What do you do with fabric scraps?! I inevitably have scraps from every sewing and quilting project and I constantly wonder how to use them.
My first strategy is: Use them! Seems obvious, I know. Scraps are easy to overlook so when I’m planning a new quilt project, I always make a point to include scraps in my fabric pull. I select them based on color or value, and I make sure to include leftovers from garment making, not just quilting cotton.
My second strategy is to pick a project with the purpose of using scraps. This quilt is made from a collection of garments I got at the thrift store, fabric from my stash and scraps. The smaller pieces in the pattern and the busy design work great for leftover fabric pieces.
Pattern: Nostalgia by Rebecca Bryan
This pattern is written with specific yardage requirements, but since I was using a random collection of fabrics with unknown amounts, I skipped ahead to the cutting instructions. My goal was to cut out the number of pieces that I needed for the pattern but not to worry so much about having enough of a specific color.
I started with the larger grey squares in the quilt and I cut as many as I could. Then I had enough blue fabric for three squares and I finished off with the dark red. I did this with the smaller squares too. I cut as many as I could out of a particular scrap and then moved on to the next scrap and so on.
Once everything was cut out, I spent a bit of time on the layout. With the variety of fabrics used, the layout is where I really get to focus on the design possibilities, and they were endless for this quilt. I was strategic with the layout for the bigger squares to give a visual foundation. I placed the lighter squares around the edge and kept the darker ones in the center. For the small squares that make the nine-patches, I paired things together based on value rather than color.
If you want to make a scrap quilt, go for it! Start with a color story, then start combing your fabric stash, dig in your scrap bin and maybe pull some shirts out of your closet. It’s gonna be great!