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Thread: What to do with fabric swatches?

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    I have got 2 tubs of upholestry swatches. I have a restore here that calls whenever they get some in. I get a huge bag for $5.00. I made a quilt out of the more cotton ones for my daughter but have the "textured" squares left of many prints and textures. I know some people make pillows with them, but has anyone ever tried to make handbags, totes or quilts with the heavier fabric? Would love some ideas or if someone could use them please let me know.

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    Yes. you can use them to make tote bags and purses. I've done both. Other than that I don't know what to use them for either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabcoke
    I have got 2 tubs of upholestry swatches. I have a restore here that calls whenever they get some in. I get a huge bag for $5.00. I made a quilt out of the more cotton ones for my daughter but have the "textured" squares left of many prints and textures. I know some people make pillows with them, but has anyone ever tried to make handbags, totes or quilts with the heavier fabric? Would love some ideas or if someone could use them please let me know.
    Wow...$5...I'd find some way to make it into a quilt. I'm thinking it would be neat to have a quilt for the back of a couch and two or three pillows that are all out of that fabric.
    I wish I lived by you. I'd love to get a deal like that.

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    Some seniors like having squares like these in their lap quilts, they like feeling the different textures :D:D:D

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    We had some of those. I wanted to make a quilt out of them. With my ADHD I really like the pressure of the blanket when I sleep.(covering with just a sheet is not even an option!) But we decided to sell them at a rummage sale. We did make a nice amount of money. But they would have made an awesome quilt!!

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    u might consider looking for a local group that makes "Ugly Quilts" for the homeless. These are like sleeping bags and use heavier fabrics. They might be interested in having your surplus.

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    I think they would make a really great patchwork vest! Maybe with a satin or heavier cotton on the back?

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    Our Project Santa group gets these every year. We keep what we can use and send the rest to a group that makes tote/book bags for under privileged children.

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    Oh No...the dreaded double post...soooooooo sorry!

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    I used to get them from a furniture store when I still had the quilt store. We found they were to heavy for quilts, but, made really nice purses and totes. You are very lucky...enjoy.

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    i used them and made quilts theme quilts for my boys. used all the same theme one was fishing, library books, hunting, sports, cars and mixed them up with squares of regular material
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    they make good potholders and hot mats too. Or pillows

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    I made 2 dog beds out of a bunch of wool/poly blend men's suit samples. They wash up well, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    they make good potholders and hot mats too. Or pillows
    Just what I was going to recommend. Also great for crazy quilts.

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    They might make good mug rugs.
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    Thank you all for all your good ideas. This message board is just great , where we are able tohelp each other out . I have never made purses, toes or handbags but am willing to try out these fabric swatches! Thanks again!!

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    do you have a pattern on how to make dog beds, or quilts you could share with a Very much amateur?????

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    RESPONSE FOR SABCOKE...I saw a web site on swatch purses, very nice site...here is the link: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/r...oject-shot-all

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    We have made bed scarves out of these types of things. You don't have to worry about the weight and they can look really sharp!!

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    How about patchwork dog beds for your local humane society or self/friends/family that have pets -- since they are "practically free" if they get chewed on or ??? they would have served a useful purpose.

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    They make nice dog beds, pillows, make a patchwork and recover dining room chairs with them. Make summer cushions for patio furniture. Purses and totes work well. They would also make nice wheelchair cushons, walker bags, draft stoppers, table toppers with cotton on the back (with or without batting). Make cubed seats for the game room. (like dice). Need more? (I'm sure I can think of more if those don't work)

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    I made a quilt with them...with solid color between the rectangles...let me see if I can figure out how to put it on here.

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