Hello. My name is Jilly Be and I'm a fabriholic. Not only do I adore petting the luxurious cuts of shimmery silk, and melt at the mere thought of wrapping my body in oh-so-soft cashmere, when I'm all done with the cutting & sewing, even the little bits of these goodies that are left over give me far too much pleasure to just toss.
Besides which, I'm a life-long recycler & re-user of anything that might have a hint of creative re-use, somewhere, to someone....even if not me. So it has to be a pretty tiny scrap for me to consider it worthless.
But what to do with them to make them worth hanging on to? I got a noodge from dfr at Sewing Misadventure with some of her ideas, including drawstring bags, handkerchiefs and casings - in fact, I just used a scrap for a waistband casing myself:
Rebecca at Tales of a Wannabe Seamstress also has a bunch of ideas & links, including coasters & pencil pouches.
For the holidays last year I gathered some of my beautiful silks, knits, sheers.....all sorts of fabrics....to mix & match into versatile, never-ending scarves like this one:
here. Here's my pictorial tutorial on How to make an endless tube scarf. Great gifts, but be sure to save your oober special pieces that match that great jacket you made for yourself!
I really like using knits for this sort of scarf, because you can scrunch them up & end up with a look like this:
Of course, dolls are the perfect size for some of those scraps, as Gloria Stitches knows.
What unique ideas have you come up with for your scraps? Link your ideas here & pay them forward!