If you've been here before you already know that my sewing room is swimming in stuff.
For those of you who are visiting for the first time I am determined to reduce my excess sewing and crafty things down to a point where I only have projects and items that I really want to spend my creative time on.
It's rather challenging for me to get rid of all that 'useful' stuff. I know I'm not the only one who finds it hard, so I'm documenting a lot of the process here, and hopefully that will help me to follow through and encourage others too.
Although I have already sorted through some of the excess I estimate I still have about 5 large storage boxes of fabric scraps to go through.
In an attempt to be realistic about what I can actually keep in my sewing room I've decided that I should part with my calico scraps.
It wasn't an easy decision.
I use my calico scraps a lot. Far more then any of my other fabric scraps. I use them so much I came up with this list on the spot, a few more minutes and I'm sure I could double it.
10 uses for calico fabric scraps
- testing and fixing machine tension
- after oiling the sewing machine run a few stitches on scrap to ensure any oil residue is gone
- test an embroidery stitch before use
- test a buttonhole size
- test eyelet holes
- to cut small pieces for toiles
- test the overlocker (serger) after rethreading
- test the overlocker tension
- test the overlocker when changing to a rolled hem
- scraps are great for everything from pencil cases to pin cushions
But I also have to consider this list.
10 reasons not to keep calico scraps
- I don't have room for them.
- The more I sew the more scraps there will be. There will always be more.
- I have lots of other fabric scraps, it's not like I won't have something to use if needed.
- Fabric scraps take up more room then a roll of calico.
- A new roll of calico is reasonably affordable.
- Scraps are less useful then a roll of fabric.
- Calico is never out of stock at the fabric store.
- Nobody needs that much scrap fabric.
- It is extremely doubtful I would use all those scraps in the next year.
- Hubby is going to use them in the shed (is that cheating?)
Well that's a start. These scraps may not have left the house but they are no longer in my sewing room and that is progress!
What do you use fabric scraps for?