I make Pencil Cases :). What do you do with your fabric scraps?

I love the PROCESS of sewing and I’m sure you understand what I mean! Something about creating something functional and pretty and being part of the entire process.

But sometimes fitting a garment and alternating patterns part can leave me so disenchanted with sewing. It’s not that I hate it (all the time) but as with doing anything you are not very good at, a lot of frustration and tedium and uncertainty is part of the learning process.

So often I have step away from the fitting process (especially this stupid halter dress) and go back  to doing a super quick basic sewing project(s) to kind of reignite my passion for making stuff. Actually I think I have written about this before.

So I decided I wanted to use some pretty fabric scraps and I make a fair few pencil cases.

I have stopped getting any shifts at my work. I used to work an average of 3 days a week at my job and this week I have zero shifts (they are cutting down on people to save money)… so selling these pencil cases on etsy may not be a bad idea!

They are fully lined and I also added an iron-on interfacing to make them more study.

Most of them are pretty large (25cm/over 9 inchs) but I made one really little one (pictured above). I am keeping it because it wasn’t perfectly straight/symmetrical. I now use it in my handbag for storing my  loyalty cards, ipod, shopping lists and fabric samples. Yay!

Here are the bigger ones…

The bird fabric was from a store-bought skirt that I took apart and re-purposed as was the green floral :). I have two skirts made from the leopard print fabric I used here’s one.

The gingham and the white fabric with black dots are left overs from dresses I made and the cute anchor fabric was leftover fabric from a top I made years ago.

Why am I mentioning this stuff?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how to use scraps and leftover fabric. Because I always over-buy when I fabric shop so I end up with a lot of scraps.

Quilting has never appealed to me. I am by no means against it though! I have seen some gorgeous quilts on the Internet that are a lot more clean, modern and stylish than the image I have in my head of the quilts and “quilting”.

Last week I donated 3 bags worth of my smaller scraps to a lady who quilts for charity. I felt sort of bad because I filled it with little pieces. didn’t know what she would deem usable or how small was too small for a usable scrap.

What do you do with your fabric scraps?

  1. I know what you mean about becoming disenchanted once in a while when sewing clothes. I had just such a weekend. No matter what I tried to do, nothing was working. I was going to make some wallets or little cases like yours but I watched a movie instead. I guess, it’s good to once in awhile to take a break. Thanks for sharing, and I love your pencil cases.

  2. Anne W said:

    I hoard them! Then about once a year or so I go through them and make piles to donate to the local playgroup. The rest go back to being hoarded. I used to be able to use the smaller bits (I also overbuy when purchasing fabric, I hate being short) for kiddies clothes, but the kiddies are too tall, big and old for that now! I made lots of bunting last year in an attempt to use up more scratty bits. I love the fabrics you are using for these pencil bags, cute!

    • Haha me too because you never know when they may come in handy!
      Thank you :). Bunting is a great idea I must try that sometime!

  3. Yes! sometimes things don’t work out how we imagine or intend but that’s OK once in a while 🙂 Thankyou kindly 🙂

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