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Sewing Inspiration: How to use up scrap fabric

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‘Left over scrap fabric is a conundrum for every stitcher’ says the organisers of the Knitting and Stitching Show. I’ve taken on the challenging of sharing my tips on how to use up scrap fabric left over from dressmaking at the show. Find me at the Knitting and Stitching Show on Thursday 6th October at 4:15pm. I’ll be at the Creative Living Theatre in the Great Hall. It is free to join as part of your entry ticket.

Zero Waste: Scrap fabric

Earlier this month I created craft projects with cotton poplin fabrics for zero waste week. This included a hot water bottle cover, a cushion (with filling) and an appliqued skirt for my niece. They were all fun projects to make and helped reduce my stash of scrap fabric.

zero waste how to make a cushion pad and cushion cover from scrap fabric

For the Knitting and Stitching show I thought I would focus on the fabric left over from just one project, Maven’s Simone co-ord set. I made the trouser and top set for my mum’s upcoming birthday celebrations from vintage fabric. Vintage fabric can often be narrow in width. I’m a size 16-18 so a wider fabric is more economical for my larger sized pattern. With a narrow width of fabric it means I need more length. However, most of the vintage fabric I source for my shop are one off, individual pieces. Longer pieces are not always available.

Narrow width vintage fabric

I’ll be starting by sharing how to get the most out of narrow pieces of fabric. For this project I used two co-ordinating fabrics and mixed them up to make it part of the design.

Then I give my tips on practical and wearable scrap busting projects. Working with around a metre of scrap fabric in various shapes and in the two designs I managed to create co-ordinated pockets and a stripe down the side of the trousers. A drawstring cord, scarf and accessories.

Come along to my talk to find out how I managed to get all of these items from small pieces of fabric. The fabric I used was a silky polyester viscose, so I had to vary the items I made compared to the projects using cotton poplin.

Sewing Workshop to use scrap fabric

Join me earlier on the 6th October (2pm) to learn how to make a vintage pinny. Only 4 places left (at the time of posting this). The workshop lasts 1 hour and costs £19 in addition to your entry ticket. This includes a kit with the pinny pattern, instructions, vintage fabric and trims. Click on the button below to book but scroll down until you see a photo of a yellow pinny on the right hand side.

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Milly Pinny