Saturday, June 14, 2008

Super Scraps

One of the needs of a dedicated craft person is, to have super scraps. They are affordable, take up less space, and if you are a shopper.....you can find many vintage fabrics at yard sales or flea markets. I couldn't live without them and sometimes I make my own! Some quilters only buy quarter fats, that's precut quarter of a yard of material, I say buy bulk and measure later!



Here is a list of the top five crafts that are useful for any leftover scrap:

1. Wall hangings and quilts

2. Pillows and rugs

3. Doll clothes and character embellishment

4. Stuffed plushies and beanie babies

5. Ornaments and Christmas stockings


Wool scraps are useful for penny rugs or braided rugs, cotton is the primary fabric for tied wreaths or segmented stuffed wreaths, reserve sheers for pillows, and almost anything goes for anything else!
So remember, when you see a large lot of little fabric pieces and the price is right, it might be you don't need them, but you want one striking pattern out of the bunch, buy it. It can't hurt.


Thinking I might get the studio/craft room done before I become over run! C&G Design.

8 comments:

tina said...

Very good advice for sewers. Even non-sewers. I bought a whole box of fabric for $5. I only wanted the outdoor fabric for my potting bench, but got some nice stuff. Don't know what I'll use it for but you never know...

Dawn said...

I suspected I wasn't the only one who did that, I've gotten so many other nice pieces that way. Price is right! Remember the under bed boxes? Yellow seventies pattern, cardboard? I got one full of wool for 5. Yeah!!

Jean said...

That was a good buy Dawn for wool. Nana used to go to the mill in Lisbon for wool. Wormbo or something like that. I thought it had closed down but I see the sigh when I go up to your house so I guess it must not have.

tina said...

When I lived in Faytetteville, one of my friend's sisters would buy old wool coats from thrift stores, cut them up and use in wool rugs.

Skeeter said...

I have lots of little scraps from this and that and will probably never use them but ya never know, someday I might....

In Germany, a woman made bears from scraps and sold them in our Craft Store. She also stuffed the bears with scraps and old clothes! She dressed them in children’s small clothes sizes. She did a wonderful job... I have one of the bears and it is soooo heavy

Dawn said...

Hi Guys,
Mom, Wormbo has a seconds shop by the mill, I,m not sure if the mill is operating and I think it has a mother plant some place else. Didn't know Nana did that, they make blankets.
Tina, not too many wool coats in the thrifts, too cold up here. But I knew a crafter that bought the real furs, (split seams or a bad spots on them) and made them into teddys, so cute!
Skeeter, I've been know to stuff a couch pillow then cover with heavy fabric, everyone who comes here comments on how they love them because of the weight. Shhh, I never tell them! How nice you got to work so closely with crafts. Bet you have so neat ideas, can tell by your holiday displays.

Jean said...

Another good thing for stuffing things are old panty hose. Soft, lightweight and washable.

DP Nguyen said...

You can do so much with scraps. It's really amazing. Just a little talent and some time, and you can create some really nifty things.