Monday, April 8, 2013

What do you do with left over scraps?

I tend to have lots of scraps left over from my sewing projects....not enough to make a top or anything like that, but in the past I made coin purses, wristlets, anything small that didn't require a lot of fabric.  Since I started sewing with knits, I have lots of it left over.  Now, I must admit, I don't know a lot of small projects you can make with knit.  I've been reading posts about making your own underwear, but  I haven't been able to find a pattern that I like, so I thought I would just take apart a pair of underwear that I know fits, so I did just that.  I was pretty surprised with the outcome.   I tried regular elastic, lingerie elastic, but my favorite and easiest by far is foldover elastic

This was left over from the very first top I made, before I got a serger and before I figured out what size I needed to cut out, it actually turned out to big.  But the panties turned out great!

You might recognize this fabric, I made a self drafted tee from this fabric, the panties fit a lot better than the tee did!
 I actually haven't made a top from this fabric, but if you notice the crotch is a  blue cotton knit which I made a self drafted tee.

I was really surprised with the outcome, I love my panties, and they cost next to nothing to make, I think I love that more than anything.  Do you have any left over fabric?   I would love to hear what projects you make with your scraps.


  1. You did a great job on the underwear. I find Kwik Sew patterns to be a great source of undies patterns. Their elastic measurement for the leg is always correct. Isn't amazing how quick and easy they are to make? Stores in my area charge $8 to 10. a pair!
    As for my scraps --- from the knits I make undies, hair scrunchies, tube tops( for my daughter)

    1. I'll have to give Kwik Sew a try, haven't looked at their patterns. Yes, undies can get expensive, and if you buy cheap, they don't last long. Hair scrunchies....what a great idea, I never thought of that! Thanks for your input!

  2. Hi Jamie!
    I've made undies me too this week!
    And you can use scraps as embellishment onto others projects...
    I'm following you on GFC to see what you're sewing next :)

  3. Thanks for the inspiration. I sew a lot with knits and never thought about sewing underwear with scraps. Thanks for the elastic tip too.

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