It’s September at the beginning of a new year, many of us resolved to organize our sewing spaces and stashes. Hopefully you are not me and have accomplished this The question is where to start? Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter shares tips for making the most of your scrap fabric stash.
I value finding the perfect fabric for the perfect project and then carefully maximizing that piece of yardage so that we can get the biggest bang for our buck. (I am a product of the Great Depression)
As a result, we all have those leftover scraps that we don’t want to see go to waste. They’re kind of like precious friends that we can’t bear to see cast aside. But after a while, those fabric scraps can tend to multiply like rabbits. Then they start to take over your sewing space. I love the thought of getting better organized. This is my plan.
First, sort your scraps. If you have been accumulating fabric scraps for a long time, you may have a lot of scraps. Don’t be afraid to get rid of some of your scrap-stash. Part of being motivated to use your scraps is only having on hand scraps that inspire you to create something. If you feel pangs of guilt about getting rid of some of them, then take them to a local quilt guild or donate them to someone else who will give your scraps a new home and life.
To make your scraps more efficient, sort them by color. I currently have my scraps sorted by color because for me that is the most inspiring way to use them. It’s fun to pull them out and use them for improv log cabin. Another efficient way to sort scraps is by size. Quilt patterns using manufactured “precuts” (fabric in pre-cut sizes such as 5” squares or 2-1/2” x 42” strips) are widely available and very popular right now. You can collect your own pre-cuts by cutting fabric remnants into the same sizes as the manufacturers sell. That way you have a selection ready to go when you find just the right pattern.
One tip to keep in mind when using a large variety of scraps is to have a unifying color tie everything together, such as a background.
I am a sucker for scrap busting projects and DIY ideas! It’s such a fun to make the most out of all the small pieces of fabric.
Guess what? I am a fabric hoarder through and through. But I confess that I often buy large amounts of fabric. Even still, with loads of fabric I find that I have really hard time throwing away even the little scraps!
Thankfully there are so many awesome uses for fabric scraps.
- scraps are always handy for applique
- make some fabric twine (Cute idea, remember the Scrap bowl. I would use said twine.)
- sew some pieces together to make a quilted glasses case (Love it, but hardly makes a dent in the scrap bin.)
- make some reusable pads for facial cleansers or nail polish remover.
- quick-piece tiny squares to make some fun, scrappy fabric
I guarantee, it’s so satisfying to find a way to use up those scraps and give them a second life. The keys are purging and organizing – making your scrap pile appealing so that you’re motivated to dig in and make something pretty with those scraps!
Love you all!
Remember to check out Monday’s, September 18th’s Free PDF pattern How to Make a No-Sew Scrap Fabric Bowl and come back Monday September 25th’s for Big Bag from A Quilt Tutorial by SewCanShe.
Italian food my Favorite!
Ultimate Chicken Parm
- 4 chicken breasts pounded
- bread crumbs eggs, flour for breading station (I added parmesan cheese, fresh parsley chopped and garlic powder)
- Olive oil and extra virgin olive oil for frying
- Rao's sauce heated in saucepan or microwave
- Fontina cheese grated
- parsley chopped for garnish
- Season the chicken cutlets with salt.
- Dip in flour, egg, breadcrumbs.
- Heat oil in skillet (I used enameled cast iron) and pan fry cutlets until golden on both sides. I only cooked them until about 150 degrees.
- (I did this step a few hours ahead which is a time saver.)
- When ready for dinner, I heated the chicken on a cast iron sheet pan at 350 until almost160 degrees.
- Top the centers with fontina leaving the edges to crisp and broil a few minutes until melted. (This will finish the chicken cooking time)
- Remove and pour on sauce down the center, topping with parsley.