Sewing with scraps

I don’t know about you, but I hate wasting fabric, any type of fabric. There are two wars I am constantly waging in my house. One is getting through the washing pile (in this grubby house of five), and the other is keeping my sewing scrap pile low. I consider it a personal challenge. I’m the gamer of laundry and remnants, topping the leader board if I’ve cleared the laundry by school pick up or beat down that scrap stash by several inches.

I’m lucky to have three small girls to sew clothes for. And with the hot weather, all three of them were in need of cool summer pyjamas. They prefer night dresses so I promised them one each. I was able to use up my last little pieces of Jaywalk, white ponte, modal, Elsa, rayon, and jersey prints to make these nighties. They are bit mismatched but loose and comfy, and swishy enough to make little girls smile.


I used a self drafted pattern I’d used before. It’s not great but it suits night dresses perfectly. Miss Two’s dress was modified from a basic top block. The nighties are a hit, and I’m pretty pleased with the current state of my scrap pile. Admittedly, it is only a three month collection, but I’m still pretty happy that it is still contained within the basket. What do you do with your sewing scraps?

2 thoughts on “Sewing with scraps

  1. Louise Perry

    Wow these nighties are good enough to wear out. I hear you on the war against laundry and scraps. I'm slowly using up all my decent sized pieces like you mainly on kiddie clothes and then the teeny tiny scraps I am cutting out hexies. Not sure what I'll do with them yet but it's such a good feeling knowing I am not wasting things.



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