Annnnd that’s a scrap: the Scraptember round-up

Scraptember has come and gone, but what a month it was! Thanks to everyone who shared their creations in the Sewcialists flickr pool. I’m excited to share them in today’s round-up!


A print and solid Polly top from Claire

A pieced blouse from Sophie, who made this awesome schematic of her scrap sources.

Heather’s floral and solid Scout

Lily Sage & Co.

Debbie’s neoprene top

Sara’s sweatshirt made from wool knits

Skirts & Pants:

Gillian’s Hudson pants with a floral scrap detail

HoffiCoffi’s cars skirt


Becky’s patchwork skirt in progress. What an undertaking!


Lily Sage & Co.

Debbie’s leather-embellished tunic

Katie’s patchwork dress

My dress

Accessories & Unmentionables:

Gillian’s colorful undies

Shannon’s back to school pouches


Marilla’s leather bag, made from inter-generational scraps!


And from Sarah, a sewing accessory! She made a pincushion from scraps, stuffed with – guess what – more scraps!

For the kiddos:

Shannon’s bear sleepover

Lily Sage & Co

Debbie’s self-drafted tunic

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Debbie’s Hide and Seek dresses

Meg’s Figgy’s rainb0w-winged Stellar tunic

Shannon’s scooter skirt

Gillian’s super stylish toddler leggings

Big thanks to everyone who shared their projects this month; I was thoroughly inspired by all of them and I hope you were, too. If you made something for Scraptember that I somehow missed, please let me know and I’ll do a follow-up post.

And!! If you still feel like you have an excess of scraps – who doesn’t? – please carry on the festivities of Scraptember into the rest of the year!

Tips for sewing with scraps

With a full weekend (plus a few days!) left in September, I thought I’d share a few ideas in case you’re planning a little scrap fun this weekend!

1. Sort your scraps
If you’re anything like me, your scraps are stored in an undignified, dusty heap of a bin. I may or may not cross my fingers that said bin will close as I stuff yet more scraps in. Doing a scrap project is entirely unpalatable until I lay my scraps out and actually see what I’m working with. This helps me identify larger pieces, favorite scraps, etc – which brings me to my next idea.

2. Look for similarities
One of my favorite things in scrap sewing, nay, in life, is to sort things according to similarities. I find that this is an especially fun technique for scrap fabrics. Look for one or two characteristics that you like, such as color, fiber, texture, print, or weight. (Given the monochromatic nature of my recent sewing projects, I was able to amass a pile of grey, white and silver linens for my Scraptember project.)

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3. Or, go crazy and look for contrast!
Bright colors! Light and dark! Thin and thick! Textured and smooth! You can make some stunning combinations with contrasting fabric scraps. Using contrast can highlight your seams and design lines in a great way.



4. Consider dye
If you want a cohesive look, you can stitch some scraps together and dye them! If you want all of your scraps to pick up the dye, check first and see what fibers your dye will work with. I use Procion MX for plant-based fibers like cotton and linen and Jacquard for animal fibers like silk and wool, but there are many types of dyes.

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Boro from Jen Kao

5. Consider using your scraps as embellishment
Making your own applique or trim would be  a great way to use up scraps without sewing an entire garment with them. Check out how Debbie used leather scraps on a dress she made!

This list is by no means exhaustive as I’m an enthusiastic amateur scrap sewer, not an expert. Please share if you have any tips on sewing with scraps! And if you’d like your Scraptember projects to included in the round-up next week, please add your photos into the flickr pool.

Scrappy inspiration seen ’round blogland

Some of the most creative projects I’ve seen in my years of sewing and blogging have been made from scraps. I’m super excited to share a few of them with you today!

Carolyn, sewer extraordinaire who blogs at Handmade by Carolyn, has made quite a few scrappy projects since I’ve been following her blog. Recently, she sewed a linen dress and added a band of her own piece work and bias-bound neckline made of cotton scraps.

Devra of Puu’s Door of Time was inspired by a modern patchwork book. She raided her silk scraps to piece together the front of Datura blouse and the results are just incredible!

This next project is a scrappy sewing with an infusion of refashioning. Yoshimi used 4 unwanted pairs to create a new pair, and they’re just the coolest. She made them in 2010 and I still think about them.

Katherine from Bloom’s Endless Summer recently mixed prints, texture and color like a pro in her tank from scraps. She was inspired by the desire to minimize her scrap stash before a move.

Have you seen any other fantastic scrap projects in the sewing blog community lately?

Kicking off Scraptember!

Greetings, Sewcialists! Morgan here, kicking off Scraptember. The theme this month is simple: use those fabric scraps that we all have to sew up something beautiful and useful!

Creating projects from scraps is a fantastic (and cheap!) way to get creative with colors, textures and shapes. Here are a few of my inspirations for this month:

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These tops from OAOA have cool pieced sections inset in simple garments.

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A tank like this would be great for larger scraps and would work well with a pattern like the Wiksten or Tiny Pocket tanks that so many of us have in our pattern arsenal.

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This Sass & Bide top plays with interesting trims in between larger blocks of color and print and would look great in a woven or knit.

Sewing scrap garments can be as experimental or as simple as you like. If you enjoy the structure of using a pattern, consider using scrap pieces to sew up one of these:

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Seamster Pattern’s Yellowtail Tank

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Vogue 1247

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Deer & Doe Centauree

Finally, one of my favorite ways to sew with scraps is by making undies! Why not use Scraptember as an excuse to crank out some useful and cute new underthings for yourself or your loved ones? Our very own Gillian got Scraptember jump-started by making a undies out of her knit scraps.

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I’ll be back soon with more inspiration! In the meantime, please do share your scrappy makes in the Sewcialist Flickr pool if you’d like to be included in the end-of-month round-ups. Feel free to add #scraptember hashtag if and when you post anywhere else in sewing blog land.

And share: what are your favorite scrap-busting projects and patterns?