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2015 September 9

Today’s project… (Yes, I know it’s late afternoon!) is to work with these fabrics to make a myriad of “pencil” cases for my oldest to take to school. Both girls started back again yesterday. Thankfully with lots of excitement, and they were still happy when they got home, Day 1 success. It’s pretty hard to believe that our oldest is in grade 3 this year!

Reminds me I should hold on tight, soon they will be graduating high school!

I’ve been reworking our office lately and am feeling the push to de-stash again. There’s just SO MUCH fabric! I’d love to sew all the things, but I know in reality (and from experience) that I can’t use up the giant bin or teeny tiny scraps, or all of the knit fabrics. Maybe one day soon you will see an Instagram de-stash happening… just as soon as I research how in the world to pull one off!

The little piles of fabric were made by my oldest. In an effort to let go of some of my favorites, I decided to give her open access to my smaller scrap shelf. It’s mostly full of fat quarter sized pieces that I’m sure I’d know what to do with if I was a quilter. The photo above is only the “good stuff”. I don’t even want to think about the “by colour” sorted baggies in the bin under my desk…. or the “smaller than small” pieces I’ve got put away!

Speaking of stashing fabric…. 

Public Service Annoucement/Fabric Enabler: Double Decker Fabric is back for a short while. This Canadian online shop is closing and all remaining stock must go! Get 40% off on all quilting cottons and amazing pricing on solids. Don’t miss out! (P.S. They ship within Canada and the US! P.P.S This is not a sponsored post, I love supporting Canadian and this is a great shop!)

(Oh, and note to the weatherman… rain for the first two days of school should not be allowed! “First Day of School” outfits and boots just don’t match!)

I’m Curious… If you are not a quilter, what do you do with your small scraps? 

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  1. September 9, 2015

    If I can cut it into 6″x1″ strips, I do, to use in rugs. http://weneedmangos.blogspot.ca/2014/12/d-is-for-dragon.html
    If it is too small for that I keep it for stuffing – animals or pillows.

    • September 12, 2015

      I’d love to make some rugs Mindy. I’ll check it out! Thanks.

  2. September 10, 2015

    get your self some ModPodge and use your little scaps with the ModPodge to cover just about anything, boxes for storage, how about clay pots decorated to hold small items like on a desk top, scrape book covers, the ideas could be endless.

    • September 12, 2015

      Great idea Rebecca! Maybe the kids would like to do that too! Thanks :)

  3. mom permalink
    September 10, 2015

    Give them to your mom who does quilt! :) Actually not so easy in 2 different countries, I know! But…you can make potholders and placemats and coasters and … Have fun. The main thing is it all takes time!

    • September 12, 2015

      Yes :) All (at least) 20 lbs of them?! Would be easier if it didn’t cost to send them and using them up didn’t take time!

  4. September 10, 2015

    I’ve been working on destashing too. My plan may be overly complicated but I have yardages added to one of my etsy stores, at a future date I’ll send out a discount offer to my facebook followers, and then do a flash sale. My goal is to have it gone by the end of the year.

    I still hoard all my scraps, even though I haven’t quilted in years. Pretty pathetic.

    • September 12, 2015

      Hoarding scraps is a sign of a true fabric lover I guess, Melissa! We may just have to live with it!

  5. Bekki permalink
    September 10, 2015

    I’m not a quilter. Fat1/4s are good for small bags and purses. Half a metre will do a hat. I use all of my really small scraps for soft sculptures, appliqué and sewing together to make a larger piece (one over the other with the raw edge laying on top rather than sewing right sides together) to use as a base for some embroidery.

    • September 12, 2015

      True Bekki. Good ideas. Love the embroidery base option. Hmmm… I’ll have to keep that in mind!

  6. September 11, 2015

    I have lots of scrap busting projects- small fabric buckets, tea wallets, zipper cases, pot holders, etc. But, I always wish I could do better using them up. I swear they multiple in the scrap basket.

    • September 12, 2015

      Ha Kaylee! That’s it! Mine must be multiplying too! Who do you give all of your projects to?

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