Consider this magnificent scrap, I’ve been holding onto it for 50 years or so. Loosely rendered daffodils on cotton, one of my all time favorites. It was my grandmother’s dress. This last little bit will be a couple hexies, there is pretty much, just barely, enough. I like scraps. My beginnings are in the mountains of scraps my mother kept in the attic. Giant garbage bags (seriously, the jumbo ones) bursting with mostly cotton prints.
For the third year in a row, in February, we celebrate scraps. A little extra. I’ve rounded up a bunch of scrap friendly projects and made you a new free sewing pattern.
11 + project ideas for your scraps :
1. Minimalist mice (or bunnies) by wild olive. You could turn the sweet, simple design into all sorts of pocket creatures. The combination of raw linen and small charming prints is lovely.
2. This needle and thread case. I shared this in the newsletter last year and I think it is the most popular project to date.
3. Scrap seam binding. Checkout this easy way to make seam binding from scraps. I use tons of seam binding for mending and I love the way this pieced together stuff looks.
4. Angry apple cores – my newest free pattern – disgruntled and mostly eaten fruit.
5. Scrap quilts. This collection is impressive and inspiring and it might motivate me to finish one of the many scrap quilt tops I have begun and abandoned.
6. For your wool and felt scraps – an embroidered scissor keeper.
7. Fabric sailboats – they twirl in the breeze and cast lovely shadows plus they are great for your bigger scraps –
8. Hexie-logcabin pieced potholders from sewshecan.
9. Stitched envelopes. so many possibilities for these. Find a DIY for cotton envelopes here and and a wool or felt version here.
10. And you will of course need sweet stamps.
11. For tiny scraps, classic sarubobo plush.
And so many more! I added a bunch of other scrap projects last year – lucky fish, minimalist chickens and a little owl ornament among them – find them all on the free pattern page.
Do you have a great idea for a scrap project? Do you have a half finished quilt top in your closet?! Let me know in the comments and happy 2021 scrap festival to you.
Of course the tiny rag doll need overalls. And they come in mr. socks size too cause I’m nice like that. They’re easy and quick to make and you could scale the pattern up for larger dolls. Sew them completely by hand or some seams can be done on machine if you like.
You will need :
light weight cotton fabric
a basic sewing kit
and optional – tiny buttons and little scraps for patches
1. Pin the strap fabric to single piece of fabric. Pin the overalls pattern to a doubled piece with the right sides together. Pin the lining to a single piece of fabric – you can use a contrasting fabric or the same as the overalls.
Note – I’m using a print from the French General new lawn cottons. The prints are all super sweet and great for small dolls.
2. Mark the seam line lightly in pencil on the wrong side of the lining piece and both overall pieces. It’s also helpful to mark the front and back on the overall pieces as indicated on the pattern.
3. With the right sides of the fabric together sew just the front seam of the overalls as shown in red above – stopping at the end of the curve.
4. Clip a couple little notches in the seam allowance at the curve. Be careful not to clip the seam.
5. Press the straight part of the seam open.
6. Press the top seam allowance over – wrong sides together – on the lining and overalls.
7. Place the lining on the overalls with the right sides together and pin. Stitch only the curved seams as shown above. Clip little notches into the seam allowance.
I’ve scoured the interwebs to find awesome scrap sewing projects and ideas for you plus a tutorial from me that I’m excited to share. You might notice that pincushions, an ideal scrap fabric project and essential tool, are missing from this list. I’m planning a whole separate post later this month devoted to pincushions.
PS – If you haven’t already check out the 2019 scrap festival project list. And there are 4 more project ideas here.
11 ideas for your scraps
1. Pieced Feathers – Easy to do and you could make all sorts of things with them – the tutorial is great.
2. Sashiko Sampler Potholders – They are lovely and a great opportunity to try sashiko stitching.
3. Little House Sachets – So sweet! Every detail is just right. And I get almost as excited about a good smell as I do about scraps.
And two more for the kitchen:
4. Acorn pot holder – make a pot holder or just follow the clever piecing directions and make a little acorn bag. What’s cuter than a patchwork acorn?
5. And everybody needs this pot handle cover.
6. Potluck Quilt – for the most ambitious among you. I want to make this and I definitely have enough scraps. I feel like it’s a good long term project, good early morning work.
7. Squircles…. I love the idea of appliquéing these hand cut imperfect shapes and playing with color etc. There are squircles in my future.
8. Picnic bugs – I made you a tutorial for these cheerful bugs – it’s perfect for little scraps.
9. Hexie Ball – such an interesting way to sew a 3 dimensional shape. Abby Glassenberg has a great tutorial.
10. Scrap Table Runner – I love Amy’s easy technique – it pretty much quilts itself, so clever.
11. Bow garland – This garland is as simple as it gets and it’s great for really tiny scraps that you couldn’t possibly part with. It’s so simple and would be sweet and magical in a little girl’s room.
Bonus scrap idea!
Make French Hens! the nesting box is made using this free tutorial. The chickenizing details are there too. And get the wobbler pattern (that’s what the body is made from) on sale!
Check my free pattern page for more ways to use your awesome scraps.
If you’ve got a great scrap project idea share it in the comments!
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And instructions. Epic instructions. They just go on and on. I hope to add more concise printer friendly instructions later but my Christmas brain just isn’t capable of it. We are making Mediterranean inspired little sail boats with lateen rigging – a single triangular sail on a relatively short mast.
What you will need:
large cereal box
newspaper- 2 colors
wall paper paste
skewers. dowels or twigs
heavy duty thread
needles – various sizes
(click thumbnails for larger images)
Download the pattern here and cut it out on the dotted line – the solid lines are for scoring – there are little triangles on one end – you can fold those back to trace the line onto your cardboard and poke your pencil through the tip of the V on the pattern to mark your cardboard.
Use a ruler to draw the lines as shown on the pattern. I’ve highlighted the lines to score in red. Use the BACK of your exacto knife to score the lines in red and then gently bend the boat into shape…… Read More
How to make a tiny tophat (in excruciating detail).
What you will need: top hat pattern (click to download pdf), black poster board, scissors, manicure scissors ( for trimming the little curved bits), elmer’s glue, floral tape, large paper clips, a light color pencil, a dowel or something for curling the poster board and black glitter.
Trace the 3 pattern pieces onto the black poster board and cut them out. I use a large paintbrush handle to curl all the pieces a little as shown below. I feel this step is key to your success as a tiny tophat maker. Next, overlap the edges of the cylinder about a 1/4″, glue, and clamp with a paperclip.
When the cylinder is dry trim off any extra bits you might have so the bottom and top edges are pretty smooth, apply glue liberally to the top and bottom edges and place the brim and top. I use floral tape to hold it all together while it dries.
When the glue has dried trim off any excess on the top and brim and shape and smooth the brim with your fingers. Use the exacto knife to poke a hole in the bottom and then insert the little scissors to cut the opening.
Paint it quickly and completely with elmer’s glue, give it a roll or shake in the glitter, leave it to dry and brush off the excess glitter with a stiff paint brush or old toothbrush. Finished!
Hello tiny tophat!