Make the Most of Your Leftovers!
I love leftovers, whether it’s a spaghetti dinner or fabrics leftover from a previous project!
Leftovers fabrics are free to be anything.
But, the trick is to be able to find your fabric!
There's no point in saving fabric leftovers if you can't find what you need Click To Tweet
Or saving fabric that you dislike!
I used to keep my fabrics in bins – organized by color.
Well, at least that is what I attempted to do, it seldom stayed that way.
I spent hours hunting through the bins of leftover fabrics, some of which I didn’t even like!It does pay to save most fabric leftovers - get rid of those that don't bring you joy Click To Tweet
By the end I’d get frustrated, giving up on the project or just buying more fabric.
Of course buying more fabric does have it’s benefits….soon those fabrics will be “leftovers too!!! YAY!)
I came up with this clever Idea to use large drawers, fitted with dividers, to house my scrappy fabrics.
It’s a work in progress I have to admit – but I’ve found it very helpful indeed!
What are you going to do with ALL of those Leftovers?
Leftovers, they are perfect for:
- Blocks for sampler quilts
- Scrappy borders
- Mug Rugs
- Crazy Quilting
- A Pieced Background or Backing
Examples below are from Desert Bloom Quilting, Links to tutorials are below.
Example below is from from Maryellen McAulifee of Mary Mack Made Mine.
You can learn more about Maryellen and her shop here.
Example below is from from Carol Ann Johnston of Moose Carol Quilts
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Examples below are from from Marlene Oddie of Kissed Quilts
You will be able to see more about these projects later this month on Marlene’s Blog Kissed Quilts
A Scrappy Quilting Example
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This quilt was made with fabric leftovers aka Scrap fabrics.
Modern Strip Piecing Forms the background for the primitive style floral design.
The floral design is hand appliqued and traditional piecing is used to frame the center.
Is this quilt for you?
It is if
- You enjoy color and modern art
- You have a free spirited nature and lurking beneath is an attraction to primitive folk art.
- You like seeing leftover materials creativity used rather than going to waste.
Although it is designed as a wall hanging, (with hanging sleeve attached)
Let your decorative style blossom.
It will look beautiful hanging on your wall – and equally stunning draped over the back of a chair, as a table topper, or an accent centered on the bed.
More Leftover Fabric Creation Inspiration
- Connie Kauffman of Connie Kauffman Designs- Playing with Leftovers
- Bea Lee of BeaQuilter – A Modern Batik Challenge
- Linda Pearl Stewart of The Patchwork Pearl
- Barbara Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts
- Patricia Bochey of Lemon Tree Snippets