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Thread: upholstery samples-yes, again-I know , how many times can we talk about uphostery samples?

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    I guess one more time. I did go back and read some of the older posts concerning this topic.

    My problem-our group (MSPquilting Angels in Germantown, MD) has received a huge amount of upholstery samples- books and the nice larger pieces. Plus the little books with 4-5" pieces of decorative trims.

    We are taking the lighter weight fabrics to work them into quilts, the bigger pieces we'll make into soldier bags-the bags for the QOV's.

    I picked up a couple of small sample books to use for my sunbonnet sue accuquilt cutter. They are about 5" samples by the time I cut off the paper.

    The label says: 58% cotton, 42% polyester. Dry clean only.

    I put them in a sink with hot water and soap and hand washed them roughly-you know like kneading bread. And hung them to dry. They seem ok. I don't want to put these small pieces in the washer/dryer. I plan on spraying them water, ironing and then spray starching and ironing before I cut them.

    So, do you think it's ok to use for applique or should I find a way to wash properly?

    What are you suggestions for the use of uphostery fabrics? You would not believe how many we have received.

    One year I made eye glass cases, which were really easy and fast to make buy nobody bought any.

    What sells well at craft fairs? We will have a booth at the church craft fair later this year. We are making quilted placemats (also as an exercise in praciticing quiilting so more people will quilt thier own quilts and to practice binding-some of us aren't greatest with our binding. ) and another person is making some aprons from non-quit type fabrics.

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    I have made purses from them and duffel bags. I also used them to cover my couch with in a scrappy way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsM
    I have made purses from them and duffel bags. I also used them to cover my couch with in a scrappy way.
    Love your style.

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    How are you doing your applique? If it is needle turn, it might not turn under well and fray. If machine quilting down with Wonder Under on the back they should be okay. Are any of the pieces the right size and thickness to be used for tissue cases? There is a good tutorial for them on this board. What about Snap Dragon bags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsM
    I have made purses from them and duffel bags. I also used them to cover my couch with in a scrappy way.
    I've never thought of using them to make purses or duffel bags -- are there any patterns online for that?

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    Those grocery totes are pretty quick to make and would sell. Also, how about patchwork aprons.
    And pet blankets, small enough to cover a car seat or for on a chair. Lots of people with pets nowdays. Don't need any batting, just a top and bottom stitched together.

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    I've been searching for some ideas.

    Do you think upholstery fabric would work with oven mits or trivits? I guess if it's mostly cotton-at least for tivits.

    This is a few links I've found:

    simple fabric coffee coz sleevey:
    http://www.liberatecreativity.com/20...ffee-cozy.html

    maybe with a matching mug rug:
    http://tipnut.com/mug-rugs/

    Pocket Hanger Cover-towards the bottom of the page.
    http://tipnut.com/hanger-cover-tutorial/

    Here's a simple lined tote:
    http://girls-go-green.blogspot.com/2...out-of_21.html

    a nice tutorial for a walker bag:
    http://www.instructables.com/id/SewU...ssional-Touch/

    ipod case:
    http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/acc...diy-ipod-case/


    Something I'll never try:
    http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/u...le-patch-dress

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    We make pew pillows for our church.

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    Someone in my guild made little needle cases with small samples. She made the book type that fastens with some velcro and some round ones that fold up.

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    foundation crazy quilt blocks. butt the pieces and overlay a trim piece to join. use a fancy machine stitch to sew down. two big blocks, back to back, make a nice pot holder. two bigger ones, a hot pad. don't use batt on the quilt - it's heavy enough. use insulated fabric for the holders and pads.

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