Scrap Buster – Piecing together your own fabric from scraps

quilted fabric closeI have only been sewing for about six months and already I have a LOT of fabric scraps. I really love buying fabric but I have been feeling guilty about how much I have been spending. Then it hit me, make fabric from your scraps! I am sure I am not the first to come up with the idea but I was pretty proud of myself for saving a few bucks on fabric. I am so pleased with the results I think I will do it again soon!

quilted fabricI cut 4 x 4 squares out of some of the fabric scraps I thought would complement each other and sewed them together like a simple block quilt top.

I actually sewed together the scraps a few weeks before I decided what to use them for. As soon as I saw the E&E Bubble Pocket Shorts pattern, I knew that was what I wanted to use them for. I didn’t piece together quite enough yardage for the pattern but I still had plenty of larger scraps left for the pockets, tie, and cuffs.

N's Shorts

M's Shorts

I let each of my girls pick their own scraps for the extra needed yardage so they felt like they got to be a part of the process. It also helps tell whose pair of shorts is whose because I have to make Naomi’s slimmer then Maya’s.

girls dancing


They seem to like them as much as I do and immediately filled those gigantic pockets up with their little treasures.

maya in e&e patchwork shorts