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Future projects

One thing I do want to do in the near future is keep going with making things from the fabric I have. I don't really have a stash problem, but at the same time I like to make things with the fabric I bought.

From the same fabric as the hippie shirt I have just enough to make most of a Meringue skirt (non scalloped of course!). I will use some white fabric as contrast for bits that don't quite fit in the fabric I do have left. I cut the flowery fabric today - no leftovers! I also put the white fabric in the washing pile, along with the left overs from the white silk I used for my pijama make, which I will use as lining for the skirt.

Even if I do not really have a stash problem, I do find that fabric scraps that are left from projects keep adding up. In the flowery fabric case it was easy enough to fix, because I had enough to make a real garment, but this is not always the case. I bought some Insul-Bright to have on hand in case I ever decide to make an oven glove or something similar. However, I don't have many other ideas of things I could use. Any ideas?


  1. Shoe bags for travelling, makeup bags, small tissue holder for your purse, a Sorbetto or two, drawstring bags for gifts, sleep eye masks, luggage tags, bias binding for seam finishing on future projects, if you have any knits, bikini underwear. Is this any help?

    1. Shoe bags for travelling and makeup bags sound good. Maybe also luggage tags :) Thanks for the hints!


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