Tuesday, September 24, 2013


When I've sewn something I usually have scraps of fabric left. I tend to throw all the little scraps out but chucking away bigger pieces seems like a waste. These pieces just sit in my fabric stash because I have no idea what to do with them. I don't want to make little purses or rag rugs or any of the other cutesy things all the lists I've seen online suggest. When one of the pairs of pajama shorts my mum had made me for Christmas (not to wear for Christmas, but as a Christmas present) years ago started to fall apart I realised what I could use all those fabric leftovers for. I used an old pair of pajamas as a pattern and then whipped up three pairs in a couple of hours. They were really easy and quick to sew.  

 I managed to get two pleated skirts (I sold one) and a pair of pjs out of this vege print fabric. I used french seams because, as previously discussed, I am lazy and they look good. The elastic was all stuff I had in my stash. I'm not quite sure why I have a stash of elastic given I hardly ever make anything with that type of elastic. Forethought, maybe?

I used this sheer cotton to make a dress (which I will do a post on shortly), and made these with the leftovers. This is a view of the back. As you can see, it's very similar to the shape of the front.

My mum used this fabric to make a dress and I stole the leftovers to make these. I wish I had a dress made out of it because the print is awesome, but pajamas will have to do. I didn't make any tops to go with these because I usually just sleep in singlets.


  1. Ooh, I can't wait to see the dress made of the second fabric! It looks amazing. Since starting to wear makeup I want to use my scraps to make cute little makeup pouch things to chuck in my handbag, but I need to find some kind of lining fabric first.

  2. These are gorgeous, it's so good to see the veggie fabric again! x

  3. I'm a bit obsessed with using scraps, usually for bows! X

  4. Brilliant idea. Shouldn't you make bunting or patchwork with your scraps, isn't that what any self-respecting vintage fabric-loving crafty sewing blogger does?! But PJ shorts are better! xxx

    1. Ha, it probably is, but I don't actually like bunting or patchwork. Shocking, I know.

  5. These look marvellous. I love the second fabric, can't wait to see that in dress form :)) x

  6. I love them all! And I would totally wear them out, they're so fun and cute!

  7. such a good, practical use for small pieces of fabric. I love, love, love that first veggie print fabric, so good!

  8. Fabulous and fun.
    You are so cleverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  9. What a great idea! I have tons of scraps I don't want to waste either. I even feel guilty about the smaller bits.