I’ve got my stash pretty under control; it’s contained on 4 out of 5 shelves of a skinny-ish bookshelf. What is out of control right now is my scrap stash. It takes up just as much space as my uncut fabrics. Given the size of my scrap stash, it should come as no surprise that the barrier for entry into the stash are pretty low – I’ll keep anything that could be used to piece a quilt. And my quilt output (one quilt) really doesn’t justify my hoarding! I also keep knit scraps, which aren’t suitable for quilts anyway. They were just taking up space – until now!
I had tried to make some scrunds* a year or two ago by cutting up an old pair that fit pretty well. I didn’t understand how much extra fabric I needed to translate between stretch synthetic to 100% cotton t-shirt material, and I cut the elastic too small. Woof. I was pretty discouraged and not super comfy. My jersey scraps motivated me to try again. I downloaded So, Zo’s pattern last month and made 5 pairs in rapid succession. They’re simple to make and they fit me perfectly. I made a sizable dent in my jersey scrap pile!
After my first two pairs, I went a little crazy on Etsy and bought a bunch of picot elastic in a few of my favorite colors (check out that persimmon color!) I felt like it was a small investment in the service of a greater goal.
Do you feel extremely virtuous when you use up fabric scraps?
*”Scrunds” is my favorite euphemism for unmentionables. I use it here to (hopefully) fly under the radar of creepers, but also because it’s the word I use most often! My friend Elizabeth once shared that her mom likes to use the admonishment “Don’t get your scrunders in a bunch!” and I’ve been using some variation of the word ever since.