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    what to do with bins of fabric

    Hello, I'm new and just found this site - it is great!
    My question is: I have four rubbermaid bins of fabric - some are 2 - 3 yards each. I can sew, but do not want to make a quilt. Most of the fabric is cotton (shirt weight) but I'm sick of making shirts. So far i've thought photo album covers, table runners and napkins (gotta love a hem rolling foot), computer cozys and quillows. Can anyone think of something fun to do?

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    I was in a similar situaiton, so I made a box. A box? Yes, I have a big space under my dining room sideboard, and it's too visible for me to just stash stuff under or use any old thing.

    So, I measured to fit the space and created a sort of cloth "structure" (think like a series of pillowcase sleeves) that is freestanding when cardboard inserts are added. Straps hold the whole thing in place. It's sort of hard to explain, but it wasn't difficult to do. I cut the cardboard inserts to size from a much larger box that was just sitting around.

    You could also just cover the outside of an existing box, if you weren't worried about fitting a particular space or if your box was the right size. I'm also thinking of making some milk crate covers for some of my old milk crates that are currently sitting down cellar.

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    Welcome to GetCrafty empressCrash!

    ideas:

    bandanas for humans and dogs

    book covers (the kind you slip on to keep the cover nice)

    little zippered pouches for travel etc

    Take plain journals and cover them with fabric. Good for gifts

    My brain is semi fried, that's all I can think of for now :)

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    welcome!
    if you want to make clothes, 2-3 yards is enough for a skirt & matching head scarf thingy or....
    aprons
    cafe curtains
    purses
    zippered bags - good for gift giving
    jewlery pouches - those round ones w/ the drawstrings
    use for appliques on existing t-shirts
    chair cushions - but you'd have to buy the foam insert
    dog clothes? sorry, I'm running out of ideas! I'll post more if I think of any!
    Good luck!
    : miss m

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    Thank-you for the great ideas! I might have just enough fabric for most of them heehee.

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    I would make a cool funky patch skirt.

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    These two old ladies were talking at the cutting counter in a fabric store. One was bitching that she has all these scraps and pieces and the other said that thirty years ago when the excess fabric started to overwhelm her, she started making doll clothes for anyone and everyone, then started selling them, and now occasionally buys up other people's small yardages to continue to make and sell doll clothes. That's a great idea if you like to make tiny things...

    Pillow shams, or pillow envelopes for recovering throw pillows.

    I've layered lots of fabrics before when I have a table that needs to hide the stuff under it. Think of those circular lamp tables that have the skirt and a topper, only cool. And you could recover the lamp shade to match.

    I have a lot more remnant sized pieces. Aside from doll clothes, I make stethoscope covers and OR caps that I can sell to friends. Actually haven't done any of it in awhile. I'm thinking I have to move on up to those damn American girl dolls to eat into my stash...

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    a couple years ago anthropologie had these awesome curtains that were just varying rectangles sewn together - it was beautiful. maybe you could do something like that with them.

    eyepillows

    i wrap gifts in fabric squares - you could hem some to have ready on hand. if the fabric is too plain you could sew on some pretty beads.

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    Garment/travel bags.
    Shoe bags.
    Dust cover for sewing machine.
    Oven mitts.
    Fabric flower pins.
    Hats(yep)
    Head bands.
    Poncho with buttons on one shoulder(since it wont stretch to go over your head!)

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    Fabric flower pins - do tell - I am intrigued!


 
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