Mini Sewing Projects #1

Scrap busting projects - The Fair Stitch blog.Hello fellow stitchers, how are we all today? I mentioned in my Sewing in 2019 post that I very rarely have fabric stash. But I do have leftovers and scraps, odds and ends. Plenty of them in fact. The mountain of scraps just gets bigger and bigger every week and now it’s time for me to do something about them.

A while ago, Closet Case Patterns talked about keeping the scraps for filling a pouf, which I think is a good idea as the scraps can be of any size and shape – the ultimate scrap-busting project indeed. I wish I’d thought of this before I chucked most of mine in the bin. She has a tutorial on her blog on how to make the pouf (free pattern), go check it out it’s awesome!

So this week I did a bit of research and I came up with two projects to begin this whole new adventure in scrap-busting. I am going to turn these scrap-busting projects into a series here where I share a project or two on each post, I hope you’ll enjoy them and maybe get inspired to turn your scraps into beautiful/functional things. 😉

Neck warmer
Burda Style Dicki #1 - The Fair Stitch blog.
Image: burdastyle.com

Or as Burda Style call it… a Dickie. Yes, a dickie *chuckles*. They have this pattern as free download; there are only 4 pages for the pattern plus one page for the instructions. I thought it was worth a try as I do struggle with cold air around the back of my neck in Winter (even when I’m indoors). Even tops like the Agnes from Tilly and the Buttons for me just aren’t as wearable when it’s cold as the neck, chest and shoulders are a bit exposed. Give me the Freya any day.

DIY neck warmer - The Fair Stitch blog
Yes, I happen to have the same colour fabric as in the pattern, ha!

This pattern calls for a bit less than 1/2 metre of knit fabric. I used leftover from my Blackwood Cardigan project last year. You can make it as tight around the neck or as loose as you like – easy enough to adjust. The pattern suggests adding blings, or embroider something on it, I went with plain and simple. As knits don’t require finishing for the seams, the project took me less than an hour – including cutting. I used 3mm by 3mm zigzag stitches for topstitching the hem and collar, and just plain straight stitches for the two vertical seams. This may not be the prettiest/most fashionable thing, but I do love that it keeps my neck warm and snuggly. Now, I love my handknit shawls and scarves for going out and about, but when I’m at home I don’t reach for them when it’s a bit chilly – they’re just not practical. So I think this dickie is a good solution. What do you think, is it too silly? 😀

Eye mask.

I love eye masks, they do help me sleep especially on those nights when I have to count sheep. Tilly has a nice pattern that you can make make as part of a Fifi pyjama set. Click here to get the free eye mask pattern from her. I used leftover Atelier Brunette fabrics for my eye mask; the yellow fabric is their Dash Lime cotton batiste (leftover from my Ogden cami project), and the lining is the Moonstone viscose in blue (navy) from my Marigold trousers project.

DIY eye mask - The Fair Stitch blog.As the lining is the side that’s touching your skin, Tilly suggests you go with soft fabrics. If you’ve worked with Atelier Brunette’s viscose fabrics, you’ll know just how soft they are. Add batting and it’s the softest, plushest, cushiest thing ever! I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 100% cotton batting that I purchased from Amazon a while ago, leftover from when I made my ironing board cover. A bit off topic here, the batting works wonders. I did put a few layers of batting under the cover, it’s been almost 3 years now and it’s still going strong.

DIY eye mask - The Fair Stitch blog
I just loooove how soft the lining is!! ❤

This project took me about an hour. The fiddliest bit is turning the tube (for the elastic) right side out. But it didn’t take me long, I used good ole safety pin as I didn’t have cord at hand. I used 5mm wide elastic as that’s what I have. I also stitched the batting together instead of inserting it through the opening of the eye mask as per instructions – I want the batting to stay flat if I need to put this in the wash. So what I did is I put the eyemask pieces RST and with the lining fabric’s WS facing up, I put the batting on top of it and stitched them all together leaving an opening to turn the mask right side out. I then trimmed the batting’s SA very close to the stitching line to reduce bulk, trimmed and notched the fabrics’ SA. After I turned the mask right side out, I gave it a nice press and edgestitched it, this way I didn’t have to slipstitch the opening. Hurray!

I love this eye mask, but next time I must remember to shorten the elastic a bit, it feels a tiny bit loose. But other than that, great!

So do you keep your scraps? Do you have a plan (or plans) to do with them? I am definitely keeping my tiny scraps for the pouf from now on, I want a big and squishy one. 😀

Happy stitching,

Faye

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