Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for Xtra Material

Today's post highlights X-tra material. Over the years, I've accumulated various fabric from friends and family. They know I like to sew, so it seems natural for them to pass down old, or discarded, material and notions. My mom gave me a ton of Christmas fabric; my mother-in-law had a bunch of upholstery/drape material; and a friend just gave me a few bags full of "vintage", "retro" fabric from the '70s. I am incredibly grateful for all of their donations! 

I'm not picky about my fabric, so whenever I start a new project, I head to my pile and bins of material for inspiration. Very rarely do I buy all new fabric for a project. When I think of sewing with scrap fabric, I envision a patchwork style. I think you'll be surprised at what "scrap" projects can look like. I'll show you some examples of projects I've made from my X-tra material. 

Christmas Stockings made
from scrap Christmas fabric
A Car Caddy for my Nephew























 
A Baby "Taggie" Blanket















A Memory Game with Zipper Pouch for my Niece



A Gift Bag using Scrap Christmas Fabric













  







So, the next time you're finished with a project and are thinking about discarding the extra material, think again. Keep those scrap pieces and use it as inspiration in  your next project!

Check out more posts on my 2014 A to Z Challenge!