The Stash Busting Challenge: Repurpose/ReUse Sewing Tutorials

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Another month, another step toward toward Stash Busting! So far this year, we've talk about the idea of stashbusting,   found other bloggers on the journey, talked re-use and re-cycle.  This month I'm looking at sewing tutorials that asks us to use those scraps of beloved fabrics we save to make quick smart projects.


Thimbly Things cut up her maternity jeans to make several bibs for her wee ones.  Then chose to make more for a friend, and shared the process with us In Praise of Denin Bibs.  While her construction is based on CraftyStylish's tutorial by Linda Permann: How to Make a Recycled Bib, I like the suggestion of buttons or velcro for the closure instead of having to purchase and use a snap-set.

By tracing bibs you already have, you can make a ton of bibs without ever printing a pattern.  And by using denim, you don’t need interfacing or fancy showercurtain material.   They’re easy to clean and don’t easily stain.  And who doesn’t have spare jeans hanging around?


SMALL shared a delightful project by Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread to make a whimsical mobile from scrap fabrics and wooden hoops.  Lisa has posted a more detailed version at her blog The Red Thread:

These sweet little birds are fun to make with children and are a lovely decoration for their bedroom. They'd also look pretty hanging from the trees amongst fairy lights on a summer’s night. And it's a great way to use up fabric scraps.

The project has a few different parts, so it can be done in stages if your child’s attention wanes. In our part of the world it would be a great project for rainy wintry days during the July school holidays. It's quite simple... not as complicated as it looks!

Can you imagine a better way to use those fabric scraps too small for a project but too dear to throw away?

Well maybe one:

A common use of fabric scraps is to make a string quilt - where small strips of fabric are sewn to a paper or fabric backround in a completely random way.  Often at the end of each day's sewing, the scraps are added to some of the string foundations.  Quiltville added more interest to this process by publishing directions for a Spiderweb string pieced quilt.  The end result will look much harder than the process really is.


Kicking_K wrote cool instructions for making a Fabric Watch-Strap Cover.  These covers can make your watch coordinate with your outfit - turning a watch more dressy or more casual.  It also help with contact-metal allergies.

photo credits:  Scrappy mobile: Lisa Tilse
Denim bibs: kristenaderrick's flickrstream
Spiderweb String Quilt: mle_val'l flickrstream
Fabric Watch Band Covers: Kicking_K

Debra Roby blogs her creative life at A Stitch in Time and her journey to fitness at Weight for Deb.

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