View Full Version : What do you consider a scrap?

06-26-2012, 07:38 PM
This might be a silly question, but when working with fabrics and you have scraps, what do you keep and what do you throw away? As in size?

I have a hard time throwing anything away and really need to de-cluter what I have. I'm afraid I might need it someday.

06-26-2012, 08:37 PM
I keep pretty much everything. Every once in a while, I'll go through and sort them by size. The smallest pieces are great for decoupage.
Use Mod Podge (or a mixture of white glue and water) to glue the pieces of material on old glass jars to make candle holders or vases or whatever. It's a great project for kids to do, and the material scraps are sturdier and hold up better than paper.
If you have long thin strips, you can use them to make a fairly sturdy pinata. Or, if you do it fairly thick, and then coat with a clear acrylic, you can make some nice "cloth" bowls for potpourri, or whatever. Use red and green fabric with a bit of yellow or white thrown in and make a bowl to display Christmas ornaments. Or use springtime colored material to make a bowl to display Easter Eggs. Or, to make homemade Easter Egg Baskets.
The larger pieces can be pieced together to make quilts and such. Or, you could even to use them to make a patchwork skirt or dress. Sew all the pieces together in whatever way you want to make a large rectangle. Make the rectangle as wide as you want your skirt long, and long enough to gather around you. Use elastic for the waistband, and you have a colorful skirt that will remind you of all the things the material was used for.

yummy mummy
06-26-2012, 10:07 PM
I can relate to having a lot of scraps......
Once in a while gIo to it, and get rid of some. I usually get rid of anything that is less than one square foot, and anything that I really don't like.

06-26-2012, 10:14 PM
I think it depends on what you like to make. I make rag rugs and I only consider fabric to be scrap when it's less than one inch wide and one foot long. Quilters can use the tiniest pieces. Decoupage uses pieces that are very small. Doll makers and miniaturists use extremely small pieces.

And heaven forbid that we should ever throw anything away.:laughing:

07-25-2012, 12:02 PM
Maybe you can use them into tiny home decorations like pillow cover flower.

08-05-2012, 11:23 AM
I use my smallest bits of scrap fabric as stuffing for other projects (rag dolls, pillows, etc), so I never throw anything away.