Itty Bits

As you know, this year I’m trying to attack the stash. A month into this commitment and I’m happy to report that while I added some new fabric to my stash, I also managed to sew up three pieces of stashed fabric (more on that later).  At least I did not grow the stash and everything remains “even Steven”. This is good news, right?  Right.  This month I also jumped on board the Stashbusting Sewalong’s January theme: Itty Bits.  In the organizers’ own words, this is a chance to “sew up those remnants left over from another project, use up some of those tiny scraps that you’ve been saving…as long as it’s less than a yard of fabric, it counts!”  With that in mind I made myself this new knitting project bag:

Aren’t those little socks on the clothes line just so super cute?]

Aren’t those little socks on the clothes line just so super cute?

The outside fabric is a long ago stashed fat quarter and the pink inside and zipper tabs a remnant from a set of napkins I made as a Christmas gift this past year. Of course no project bag is complete without a project to go inside of it so I wasted no time casting on.  Because I’m using three partial skeins in three different colour schemes this new sock project will be a bit mismatched but I think that will also make them fun.

Mismatched socks!

Mismatched socks!

Those are not the only bits I’ve been working on this month. For years I’ve been keeping my scraps of quilting cottons with a view that some day I would cut them up to make a rainbow themed scrappy quilt.  While I have not yet completed the rainbow quilt, let alone the quilt top, I did go as far as cutting up all my scraps into squares or rectangles 4½” wide.  The little bits of fabric have been organized by colour and I have the perfect scrappy quilt idea in my head.

For a rainbow scrappy quilt

For a rainbow scrappy quilt

Now I just need to sew them up.  To this end I’ve designated Fridays as ‘Quilt Day’ chez Stitch Parade.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

What do you do with your fabric scraps?  Do you save them and if so what do you use them for?

17 thoughts on “Itty Bits

  1. that’s a lovely project bag (the fabric is perfect!). Did you use a tutorial, or make it up? I need to finish up my itty-bits project – not long to go til the end of the month!

    • Thanks, Shivani. I did not use a tutorial not do I have a pattern for it. I learned how to make these bags at a class I took a few years ago when I first started sewing. I do know of a couple of tutorials for similar bags. You may want to check out this one or this one. Have fun!

  2. Gah! Everything is so cute!! I love, love, love the stacks of color-coordinated scraps – they look so inspiring! Maybe I should join you for quilting Fridays to keep myself motivated to work on mine. I haven’t touched it in a few weeks!

  3. You’ll have to teach me your secret for cutting fast all those little bits and pieces… It would take me a whole year! Love the fabric you chose (that yellow and grey bit caught my eye) and can’t wait to see the quilt

    • Fast cutting trick: get a rotary cutter, quilting ruler and healing mat, then cut everything in three or four layers at a time. You should try it! I also love that yellow and grey print and used it for the inside of my Birdie Sling.

  4. LOVE the fabric in the pouches! It is so cute. I just started cutting my cotton scraps into strips, although mine are still various sizes and have zero colour coordination yet! Their time will come. I look forward to seeing your quilt when it is all done! Good Luck.

    • Thanks Penny. When I saw the socks fat quarter I immediately knew what I wanted it to be – it only took me two years to get my act together to make it! Same with teh quilt – I’ve had the idea for three years now… at least they are now cut which is a good first step.

  5. Your pouch looks great! I like the larger size a lot. (It’s inspiring me to attempt a nice shoe travel pouch.) I’m also excited to see your rainbow quilt!

    Morgan from crab&bee

    • Hi Morgan, if you want a shoe size pouch you should check out the tutorial links I left on Shivani’s comment reply. Also, I find a drawstring bag works well for shoes and is also a great way to use up scraps. Here’s to stashbusting!

    • I found I wasn’t getting to the quilt at all and it has been on my “to-do” for ages so a designated quilting day it is – and it seems to be working!

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