collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. but after the third or forth project, I wanted to play with other fabrics. So really, the drawbacks aren’t too bad. I didn’t add much to my scrap bin and made some cute little pouches and bags.
I am still on a mission to reduce the amount of scraps I accumulate but may have to find an approach where I won’t tire of working with the fabrics. And yes, I know, in the big scheme of things this issue is pretty trivial. Scraps or no scraps, I still and always will love playing with fabric. It’s just a matter of finding out how to reduce the waste parts.
All these little cuties are listed in my Etsy shop.
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