A guide to remnants

As I was listing some new remnants on the site, I started thinking about creative ways to use smaller pieces of fabric so I’ve put together some ideas.

I’ve broken them down into rough sizes for ease.

2+ metres

Yay, jackpot! You’ve probably got enough to make a garment – maybe even a dress. There are lots of options available to you, it will just be a case of finding the right pattern.

1+ metre

With some careful cutting, you should be able to make a top. You may need to shorten the sleeve length and might be better off cutting on the flat, rather than the fold to allow more options.

For jersey, the Agnes and Astoria tops can usually be squeezed out of a metre.

For woven, the Ogden cami is always a good bet. Ignore the cutting guide though as you should just be able to fold both sides of fabric into the centre. and cut on both folds.

If the fabric is a bottom weight, you may be able to make a simple A-line skirt out of a metre (size dependent)

50cm +

Patterns with panels are your friend here! The Bibi skirt from the Stretch book is perfect, as you can make it from really small scraps!

I also did a hack of the Agnes top into a panelled vest and that is a great stashbuster too!

You may be able to make children’s clothes out of half a metre or more, especially if it is a wide fabric.

Under 50cm

I usually include contrasting pockets and facings in my handmade garments – I love having special details like that.

If you are a quilter, you can utilise smaller pieces that way or you can also make smaller items such as make up bags. You can google Fat Quarter projects and will be inundated with project ideas!

If all else fails though, who can resist an outfit for your pet?!

Please let me know if you have any other great ideas and I will add them in!


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