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What do I do with small scraps?

Old 08-30-2020, 10:48 AM
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I have been collecting scraps less than 1" or so but bigger than pure trash, thinking they would be useful for dog beds. But then I was told dogs chew thru the covers and choke on the scraps -- Is there any use for the 9 bags of these that I found under my work table today?
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Old 08-30-2020, 11:31 AM
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You could make a confetti quilt.
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...quilt+tutorial

Or a collage quilt

Or a mosaic quilt like the mini mosaic quilt posted here on QB by nancycreates
https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...t-t312297.html

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...i+mosaic+quilt

This link also has a video about the snippets technique.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ting+technique

you could also make doll size quilts or potholders or pincushions or coasters
there are lots of small projects you could try

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Old 08-30-2020, 11:34 AM
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If you sort them by colours, you can makes snibbles landscape pictures. You rotary cut the pieces into smaller pieces and group them together to form pictures. A layer of tulle goes over the top and you FMQ over to hold them all in place. Watch some YouTube videos to get the technique.
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Old 08-30-2020, 11:34 AM
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Wow! If not dogs why not for cat rescues. You can also make pillows with them as the filling /stuffing. I have a friend that also stuffs pillow cases with her scraps and sews them into pillows that can be used at homeless shelters. They are easy to was or even give way to a patron. Just a couple of thought for those 9 bags of little scraps.
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I don't save scraps less than 2". I love making quilts but, have no patience or desire to use anything smaller.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:17 PM
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I was wondering about making pillows with the small scraps -- wouldn't the pillows get really heavy? I suppose if the pillows were small enough, it wouldn't be so heavy. Just a thought.

Mindless had a lot of good ideas.

Do you think any of the schools could use them to make pictures like the schnibbles landscapes or whatever they would do with paint, but use the scraps and glue them down?
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I was wondering about making pillows with the small scraps -- wouldn't the pillows get really heavy? I suppose if the pillows were small enough, it wouldn't be so heavy. Just a thought.

Mindless had a lot of good ideas.

Do you think any of the schools could use them to make pictures like the schnibbles landscapes or whatever they would do with paint, but use the scraps and glue them down?
That's my thought too about the pillows/petbeds filled with scraps. Picture washing them, a big bag of fabric pieces - it's not the same as polyfill. Then it would take a long time to dry in the drier.
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Recently I watched a video from Missouri Star Quilt Co and Jenny Doan was sewing small scraps together randomly and when she felt the patchwork was big enough she squared it off. She said she saves scraps as small as 1 inch. This may be a way to use up all of your scraps.
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Old 08-31-2020, 06:45 AM
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I don't save scraps less than 2". I love making quilts but, have no patience or desire to use anything smaller.
Me too. I have made three crumb quilts and I don't use anything smaller than 2 inches. I STILL have 3 drawers full of crumbs and 2 baskets full of strings. I think they are having babies.LOL
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It is my understanding that our local branch of the Humane Society does not want the scrap beds. Other shelters may have other feelings but I would check first with the one(s) you are interested in.

I've tried various storage methods and various projects to deal with tiny bits of fabric. I started out with a hamper that turned into a terrible snarled mess that I didn't want to deal with. I tried cutting down into usable widths of various sizes. After 10 or so years of that, a couple of years ago I decided that I simply do not want to store or deal with pieces under 6.5" wide because I can always cut down, but I can't cut up. It's a size usable for almost anything, is easy to store and sort.

I think the methods for cutting pieces down into like sized bits works a lot better if you have a consistent fabric style, like my friend who pretty much always works in batiks, that means her scraps are batik and they go together well. Or if you like traditional calicos or civil war or juvenile or 30s or whatever floats your boat. But my fabric tastes go all over the place and although I can put everything in one top, it's a lot harder when "everything" really is everything...

I've found a crumb quilter on the boards and she now gets use of my string/straighten the grain cuts, my fussy cut scraps, and anything smaller than that 6.5" strip I keep. A lot of what I send isn't really crumbs, but again, she can cut down and I can't cut up. I keep a flat rate box next to my cutting area and fill it up with strata of my cutting. It's like an archaeology dig going through the layers in the box and looking at the projects I made... Some years I'm more productive or clearing out more stuff than others, so now I'm pretty much out of all my little strips and my boxes are fewer, maybe one a year now instead of every couple of months when I was actively clearing out all those strips I had...

Yes, I pay for postage -- as I say it is the price I pay to set my fabric free and to encourage me to think before I spend. I have no guarantees if anything I send gets used, but I know some of it does because I've seen projects. But it was fabric I no longer wanted to deal with even if it was usable. Sure, it happens that as soon as I mail someone a box of something a perfect use comes up with what I just sent out. That's going to happen And it's going to happen that some of what I send is ultimately not wanted. At least we gave it a chance!
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