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10 Ways to Shrink Your Fabric Stash

10 Ways to Shrink Your Fabric Stash

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. Make a dozen coordinating napkins.  These make a great housewarming or hostess gift.
  2. Throw pillows are a quick and easy project.  Make several sets so you can change them out frequently.
  3. Sew gift bags, either for holidays or other occasions. They’re pretty and re-usable.
  4. Crochet a rug.  Cut your fabric into 1” strips, sew them end-to-end and use as “yarn” to crochet with.  When you run low on “yarn” just add more onto the end.
  5. Make book covers.  This is an especially good way to use some of that “can’t cut into it” favorite since you still get to enjoy a fairly large piece of it.
  6. Cut your own 5” square charm packs or 2 ½” jelly rolls.  These are good small gifts for other quilters.
  7. Make quilters’ bookmarks by fusing 2 layers of fabric wrong-sides together, cut into bookmarks with pinking shears, punch a hole near one end and add a decorative ribbon.
  8. Sell what you definitely won’t use.  That’s what eBay and Craigslist are for!
  9. Sew pillowcases, either to use yourself, to give as gifts, to store your quilts in, or to give to charity.  (See my article on the Million Pillowcase Challenge (link) and How to Sew a Pillowcase (link).)
  10. Make a shower curtain or a duvet cover.  They don’t even have to be pieced!


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