Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Piece of Mind


When making things, I am constantly plagued by feelings of guilt for not using the scraps. I have blogged about it before, getting some fun ideas from y'all about what to do with my scraps. Last year I ended up with a book from the library about string quilting (sorry, I don't remember what it was called, but it was really old...). It is thought to have begun in the depression era, when homemakers used every piece of fabric they had to make quilts out of necessity.  I immediately loved the idea and put it on my list of things to do. But as we all know, sometimes that list gets too long and lost and forgotten. So the scraps pile up in drawers (above) and in bags (below) and on tables and in containers... 


Finally last week I decided to try it. I gathered a bunch of scraps from the gorgeous Riley Blake fabric that I used for Halle's Easter dress and several things for the shop and put them together in sort of a random pattern to make two one-of-a-kind burp cloths. I am so excited about the way they turned out!



The pieces went together fairly quickly, and I feel so happy about using up some tiny pieces that might have otherwise been trashed! Wise stewardship is something that I believe God has called us to, and I think this is another way of being 'green'. These should be in my shop, along with some matching bibs later today. Have a great day!

14 comments:

  1. That's mighty crafty of you. I wish I had sewing hands. Makes me almost wish my babe was still at the burping after feeds stage!

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  2. holy moley!!! the burpcloths are fantastic. you MUST keep making these!!! i need to tell everyone who is coming to my shower to buy one for my baby girl! ; ) i think i need to call grandma... she is always wanting to spoil us!

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  3. These are so precious mandy! What a great way to be resourceful. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  4. Thanks, y'all! I will definitely be making more of these in the days to come!

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  5. Way to go, Miss Mandy! Grannys Crow & Atkins would be so proud! As is your Mama - always!

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  6. I love it!! so cute!! I understand completely wanting to use all the little pieces!!! Its a great feeling knowing everything was used :)

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  7. Stopping by from SITS to say hello.

    Those are so cute! Wish I was crafty. My grandmother used to sew a lot and make clothes for us (not always stuff I was willing to be seen in though LOL) but I never learned.

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  8. Very cute. I sewed a whole box of scrapes together and made some tote bags.

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  9. awww! i love it. creative way to use up your leftover scraps.

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  10. hay i really like this creation!
    tis quite lovely!
    thankyou for sharing!
    your blog is delightful too btw!

    have fun being wonderful x

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  11. Very nice! Making something from nothing is so satisfying. I have a scrap buster project linked at todays creative blog, too. Pop by for a look: www.thirdst.blogspot.com

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  12. I love it! I have a link party on saturdays that I would love for you to join
    www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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