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Scrappy Fabric Ideas from A to Z

Leftover fabric scraps are much like stumbling upon fabric serendipity – bringing good fortune and luck, but finding it right among your sewing stash!

For a play on words, a homophone if you will - sew many scrap fabric ideas, sew little time! Ideas for using those precious small pieces of fabric are as abundant as the stars. Just a few scrap happy ideas from A to Z: aprons, appliance cuffs, button pins, bows, bunting and bowls, coffee cozies and coasters, dolls, dog toys and dusters – wait, there is more…

Earbud pouches and eye glass cases, then fabric flowers and flip flops, onto grocery bag holders, gadget pouches and the necessary hot pads and hair clippies. Don’t forget iPad and iPod covers, jewelry travel keepers, key fobs, key chains and keyboard rest. Onto lanyards and letter pillows, mug mats and mouse pads, needle keepers and necklaces. There is yet more – ornaments, potholders, pincushions, pillows and of course quilts.

The list could go on forever - rag rugs and rice bags, scented sachets, snack bags and scissor holders, table runners and totes. Undies, vino bottle covers, wreaths, wrist-lets and wallets. A few more to go - X and O fabric letters for Tic Tac Toe quilt fun, the ever fun-to-make yo-yo's and to finish - zippered carryalls of all sizes!

There are endless ways to use up fabric scraps. The words fabric scraps may certainly be misnamed. Much like glove box in a vehicle (who puts gloves in there), honeydew melon (not honey or dew), and turkeys, that favorite feathered entree that appears on an American Thanksgiving table, comes not from Turkey but North America.

Fabric scraps could be thought of as small fabric treasures, fabric odds ‘n ends, or crafting fabrics. Whatever they are called, fabric pieces multiply quickly, require no feeding or watering, happily lie in wait for whatever fate befalls them, but do have this tendency to call out for attention. These bits of textiles charm us all, from courageous beginning sewer to admirable advanced sewist. Intriguing and brimming with crafting possibilities they call for us to go where no one has gone before. From shabby chic to prims (country rustic), from traditional and contemporary, whimsical and wistful, bits of fabric can inspire and delight us all.

Sew happy, sew inspired.

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