Monday, October 25, 2010
Clothing Fabric Remnants | Family Economics
If you like to sew, love to craft, or even just dabble a bit in different projects, I’m sure you could really use some more fabric. One of the best places to find small project size pieces of fabric is in your own closet. Take a good look through your apparel and evaluate the things you actually wear and the items that can be eliminated.
Once you’ve pulled those out, go back again and find those pieces that are too lovely to part with but you don't wear. Those are the items that sometimes make the best project pieces, because they are fabrics and patterns you really like, but the piece no longer fits or is out of style. So keeping it for sewing projects means you never have to let go completely.
Make a pile of apparel you are willing to part with and decide which pieces have usable, attractive fabric of any size and which pieces are better donated. Some of your apparel, such as T-shirts, may easily be altered by sewing parts of one to another or modifying with graphics of your own. Encourage your family to take inventory of their closets for things they've outgrown or no longer wear as well.
Apparel racks at thrift stores are also a wonderful and inexpensive resource for fabric.
To make clothing fabric remnants:
1. Cut the apparel apart at the seams with a very sharp pair of scissors to determine what sections can be repurposed.
2. Toss sections that are too small to use, or keep them together with trimmings from other items in one bag should you be inspired to use them later.
3. The larger sections of fabric, such as panels cut from skirts, backs, fronts, yokes and sleeves of shirts, can be rolled together and secured with strips of paper and tape.
4. You can download free fabric remnant roll labels from my blog here.
Clothing fabric remnants are perfect for many small sewing projects such as:
• Tote bags
• Cosmetic bags
• Seat cushions
• Eyeglass cases
• Plush toys and dolls from sweaters
• Fabric gift bags
• Book covers
• Decorative pillows
• Pin cushions
• Shoe bags
• Baby clothes
• Sewing machine cover
• Little girl skirts
What fabulous unused apparel do you have in your closet waiting to be repurposed?