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21 July 2016

Procrastination Scrap Coasters







You're probably aware of my crazy need to use up fabric scraps. It's insane really. I have shelves filled with beautiful fabrics, but I seem to focus on the scraps way more. Using up each teeny little piece and taking the fabric, as far as possible. 


When I start a new project, I generally cut the selvedges at 3/4". This little pile of pretty ends sits on my sewing table while I cut up the fabric to make the quilt (or whatever it is that I'm making), taunting me. Before I know it, I've left the 'main' project, grabbed some scrap backing and batting (which I have sitting in a large plastic tub under my sewing table) and sew a mini quilt which I then use these as coasters or trivets. Or give them to friends and family to use as coasters and trivets. Waste not, want not.






Usually, they go together with the QAYG method. Sometimes, if I've got time and am feeling inspired, I add layers of hand stitching or embellishment.

If I have it on the selvedge, I try to incorporate the fabric range name and designer in the little quilted coaster.






I seem to find new and inventive ways to use up scraps, and focus way more time on them, than I really need to, or possibly should. 

Tell me, how you use your scraps? I'm always looking for ways to procrastinate from working on what I should be working on ;-)





17 comments:

  1. Loved reading your post and now I want to cut all my selvedges at 3/4" too instead of the 1/2" that I've been cutting them at to use for scrappy projects like yours! Sorry about that long sentence but I just got so excited and inspired seeing your makes!

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    1. Yes, cut all your selvedges and make coasters with me. We can be scrappy buddies :)

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  2. Hi Anorina you are amazing even the scraps come up into beautiful projects,thankyou for sharing ,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

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    1. Thanks Shez!

      I’m supposed to be working on a quilt - but am procrastinating online.
      Pinterest is super addictive today ;-)

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  3. I'm a scrap keeper too. I've made several bibs, pot holders and even a sewing machine cover out of them! I can't seem to throw out good fabric, even the smallest, most irregular shapes. They deserve a fun project and they'll find one sticking with me! (Yes, I keep selvages too.)

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  4. These are so pretty, Anorina! What a great way to use up scraps. I used to cut my selvedges really thin, but now cut them at 1" so I can use them.

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    1. Thank you Michelle. The selvedges are so amazing these days, don't you think? So much fun detail.

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  5. Love them!!!! I cut my selvages at one inch. They are so fun to use! I keep every little bit. I even make the back of the quilt from tiny pieces.

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  6. Ooo...lovely! Now I know what else I can do with my Posy Garden :) x

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  7. These are so cute!! I have a drawer full of my scraps that are just begging to be used. Your binding is perfect!

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    1. Thanks Faith. Playing with scraps is such fun :)

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  8. Selvages look really pretty in a vase as well!

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  9. Who says you spend more time than you should - seems you feel delighted when using them and isn't that what its all about?

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  10. Your "scrap" coasters look great, they are little quilts!!

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