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Thursday, May 19, 2011

What To Do with Leftover Fabric Samples

I have been amassing quite an extensive collection of fabric samples lately.  I hate to throw them out because I obviously loved them enough to acquire a sample.  If I was a quilter I'd have a beautiful blanket but I'm not so I settle for little things.  I needed a new case for my oversized sunglasses that don't fit into the hard cases so that became project #1.

Start by assembling your fabrics and glasses to get an idea of what size you will need to end up with.

So many combinations.  Hmmm, what to chose?

I wanted to line the fabric pieces with felt that I had leftover from another project to give my glasses a nice cosy bed.  I sewed the felt and fabric together with the right side facing in.  Once I sewed them I flipped them right side out.


Sew on your contrasting fabric. Easy peasy, right?  Yes until it came time to use the automatic button hole device on the sewing machine.  Automatic button hole is code for torture-of-the-mind-and-soul-for-endless-hours.  Only because I had no other option for a post did I persevere through the agony until I accomplished a very lame button hole.  Sew the 2 sides together, add button and voila.




Next week I'm going to share 2 other and much simpler uses for leftover samples.  




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40 comments:

  1. this is pretty genius. Pretty and genius.Nice job.

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  2. Such a great idea! I often wonder what to do as well and end up throwing them out.

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  3. I actually don't mind doing buttonholes, but anything that uses the zipper foot - forget about it. Pretty fabrics! Great idea for the bits and scraps! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Lady, you get more done in one day than I get done in an entire week. You never cease to amaze with your creativity!
    Camille

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  5. Great idea! I have all those sample bits as well. I need a case for my sunglasses. I might just have to copy :)

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  6. Just found your blog via Stricly Simple Style! What a great use for scraps! I have tons that I just can't part with. It's ridiculous, but it feels wasteful to throw them away. I've started making flower pins but that will eventually get old.

    Looking forward to more ideas!

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  7. Great idea. With all of the projects you do it would make a great series if you posted about what to do with leftover supplies. Hint: I currently have about 492 cans of spray paint that are only about a quarter full.)

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  8. What a neat idea :) And I hate my current sunglasses case, this would be perfect!

    K.

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  9. Your comment about the chloe bag made me laugh! I wish we could both have that bag.

    This is such a cute DIY project! Would keep my sunglasses safe.

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  10. This is great. TFS!! Stopping by from The Shabby Chic Cottage and your newest follower.

    Here is what I posted: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/wool-buffalo-check-coat-finished.html

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  11. Too cute! All of that fabric looks fun. Agreed on the button hole/torture device that comes with a sewing machine. I too have only ever been able to accomplish lame button holes. :) Looks like it did the trick, though! Can't wait to see your other ideas.

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  12. Super cute! I've never attempted a button hole....now I'm even more scared...but it may be worth it to have a cute sunglasses holder! :)

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  13. This is a great idea! I think these want to be on etsy. :)

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  14. Carol, this is awesome! I've never attempted a buttonhole, and after hearing your description I might never end up trying it, but the finished product is lovely!!!

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  15. So cute Carol, you are so talented! Andrea xo

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  16. what a great idea -- you creative gal you!

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  17. Awesome idea and you're really just overflowing with them!:-)

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  18. What a fantastic idea Carol! You're so creative. I love this, cause some fabrics are just to pretty to even throw away the scraps :)
    Nancy xo

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  19. Brilliant. Much better than just stuffing them into a shoebox like I do! This is the reason (among many others) that I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by today for more details!

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  20. This is a fantastic idea!! And so pretty too! {Love your blog!}

    Thanks so much for stopping by The Fancy Life! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

    http://fancyhomelife.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is a wonderful idea. Wouldn't that be fun to pull out of your purse or give as gifts?

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  22. what a cute idea! Would be a great gift idea! I love it!!

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  23. What a great idea, this turned out fantastic! You are seriously the DIY queen.

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  24. What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  25. Great idea...I guess we shouldn't throw away our stuff when we can come up with something amazing out of it. Thanks for sharing...I love all the fabrics!!!!!

    xoxo

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  26. Those are beautiful!!! Great job!! :)

    <3 Belly B

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  27. Such a fantastic idea!! Thanks for the inspiration and stopping by my blog!! I'm a new follower!!

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  28. Very clever! And love that fabric. xo

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  29. Genius! Love it! Hope you're having a great weekend!
    Kelle
    xx

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  30. I just wanted to say that I can't wait to start photographing these awesome projects of yours!!! Love these!

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  31. Love this and once again, I'm filled with envy for people who can sew!

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  32. Adorable and ingenius! I love that you made something functional from fabric samples. Totally Brilliant! Plus, how cute is that case? I wish I wasn't totally lame and actually knew how to sew! Ha!

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  33. Seems like a pretty inexpensive idea.
    Now if I can only find some shades for my face!


    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  34. I absolutely love the fabrics you used and what you made with them! You are so crafty cool:D

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  35. Carol, what a great project I think it turned out great!! I know what you mean about the buttonhole attachment!

    Maybe Velcro and sew the button for decoration.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Do Come and enter my Great Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    You will love it!

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  36. great job! I love your fabric choice :)

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  37. You know I did this for my smart phone. Since it is an expensive phone and I tend to dump it in my purse with everything else which could scratch my screen. And for shades its also good!

    BIG thanks for the award I'll have to put this into a cartoon.
    You get timmy hugs!!!

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  38. great idea and it looks fun to make.

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