Thursday, January 08, 2015

Let's talk about fabric.  It makes me happy.  I have a lot of fabric in my stash.  Sometimes, too much.  And I have come to the conclusion that this fact has become a hindrance to my overall quilting life.  And it's not so much the yardage that I'm talking about, it's the scraps.  I cannot seem to use them up.  I cannot bring myself to throw them away *gasp*  And I think they are reproducing in the nighttime when I'm not looking.
Recently I came across this video on Pintrest.  I pulled out a box of strips and decided to give it a go.
It works!  The two balls in the foreground represent about 3 hours of twisting.  As you can see, the bin STILL overfloweth.  But there's hope.  Now to decide what to do with my cord.  So far I have come up with:  The balls will look cute in a bowl or basket as they are.  The cord will make nice garland on a Christmas tree.  I can use the cord instead of ribbons on gifts.  I'd love for you all to chime in with your ideas  . . . . as you can see, I'm going to have a LOT of cord.

16 comments:

Julierose said...

Or you could crochet or knit a rag rug--see Cherly Atkins @ Dining Room Empire--I think she gives instructions on knitting with fabric strips...hugs, Julierose

Karen said...

I see someone has already suggested a rag rug. I hope you try it. I have not crocheted one myself but my SIL has. I showed her the basic stitch and she went from there.

Deb said...

I'm with the other girls Libby, The rolls would make a fabulous rag rug.There is a pattern I have seen somewhere on the internet that shows the twists being rolled into a rug then just stitched together with your machine over the seams. I wish I could remember the site for you or could draw it. It shows it being formed into a coil and being stitched. If I find it I will come back to you.

Kris B said...

Try googling rag bowls our rag bowl tutorial. I've seen one made into a basket more than large enough to hold all those scraps and more.

Lori said...

A few times I've put them all in a priority mail bag and sent them off to a quilter friend! It's hard, but freeing all the same. I'd rather be quilting than fussing with long scrap strips:)

WoolenSails said...

That is a fun idea and something you can use in other projects. I like to sew up the small pieces, like a crazy quilt, into larger pieces, then I can use those to cut out shapes for dolls or ornaments, etc.

Debbie

Lorraine said...

great idea! ....and so pretty!

Betsy said...

I have made several rag rugs from my scraps that I made into balls. I have a loom which I made from a book called rag rugs from country threads and I make some rugs on the sewing machine as if making a clothes line basket but flatter. Hope this helps.
You can always donate them them to your local school. They can be used in art classes and science and math for measuring lengths etc... Even jump ropes.

Jennie in GA said...

They are lovely....I would probably just look at them. Did you have to strip all of the pieces down to 1" or less?

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

These are great ideas - the rugs, the cording balls. I too feel overwhelmed by scraps and am determined to use most of them SOMEHOW this year. RIght now I'm "improv" piecing blocks for baby quilts.

AnnieO said...

Scraps are hard to deal with! I save certain sizes but not triangle cutoffs or strings. And I think most quilters have enough of their own that they don't need mine! I have seen others mention stuffing a dog bed with them.

Quilter Kathy said...

I like making bowls too, but mostly love making scrap quilts :)

Juliann in WA said...

The cords are beautiful but just one more project that would haunt me. I like to package up my scraps in clean bags and donate them to the church garage sale

MARCIE said...

Those look like lots of fun! Bright and cheerful! I have heard that some people use those scraps in quilts. Just a thought. Haha!

Simple Home said...

Your creativity never fails to amaze me. I've been going through my fabric lately too, but have actually given some away since I don't seem to be sewing as much as I used to. Your talent for making quilts is a true gift! Have a great day my friend :)

Dawn said...

I love the balls. I could definitely see a bowl or basket full. Gift wrap ties sound like a winnER too.
Than there are string quilts...