June 07, 2022

Remnant Sewing Ideas

Summer time might be the best time for some remnant sewing. Between spending more time outside and wearing fewer layers, the warm months are made for small, uncomplicated projects that you can bang out on a rainy afternoon and enjoy the rest of the season. So now is an absolutely amazing time to stock up at our Remnant Sale!

While some fabrics might instantly get your creative mind turning, you might also want some help with what to do with all the remnant fabrics we have on offer. So here are some of our favorite uses of small cuts of fabric!

Small Cuts (under 1yd):

Quilters are amazing at getting scrappy with all their small cuts, but what do you do as a garments sewist? For cuts that aren't big enough to make something you can wear, you still have ample opportunity to use them in your sewing. Here are some suggestions:

Garment Ideas:

•  Bias tape/Piping - Cuts as small as 10x10 can be turned into bias tape for finishing seams, armholes and necklines. You can use the continuous method or the piecing method (which I honestly prefer).
•  Color Blocking - Want a cool neckband, yoke, or insert? Scraps are a great way to add a burst of color or contrast to your garment. Try mixing complementary colors or even experiment with some pattern clashing. Whatever you do will make your garment truly unique!
•  Linings/Pocketing/Waistbands - Remnant fabric doesn't have to be used for parts of the garment you see. They are wonderful for facings, linings, and pocketing. And even though you might be the only one to see it, I'm sure it will make you smile every time you do.
•  Quilting Inspired Garments - Quilted Jackets like the Hovea Jacket from Megan Nielsen and Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studio offer a chance to combine quilting with garment sewing. And there's also the Nest Sweatshirt from Sew Liberated if you want do some piecework with knits


    Clockwise from top left:

    •  Serpentine Hat from Elbe Textiles (1/2 yd)
    •  Scrunchies (1/8 yd)
    •  Dogwood Apron from Helen's Closet (1/2 each lining and self)
    •  Stowe Bag from Grainline Studio (7/8 yd from small bag)
    •  Scrap Pouf from Closet Core Patterns (scraps larger than 12")

      Larger Cuts (1 yd or more):

      When you have at least a yard of fabric, the possibilities really open up to make garments for your wardrobe. Here are some of our favorite projects that use between 1-2 yards of fabric.

      Tops and Tees:

      Clockwise from top left:

      •  Eucalypt Top from Megan Nielsen (1.25 yd)
      •  Square Neck Top from Friday Pattern Company (1.88 yd)
      •  Adventure Tank from Fancy Tiger (1 yd)
      •  Peggy Top from Workshop (5/8 yd)
      •  Zoey Tank from True Bias (View A) (1 yd)

        Shorts and Skirts:

        Clockwise from top left:

        •  Pietra Shorts from Closet Core Patterns (1.5 yd)
        •  Pomona Shorts from Anna Allen Clothing (1.75 yd)
        •  Moss Skirt from Grainline Studio (1.2 yd)
        •  Shenanigans Skort from 5 out of 4 Patterns  (2 yd)
        •  Malo Skirt from I AM Patterns (1.25 yd)

          We also have some roll-end fabric that ranges from 2-4 yards. For these, your imagination is the limit. And whose imagination doesn't run wild when you're saving so much??

          So go on! Shop our Remnant Sale while supplies last!



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