Sometimes, as quilters and sewists, we just need a "quick win." We want to use up some fabrics and just make a thing (as opposed to starting or working on a thing). These patterns are for that.
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Here are some of my favorite patterns and ideas to use up some bigger chunks of fabric. These make great gifts and home decor items, and can help you feel like you made a leap of progress, even if you only have a little time to sew. You've likely made most of these projects, or projects similar to them, before, but it's nice to have a easy little list to jog the memory when we feel stuck or uninspired. Speaking of inspiration, these are also great projects to make if your quilting mojo seems to have taken a vacation and you just need a little fabric therapy.
1) A Classic Tote Bag
I LOVE this Hold Everything Bag free pattern by Jean Bailey for All People Quilt. It's a simple construction, but it turns out classy and gorgeous. If you're learning free motion quilting or if you wanted to add a little extra personalization, make it with quilted panels on the outside.
2) Easy Zipper Pouch
Not only is this 15 Minute Zipper Pouch a great way to practice sewing with a zipper, but this easy to follow tutorial from Melly Sews makes a great pair with the Hold Everything Tote Bag. By the way, if you're making a pencil pouch, 9x5 inches is a pretty good size to cut your fabrics.
I'm rambling on (unpreparedly) about my Sturdy Fabric Basket pattern in my stories today sharing tips on how to get crisp folds on your Peltex lining. I'll get a permanent video up on my site at some point, but for now you get 15 seconds at a time 😄 -- This is a free pattern on my website and includes directions on how to make any custom size basket. (p.s. they make fun Easter baskets! 🐰) -- Hope you all have a nice weekend! -- #sturdyfabricbasket #freepattern #sewingtutorial #brothersews #fabricbasket
3) Sturdy Fabric Basket
Why not use up some fabric to help organize your fabric? Whip out a few of these Sturdy Fabric Baskets, and you'll have the neatest fat quarter stash in town. These also make a pretty, easy, and multipurpose way to give gifts.
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4) Burrito Pillow Case
Using over a yard of fabric just doesn't get easier than this burrito pillow case! Make one for each of your quilts for an easy way to store them! And, since those pillow cases are primarily for protecting quilts, this is the perfect opportunity to use up uglyyyy fabric. For prettier fabrics, if you are donating quilts to a charity like Quilts for Cure, make pillowcases to send the quilts in, or donate just pillowcases to APQ's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge
5) Easy Mug Rugs
Whether your follow my quick and easy tutorial or use a pattern like my friend Lindsay's, a mug rug is the perfect way use up some pretty scraps or an orphan block-- plus another great excuse to practice your FMQ! If you're giving a mug rug as a gift, add this little printable tag, too, to make sure the recipient knows how handy a mug rug is!
6) Scrappy Table Runner / Table Topper
This easy, lovely table runner by Kristin Esser of Simple. Handmade. Everyday. makes for a relaxing afternoon of sewing and a prettier table (or sideboard) afterward. Or, consider arranging your favorite sampler blocks in a square or row to make a custom runner or topper (here I chose blocks from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage)
7) Jelly Roll Rug
Busting jelly rolls by turning them into rugs is definitely all the rage. You've probably seen this sweet rag rug style Jelly Roll Rug pattern making the rounds. I also stumbled on this nifty pattern for a Woven Jelly Roll Rug by Jera Brandvig in the Moda Bake Shop archives this week, and I can hardly wait to make my very own! I wonder if it would work to make it bigger...
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This post is part of the Summer Stash Busting Challenge-- Welcome! Be sure to check out the original post to see the full lineup of content here.