I delved into my fabric stash to organize the yardage into pieces that I've hoarded and not yet used (a significant amount -- shameful, I know!); scraps that are large enough for simple garments (shells, vests and simple skirts); and scraps that are scrappy scraps (bias strips, patchwork). After this exercise, I have come to realize that I have absolutely no business setting foot in a fabric store for quite a while -- my only comfort is that I know I'm not alone!
Because I hate to waste anything, my scrappy scrap pile is quite large. Many of the scraps are cotton, so I thought it would be fun (and practical) to turn them into reusable grocery tote bags.
I picked out the scraps I wanted to use and made sure they were all pre-washed. I cut them into squares or rectangles -- whatever worked for the scrap -- and sewed them together, patchwork-style. I used 1/4-inch seam allowances and pressed as I went along. It works best to use wide strips for the bottom and top of the bag.
I had some scrap faux suede that worked well for the bottom of the bag -- nice to have that extra sturdiness. Each patch is framed with bias strips -- I love having this type of definition because it really showcases each print.
I lined the bags with muslin scraps sewn together and I used french seams for the side and bottom seams for extra strength.
Simon is always helping out! I still have a bunch of scrappy scraps -- mostly wools and silks (the good stuff!). Some are earmarked for bias strips, but any ideas for how to use them would be much appreciated!