Thursday, October 10, 2013

what do you do with your scraps?

Something that bugs me about the sewing process is the amount of trash it makes. My rabbit likes to play with cut up pieces of pattern tissue, and I try to save larger pieces of fabric scraps that can be used for other projects, but what about the teeny weeny fabric pieces?

Awww, Maggie May! What a good girl!

A few months ago I splurged on myself a purchased a book to help address that issue: How to Make Stuffed Animals by Sian Keegan. (And if you don't want to make one yourself, she sells wicked cute pre-made stuffed animals from her book!)

So I thought I'd give it a try! The book comes with all the patterns in the back, all you need to do is photocopy them at 200%. Well, I didn't have a photocopier handy so I just traced them out of the book and made a hand-stitched TEENY WEENY bunny!

The stitching isn't great on this prototype little guy, but I still think he's pretty cute! I'll for sure be making more, and probably finding the time to source out a photocopier so the tiny pieces are easier to work with. 

So, what do you do with your scraps?


  1. Oh, I hear you - I'm always a bit frustrated by a project's leftovers too. I've been trying to come up with a few ways to minimise waste, but I never thought of softies! This little one is so sweet - great job!

    1. I know! I think some scrappy coasters might be in my future as well.

  2. Trying to find useful ways to use fabric scraps is becoming one of my major challenges! I hate waste, so I'm always looking for quick ways to use them up - your rabbit is such a cute solution!