Monday, June 29, 2009

Getting A Little Scrap Happy: Two Parts

Lately I've been a bit of a sewing maniac - probably due to the "nesting" phase kicking in. In an effort to keep things somewhat under control I've put a self-imposed restriction on buying more fabric (my prize winnings from The Fabric Fairy don't count though - hehe). I've been sewing for just shy of a year now, yet my fabric stash is getting ridiculous. As you other sewing addicts can attest, whenever you actually need to buy a sewing item, it's almost impossible not to walk away with a yard or two of new fabric at the same time with no particular project in mind. Another sign of the addiction is hording leftover scraps. It seems too wasteful to toss all those oddball pieces of lovely fabrics. So my new goal is to use what I have on hand. Behold, the results!

Part One - Outfit: This little two piece set was made from leftovers from making my Etsy merchandise. There wasn't enough of either organic fabric to make a single item, but thanks to the fabulous design of these separates (Nuppu & Nuunuu from Ottobre Design) the weird shaped scraps I had were just enough to pool together. Add in some remnant chocolate brown bias tape for a little contrast trim and an entire outfit has been born!

Part Two - Bibs: I also decided to make a stack of bibs with more leftover bits. For such a "basic" baby staple I have some very specific criteria:

- Must be waterproof - Both my other kids were super sloppy drinkers so milk always soaked through the usual fabric bibs to their clothes, which defeats the purpose of a bib.

- Must be vinyl & phthalate free - I found the ones with the waterproof lining so handy, but a lot don't specify what that lining is actually made of.

- Must have velcro close - The tie ones look cute, but are not realistic for putting on a newborn at 2am in the dark.

- Must not show stains - Why are so many bibs white or light colored, so they show the bogus looking stains like nobody's business??

The few bibs that met all my criteria were a bit pricey since I need a lot of them, so I decided to come up with these from my leftovers. I started by tracing an old bib and made a few with that design, but then made my own, more curved design, to allow for more neck adjustability. I then sandwiched a layer of PUL fabric inbetween the print & knit solid fabrics, so they'd be reversible and prevent soak through. I also chose prints & colors that would camouflage the milk stains that never seem to come out. I think these should do the trick and am looking forward to putting them to use. All in all, I'm pleased to say my scrap pile is dwindling down and my useful items stack is growing substantially. May have to reward myself with some new fabric when the scraps are gone......

1 comment:

  1. yep, you are officially a sewing addict! The scrap saving is a sure sign :-) My stash of scraps have stayed with me for 5 moves (maybe longer if I dig deep in the bin, I think I still have scraps from baby clothes - and my "baby" is almost 25!) I love your bib idea. You are right, you can never have too many bibs! I like the "non soak" idea too. You have some great ideas - keep it up :-)


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