Monday, February 20, 2012

No scraps left behind – An Experiment in Quilting/Crafting Frugalness

All 30 projects created from one jelly roll!

I have been crafting, quilting and sewing for years. I recently moved my sewing/crafting area to a new space in our home. During the move I began to notice that my fabric stash was taking over my house. It was in two closets, four drawers and a cabinet.
It was at this point my husband suggested it was time to clean out and cut back. Oh, what a horrible thought! How could I possibly survive without all of my fabric. But, after many hours of digging out fabric and going through stacks and stacks I began to see his point of view. Since the move I have begun to sort my scrap fabric by workable sizes for quilting and other projects. (I will post some of these ideas at a later time)
When it was time to make a quilt for a friends baby shower I began scouring the internet for fun new pattern ideas that would use a jelly roll or fat quarters. I found one at Missouri Star Quilting. (Tutorial link coming later) But, how could I justify buying new “fun”fabrics if I still had an abundance of my stash fabric. That’s when the idea of the great “No Scraps Left Behind” experiment was formed. The experiment was to attempt to use up every last piece of fabric from the jelly roll I bought so there would be nothing left behind. To my amazement I was able to create 30 items from that one jelly roll. It really got my creative juices flowing when I would finish one project and still have a piece of fabric left. Over the next few posts I will reveal the items I created using ONEjelly roll as my main fabric.
I hope you will find these ideas useful and you will begin your own experiment in “No Scraps Left Behind”. I would love to see your comments and ideas.
As my blog name says – Make More Pink Lemonade, from scraps that is. -- Danna

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