Spring Clean your Fabric Stash!

It’s Spring here in my part of the world!  Such a beautiful time of the year too.  I think it’s time for a bit of Spring Cleaning – so I thought I’d share some ideas on how to Spring Clean your fabric stash – and use up some of those fabric scraps you have in there too.

My sewing cupboard can get REALLY messy – as I have lots of fabric and I like to keep all my little scraps and off-cuts too.  So every once in a while I need to go through it and try and sort it out.  I like to sort it out first by fabric type.  So I have a place for quilting cottons, polar fleece, felt, interfacing & battings and dress fabrics.  That way when I go to find fabric I at least know what place to start in!  I then have a large container I have filled with all my scraps and offcuts.  So anything I think is too small ends up in there.

I have several plastic containers with lids that my quilting cottons are folded and placed in and I like to sort them by novelty/kids prints, floral & spots/stripes/solids, and Christmas fabrics.  I also then have smaller containers that hold all my ribbons/ric-rac, buttons, zips & elastic and other bits and pieces.  My sewing cupboard definitely needs a spring clean right now – so I had better get to it!

Here are some fabric storage ideas I found on Pinterest that might inspire you!

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So what do you do with all you fabric scraps?  I like to go through them every once in a while and work out ways to use them.   Sometimes I set myself a little challenge - to make as many things as possible without buying anything – and just use what I have in my fabric stash & scraps!  Here are a few ideas I found:

Make a Scrappy Quilt.

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Wendi – over at Shiny Happy World has some posts she’s called Controlled Chaos Scrappy Quit-Along.  She has 6 blocks she has made so far.  You use fabric scraps sorted into colours and simple patterns to put them all together.  She also has great tutorials with these to help make the process of cutting and sewing the squares together easier too.  A great way to use up fabric scraps!

 

 

 Applique

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Use your fabric scraps to jazz up a plain T-shirt!  This is a great way to make a plain kids T-shirt into something special and use up some fabric scraps at the same time.

Here are a couple of Applique ideas I found:

Dog Applique T-Shirt Tutorial over at Aesthetic Nest.  She has used Heat ‘n Bond and then top stitched close to the edge of the applique.  I think it looks very effective and is a nice simple tutorial on how to do this too.  She also gives you the templates for applique in this tutorial too.

 

 

 

 

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  This Snow Queen Applique pattern is so sweet!  It uses a sketchy stitch method & Heat ‘n Bond to fuse the applique shapes to the t-shirt.  The pattern is available as part of Issue 4 of One Thimble e-zine (yes – I am loving this e-magazine at the moment!) and is by Ric-Rac & Retro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew a Softie

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I’ve posted about his free softie tutorial by While She Naps before – but Pete the Bear is great for using up some fabric scraps.  You don’t need a lot of fabric for him and he is quick and easy to make up too.  You can use up all different fabrics scraps in any colour and pattern you like.  Lots of fun!

 

So I hope this post has given you a few ideas on ways to Spring Clean your fabric stash and use up some of those fabric scraps too!  I’d love to hear how you store your fabrics and any tips or advice you have on storing fabrics and notions too!  Just leave a comment on this blog post!

Happy Sewing!

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