Fabric Scraps

As a renter obviously drilling holes in the wall is out of the question, even stick on hooks and blu-tak are out of bounds for me. Luckily I had 3 hooks that were already in the wall, before we moved in. So I had to make the most of them/utilize them straight away!

This may seem a bit silly but it works for me, anything to add colour to the less than desirable cream and beige walls.

It’s basically just a piece of IKEA home dec fabric. I sewed another fabric to the back of it (right side against right side), left an opening at the bottom, turned it the right way and sewed up the bottom. I did this to close off the edges. It doesn’t really bother me that you can see the repeat in the pattern. It is attached to the hooks with some bulldog clips. Nice, simple and easy!

I don’t even want to show you this next one completely in context next to the window, because the blinds are a revolting green/grey colour.

Anyway here is my awesome fabric covered canvas.

The print reminds me of the iconic 60’s marimekko flower print (my favorite!). I also made a sun dress out of this fabric a while back :)!

Covering a canvas is  pretty easy. I just bought an art canvas and used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the back. A good tip I discovered when doing some of these fabric covered canvases is to use double sided sticky tape between the canvas and fabric when deciding on the positioning (before you staple it on). That way you can re-position if necessary or ensure that it temporarily holds in place before using the staple gun.

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?