What to Do with Leftover Fabric
Sandra HatchWhat To Do With Leftover Fabric
Mary has a great idea. "What do you do with your leftover fabric? I donate mine to a group that works with mentally challenged children. They can use anything over 12" square. They use the fabric for various projects for the children. As always, such groups are woefully underfunded and every little bit helps."
Let's hear how more of you use your leftover fabrics. Write and share your ideas.
Joan suggests: "I have donated some of my leftover fabrics to a school where I used to teach. There are always students who can't afford to buy fabric. I've also donated leftover fabric to a hospital's auxiliary group and the sewing ladies in the group have used it to make projects for their annual bazaar.
Joyce has an idea. "I am replying to Michelle's question about making a quilt from her father's plaid shirts and ties. My dad passed away in 2002. I made my first very simple quilts from his shirts and jeans. I simply cut 6" squares from his shirts and pants, and sewed them together into rows on a sewing machine, and then sewed the rows together.
Janet writes: "I recently finished a denim and flannel quilt for my granddaughter out of my husband's old flannel shirts and jeans. Since the fabric was so heavy, I did not back it or quilt it. I joined 6" squares of denim on-point, and filled in the edges with triangles.
Peg had to laugh. "What to do with leftover fabrics -- this question made me laugh. Kudos to Mary for sharing her leftovers with mentally challenged children, but we are quilters, so there is no such thing as leftover materials. As a crafter of all trades, as I make projects, my mind is busy thinking of more projects to make with any little bits left over.
Lavonne writes: "I just read Deb's question about using corduroy in quilts. I have made many raggy quilts using corduroy where I sewed with 3/4" seams and then clipped into the seam allowance. I alternated the direction of the lines of the corduroy material and used a heavy-weight flannel on the other side. This makes a warm and cuddly quilt. There are many Web sites giving complete directions for making raggy quilts."
Penny has some ideas for using scraps. "You can just sew scraps together and make lap throws or make twin-size quilts to take to a veteran's hospital. They love them so much. They don't always have close visiting family that can come see them and talk, and they think the world of you for your thoughtfulness.
I found that the Rolling Thunder group's mission is to publicize POW-MIA issues and to educate the public about the prisoner-of-war issues. Go to www.rollingthunder1.com for more information. Contact a veteran's hospital near you for information about making quilts for their patients.
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