#129: How to Sew Clothes From Fabric Scraps

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#129: How to Sew Clothes From Fabric Scraps

Would you like to have new types of creative fun whilst saving money AND reducing your environmental impact? Sewing clothes from fabric scraps gives you all these things, AND the results are always completely unique. Today I’m sharing everything I’ve learnt over the years about sewing clothes from scraps. And although there’s never a right way or wrong way to approach sewing with scraps, these pointers will help you get started quickly if it’s something you’d like to try. 

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Pattern suggestions for self-piecing:

Brindille & Twig (all children’s)

Grainline Studios

Helen’s Closet

Named Clothing

Tessuti Patterns

True Bias

Waves and Wild 

Pattern suggestions for pattern-led piecing:


Blueprints for Sewing

Elizabeth Sweetwater 

Jennifer Lauren Handmade

Matchy Matchy Sewing Club (most of them)

Megan Nielsen

Misusu Patterns (most of them) which include childrens as well as adult designs. 

Sew Liberated:

Tessuti Patterns

Tilly and the Buttons:

  • Sonny Jacket – there are lots of other panelled jacket patterns that would work equally well, but I’m suggesting the Sonny because it comes in a very inclusive size range. 

Here are some wonderful, creative businesses and individuals who are creating awesome garments with piecing fabrics:

  • @tannerfrostbowen
  • @zerowastedaniel
  • @holycowsberlin
  • @broken.supply.co
  • @lesreloux
  • @softpawvintage
  • @threadandsprout
  • @isabelle_sews
  • @judywillimentross
  • @theconsistencyproject
  • @the.light.touch 
  • @rachiesews
  • @m.o.s.s.o.m 
  • @kionek
  • @spunkybruiser
  • @sweetfindupcycled
  • @elizabethsweetwaterpatterns
  • @pettypopcornmakes

Improv quilters, modern quilters and boro practitioners are also a fantastic source of piecing inspiration. Take a look at the following:

  • @sherrilynnwood
  • @momiyamatakao
  • @modernstitchwitch
  • @encodedstudio
  • @spontaneousthreads
  • @blue_movement2017 

Two more resources that might be useful:

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