- I have a comforter I do not like and have been hand sewing squares and other shapes on it one at a time as I find material I like. I get to sleep under it as it changes.
- —Guest lori Bj scott
Recylced bedding = great/easy 1st quilt
- I am making my first quilt and have gathered old sheets (some from the secondhand store) and some from home (empty nester cleaning) with no pattern in mind. I cut my squares and let the 6 different sheet sets tell me what the pattern is to be. I wish I could show you a photo - it's going to be very nice. The back of it will be a queen size sheet with old comforters (that don't match my decor anymore) in the middle.
- —Guest lori Bj scott
second hand finds
- I search the thrift shop for 1x, 2x, 3x size clothing, and then use these for my crazy quilts. I never drive by a thrift shop without stopping -- you never know what you'll find.
- —Guest a knew beginning at "50"
Putting unused batting to work
- I cut left over batting into 8 by 10 inch pieces and use them on my flat floor cleaner. It's a lot cheaper that buying refills and they do great job on both floors and walls to remove dust and loose threads in my sewing room.
- I have just started doing this as a friend got me hooked. I cut up remainders of fabrics into 1", 2" & 2 1/1" strips and hang on hangers. The advent of Jelly rolling was anticipated many years ago by my very smart sister. She's now whipping out the quilts found in books, mags and online. Wish I had listened sooner. pegs8
- —Guest pegquilter8
- There are lots of free patterns out there for beautiful hand-sewn tree ornaments for holidays. Scraps of fabric and batting are all you need!
Scraps for Dog beds!
- My husband buys really cheap flannel blankets at truck stops. I save my scraps, batting, dryer sheets, and old clothes that are no longer useable. Each Christmas I sew my dogs new beds and fill them with the scraps.
Annual scrap quilt.
- I save all my scraps for a calendar year. In January of the next year I put them all together, some as pieced blocks and others as crazy patches. I usually put a plain backing on to cut down on seam bulk. I usually get 2 or 3 tops from one year's scraps. It's interesting how my tastes have changed from year to year.
- —Guest beffalump
Frugal foundation for scrap quilts
- I used to use paper foundations for strip pieced scrap quilts, but what a pain to remove the paper. Someone had given me some really ugly fabric that was too thin, so I cut it into large squares to use for the foundation and placed it wrong side up so that the design on the fabric wouldn't show through some of the lighter fabric strips that I flip and sew down onto the foundation. It worked great, and no one knows that there is some really ugly fabric under there, LOL.
- —Guest Sue in CA
Recycled mattress pads
- I use old mattress pads to fill potholders. They are thick enough to take the heat.
- —Guest rosemary
big art from little scraps at school
- Most art teachers at my local elementary schools have a lesson on fabric arts. Both of my daughters have made "quilts" from posterboard with assorted patches glued on. They can use any type of fabric [texture] and every color [hue] of the rainbow to create their masterpieces [composition]. Simply call local elementary schools' art teacher(s) to ASK if they would like your scraps. They sometimes need donations of old "paint shirts" or aprons, small plastic containers, and foam trays (washed of coarse) to use for painting/gluing projects. Most teachers love to have extra adult helpers/ volunteers, too. This is easily adaptable for any age, preschooler to centenarian, or as a rainy day "boredom buster".
- —Guest barc4dew
- My daughter and I look for sheets all over, at Goodwill, yard sales, from friends and family. When we are on vacation we make a killing. Our last shopping trip we got sheets for .50 each.
Auctions and yard sales
- I found a whole stack of vintage material from around the 50's at an auction for $3.00. I was trilled. I also find lots of scrap pieces at yard sales. It saves lots of money.
- —Guest Peggy
Raveling, Waste Threads and Birds
- This has been a very interesting exercise so thanks to Janet for thinking it up. By the way, a birder told me that it isn't a good idea to put the following out for birds: tangled and/or uncut thread over an inch long, cut hair longer than an inch, or stringy tangles from the edges of raveling fabric. Uncut, these catch in the birds' tiny, prickly "toes" and can keep the bird "grounded." I serge or use sale thread to machine baste edges of fabrics (before washing) to keep them from raveling. Besides, there's no use wasting even a tiny fraction of an inch of fabric that might make the difference in having "just enough" of an accent color left for that last template cut. Frances134
- —Guest Frances 134
Sheet blankets and dryer sheets
- Sheet blankets are flannel sheets. My family always called them that, too. Make sure you wash and dry them before using, as they often shrink a lot. I am curious about the dryer sheets, also. I have a quilt half done using them, and hate to finish if I can't give away. I thought about setting one on fire but am afraid to try.
- —Guest eileen