*If you missed the Knock Off results post from last week, you can find it here.*
So how many of you have a ton of fabric scraps all over your house? This is what my felt scrap jar looks like right now (I’m not even going to attempt to get all my fabric scraps out – it’s a little outrageous).
I think I’m going to need another jar here pretty soon. So what better way to use up all those scraps that I know we all have laying around than a challenge using those scraps? Well, I didn’t actually do any project or use up my scraps, but the lovely crafters did and now I have a bunch of great ideas for when I finally get around to some scrap busting.
Like usual, the poll is in the side bar and will be open until Friday night!
Craft #1 – Pacifier Clips – Angela @ The Wray Sisters
Craft #2 – Birdie Hand Towel – Jama @ Cool People Sew
Craft #3 – Scrappy Pincushions – Sarah @ Sara vs Sarah
I think a perfect thing to do with scraps is PINCUSHIONS! You can use the littlest pieces in your stash and hit up your button jar, too. I used some thrift store finds as the base for some of these. Let your imagination run wild.
Craft #4 – Kanzashi Flowers – Brittany @ BK’s Craft Blog
Kanzashi is the Japanese art of folding fabric usually for hair ornaments. These flowers are made of several 1, 2, and 3 inch squares of fabric folded into petal shaped and glued together into brooches. Because of the small size of the squares, it is a great way to use the scraps that are left over from cutting out patterns. I chose the fabric scraps and buttons from my stash. (The green squares are an example of what each petal looks like before folding. I jumped head first into this project so I missed my chance to take pictures of these)
Craft #5 – Bite Size House – Amanda @ Simply Homemade
When I was a little girl my most favorite thing to do was make furniture and clothing for my barbies. I made dressers, beds, blankets, clothes, tables, and any other thing I felt my dollies needed. I’m not going to lie to you, this has been my favorite theme. I had a blast making this for my little girls! Instead of using cardboard though, I used scraps of wood (we’re finishing up our basement….lots of wood you know). Then of course it had to be upholstered, so I broke out my fabric scraps and stapled/glued until I had a couch….a bite-size couch. I might need a Blythe doll now….you know, for my kids….yes a Blythe doll for my kids that only I will be allowed to play with.
Craft #6 – The Pocket Peggy House – Kimberly @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. & Me
I was at a complete and total loss for “just scraps.” Why? I certainly have enough of them. I think I was overwhelmed by options… wood scraps? Ribbon scraps? Paper scraps? So many options! In the end, I was struck with inspiration while watching my child play with cousins. Thrilled and obsessed with the small dollhouse at Cousin’s house, my daughter couldn’t leave it alone. I started thinking about how useful it would be to take one along with us on short road trips or longer airplane rides… or even to the Dr.’s office or grocery store! Nothing else has caught my daughter’s attention so fully and I started to wonder if my box of scrap fabrics could somehow be utilized in this project. After a bit of brainstorming, some drawings, some heat and bond mixed with the dreaded task of ironing, lots of zigzag stitches, some scraps of fabric, trim, and even elastic remnants came together to form the “Pocket Peggy House”. (Not to be confused with the Polly Pocket’s House, that’s something entirely different…)
The Pocket Peggy House is a completely furnished, move-in ready home. It boasts the latest in modern design with stenciled walls and bold color choices. There is a lot of natural light from the open concept roofing, and the light fixtures throughout are completely updated. The curtains are both feminine and modern and add quite a lot to the decor. If you’re worried about storage, never fear! There is plenty of space for all of your items in the attic! The yard is perfectly manicured and professionally landscaped with flower beds, a small garden and two window boxes. (Some of my favorite features? The pom pom valances, the spunky polka-dotted coat tree and the whale and sheet music stuffed up in the attic.) With it’s funky orange doors, this home is the perfect mix of modern meets traditional meets eclectic! Don’t you want to move right in? We found a family of peggies who couldn’t wait – and they coordinate so nicely with their new surroundings!
What’s more – the Pocket Peggy House can be rearranged and attached in any number of ways! It can stand up straight like a normal house, with the front wall opening as a door, or it can lay down flat on the ground so the Peggies can play with all of their things. It can be propped free standing with any number of walls, or it can stay completely connected to the “floor” of the house. It can be used at home, in the grocery cart, waiting for your food, or just about anywhere! Split up the walls and let each child play with their own – no fighting! And the best part is, when it’s time to stop playing, the Pocket Peggy House folds up completely to be slipped – well, not QUITE into your pocket (unless you have a really big pocket) – but definitely into your purse!
Craft #7 – Birthday Board – Wendy @ Craft Goodies
Why? Because I have this great habit of collecting all the little left-overs from my other projects and storing them away “for another day’s project”. clearly I can find use for a 2 inch piece of ribbon, right?