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Thread: Really Skinny Strips of Fabric

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    Really Skinny Strips of Fabric

    I have been cutting Jelly Rolls and have left on each side skinny stips of from 1/2" to about 1" width of fabric.
    Is there a use for these "really skinny strips". I hate to toss them in the dumpster. I save those of over about
    1.5" for string quilts. The speghetti ones are taking over the place.

    Do crochet groups use such as this? Or others for making rugs etc.

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    Here is an idea for using those small pieces

    I saw this quilt at the Olympia Quilters Quilt show this month. The quilter used really small pieces for her quilt. I wish the photos were better but all I had was my cell phone to take pictures.
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    I have seen some of all sizes sewn together and cut into blocks. I put any small scraps I can not use out for the birds to build their nest.

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    I use the really skinny strips on top and sew them on with raw egdes when I'm doing scrappy's.
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    I use really skinny strips for borders on table runners. They look like the first edge of a photo matting when I am done. Working with skinny strips and trying to be very exacting ... it takes lots of starch. For the 1/2 inch strips I use my needle over function and sew just over an 1/8 inch seam. Lots more used for the 1 inch , some of the most fabulous string quilts are made from these really skinny strips. I know you use the 1.5 inch but do intermingle some really skinny ones. I also love log cabins mde from 1 inch strips.

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    Skinny pieces could be used for crumb blocks, or sewn together to make strata or incorporated into free pieced "made fabric", applique...lots of uses!!
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    i'm making a Dear Jane with 4.5" blocks. it uses lots of skinny pieces
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    What about using the Kabnet wax papers as a base and sewing string quilts that way? It might take forever, but otherwise, they might be wasted.

    Also you could use them for stuffing pin cushions if you do that...or throw 'em in an envelope and mail it off as a PIF for postage.

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    If I don't want to sew them I save them to tie up my tomato plants

    I love that quilt that was posted!

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    Absolutely! Spiderweb quilts, string quilts, even look up selvedge edge projects.

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    The Ladies doing the Mini Quilts use these tiny pieces!
    If you're thinking of tossing them ... talk to OKSewGlad ... I bet she'd gladly she'd gladly adopt them and turn them into something for the Alzheimers Quilt Initiative.
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    I used 1" strips (1/2" finished width) as the outline strips on my celtic knotwork pieced wallhanging. Need to take a picture of it once I get the dowel rods on the back to hold it stretched.

    You can also use that width strips as a very narrow flange for framing a block when the background of your print and your sashing would be too close to the same color. Creates a piping type look.

    Not sure about trying to use the 1/2" strips except as something for really skinny stems on needleturn applique maybe?
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    I used batting as a foundation and did Stockings so esay and fun project with strips.
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    One inch??!! That is WIDE!! I use them down to about 1/2 " for my tiny string quilts. Like in my avatar. We use the one inch strips for Log Cabins.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ts-t74944.html

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    Oh my gosh....what alot of work! It turned out beautifully.

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    1/2" is what I use to make baskets
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    I use them for knitting. How much do you want for them?

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    Lovely basket!! Forgot to add, I also crochet hot mats with them. I would love to see what you knit with them, colores!

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    I am making a quilt for my DGD that is all graduated strips in a square. Each square has two colors and each color is cut into 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4" and 2" strips. Then you put them together graduating from each side. It is all batiks in purples and blues and is turning out beautiful.

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    I spent several recent long winter evenings sewing a big bag of them end to end and winding into balls. Will crochet them into a scatter rug.

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    You could cut them much smaller and use them in a confetti quilt.

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    I crochet purses with them.

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    I braid them, and then I put them into bags because someday I'll get around to making the braided rug I've been planning to make for the last ten years...one of my many non-quilt UFOs. Really skinny strips get braided to make little braids, then three of the little braids get braided together to make one fat braid. I also have miles and miles of ~1 1/2 inch strips of T-shirt material left over from T-shirt quilts, for which I only used the fronts. When three of those strips get braided together it makes a braid the same width as the fat braid above. Then you put them in bags and leave them in your closet.

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    i have some 'skinnys' if anyone is interested in them for postage.. I could probably fill a padded FRE or two..

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    I have seen a group on YouTube that weaves bags by threading thin strips of material between string that is stretched over cardboard.

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