10 Sewing projects that will bust my growing fabric scraps collection

After years of sewing I managed to accumulate not only a small fabric stash, but equally small (big) fabric scraps stash that needs to be take care of fast! I do not like to get rid of any leftover pieces as I never know when will I need them….but let’s be honest here….I do forget about it as soon as I finish my latest make. There are so many small projects that I really want to sew at the same time use some of the chunks of material reducing their amount substantially and making space for some more…..just kidding….maybe 😉

For a while now I want to make a full size quilt, but it seams like a giant project, that I simply do not have time for. But the longer I think about it,  the more I want it!!! I see so many beautiful quilt patterns and most of them are made of small pieces that would be ideal to bust that scrap stash, so I had decided to finally pick up one design ( for beginner quilter) and simply start cutting the pieces and slowly make my first quilt. I had to convince myself that it is OK to do it in stages instead from start to finish allowing me to make other projects in between. Great idea Monika!!!

Photo: http://www.quiltylove.com/expanding-stars-quilt-pattern-kona-solids-one/

To start my quilting journey it could be easier to make a smaller version first and make a set of pillowcases.

Photo: http://www.sameliasmum.com

Sewing machine cover is another sewing project I have on my to do list. One of the reasons I want to make it is to simply protect my sewing machine and serger, but other also I think it just looks so lovely and would make my sewing corner even more colourful.

Photo: http://www.iseestarsquilting.com/diy-sewing-machine-cover/


My laptop also needs a cover sleeve. Why spend money in the shop on a boring case if I can make it exactly as I want it to be? Right?

Cute Laptop Case
Photo: http://www.crazylittleprojects.com/laptop-bag-pattern/

What about a camera bag? yes,yes,yes….. I can see how my leftover bundle is getting smaller and smaller….

Photo: http://www.sewserendipity.com/media-frenzy-pdf-booklet/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest

The next scrap busting project is very small but is selfless one! Eye-mask for my partner that I make it on a regular basis and have fun by making it look different each time. I might do some embroidery on the next one too.

Photo: http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/tilly-buttons-2258948/how-to-make-an-eye-mask-free-pattern-4457030847


Oven gloves that are shaped like hearts…what??? That is so cute! Great for any home cook!


Tutorial: Heart shaped oven mitt
Photo: http://www.sewing.craftgossip.com

Quilted tote can be used not only as a  shopping bag, but a storage for a bits and bobs or simply as a piece of decor to brighten the room.

Cute Purple Quilted Tote / Handbag by LaceyAccents on Etsy by darlene
Photo: https://indulgy.com

I am a bit old fashioned and still love to hold and read a book. Don’t get me wrong audio books are great (specially on a busy London Underground ) but there is something special and tangible in holding a book. Most of the time I use a photo or piece of paper to mark the page I am currently on , but why not transform the smallest snippets of fabric into a beautiful bookmark?! This is such an easy and begginer friendly project. Also could be good to use some of my ribbons that I do not know what to do with.


bookmarks scrap fabric
Photo: http://www.thecraftymummy.com/2012/10/fabric-scrap-bookmarks/

And last, but certainly not least a  pouch. It’s small and cute and I can play with designs and colours on smaller scale. I think this is the best project to get me started busting my scrap stash and learning quilting.

Photo: http://www.free-tutorial.net/2017/09/patchwork-zipper-pouch-tutorial.html

~do you have any fun ideas to use all your fabric leftovers?

Monika xxx

Make nine 2019 plans

Hello! Hope you are happy and well!

Today I would like to share with you all about my plans for Make Nine 2019. Make Nine hashtag is growing in popularity among crafting and sewing community and this year I thought it would be fun to join in the experiment. The challenge is pretty simple. Anyone who want to participate have to pick 9 projects that will try to complete during the next 12 months, document all makes and post them on blogs or Instagram using #makenine2019. There are no prizes( as far as I am aware), it is just for fun, which I am all about!!!

My chosen makes for this year:

  1. Erin skirt by Sew Over It. I picked this particular pattern because of it’s simplicity and casual look, and I really like the front button placket on this skirt. I am still figuring out my style and what type of clothes suits me, so not sure how this will turned out, but I had this pattern since last year so now is the time to bring it to life. Erin skirt comes as one of five patterns from Lisa Comfort eBook “My capsule wardrobe, City break”. I plan to make it with dark brown denim fabric from my stash and jeans type buttons.


2. Classic Trench Coat. We all need at least one of this in our wardrobe, don’t you agree? I do not have a specific pattern in mind just yet, as I did not come across anything that I would like. Let me know if there is any pattern that is worth considering! I also need to research some more on a type of fabric best suited for Trench Coat.


3. Another make that I yet need to find pattern for, hovewer I am considering just drafting it myself. What I like about this blouse is the simplicity of the pattern, yet the silk and lace combination looks classy and sexy.


4. Wide leg trousers. I am thinking to use Lander pants pattern by True Bias in more drapey fabric, because they fit me pretty much fine after making some adjustments while sewing the shorts version last year. I could possibly widen them at the bottom to create wide leg effect, but at this point I am not sure. It will depends on the fabric I will choose and the final look that will be desired.


5. Channel Jacket!!! What more do I need to say?!?!? It is another classic item that is timeless and beautiful. I already have a Boucle type fabric in my stash that I want to use. It’s been waiting for over a year now, but too be honest I am a little terrified to start this project. Any help or tips would be welcome 🙂


6. Jumpsuit. I hope they will still be in fashion this year, as I love how comfortable they are. They are many patterns available on the market, so I need to make up my mind and pick the one I like the most. I do not have the fabric yet, but I want it to be plain color, maybe grey or khaki?? Not sure yet.


7. Velvet wrap top. Most probably I will use an Eve dress pattern by Sew Over It for this project because I like how it looks. Thinking to make it with normal sleeves because I already made a top with fluted sleeves last month.


8. A little selfless sewing project. I am planning to dive into sewing for my partner and a classic shirt with collar seams like a great start. I might use one of the Burda patterns I have in my stash. I am curious about what fabric my partner will choose…


9. Lace Dress. This without a doubt is the biggest project that I have planned for this year. I am dreaming about making a similar dress for Dressmaker Ball that I am attending this March, so  do not have a lot of time to waste. I had a practice run using lace fabric last year and made a little top, but still am scared that I bit more then I can chew!


Here you go! My Make Nine 2019 plans!

~Are you taking part in this challenge this year?~

Monika xxx