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Everyday Cheapskate: Drowning in Scraps of Fabric

Mary Hunt on

Longtime readers of this column may remember the reader who wanted to know where she could donate her fabric scraps. I offered details on a small organization in Texas that turns new fabric scraps into quilts for shelters, churches and other charities.

Apparently, reader G.W. was not the only reader with fabric scraps too good to throw away. "Everyday Cheapskate" readers sent so many donations, this group is set for years. Now they're waving a white flag begging us to stop! Still the requests pour into my mailbox from readers with an apparent case of Fabric Scrap Overload Syndrome. So far, I am unable to come up with any alternative groups or individuals in need of fabric scraps.

But not to worry. You may rethink your plans to give away your fabric stash when you discover all the ways to turn your scraps into fabric assets.


Cut your like-content fabrics into 5- or 6-inch squares, put them in color coordinated sets and sell them on eBay. You'll need to do a little research to see what other sellers are offering and what people are buying, but this is an excellent way to turn scraps to cash.



Place a small amount of potpourri in the center of a square of fabric. Pull the corners to the center and tie with a ribbon. Place in drawers and cupboards. For gifts, you may want to add lace to the edges of the fabric and additional ribbon accents.


If you're good with a crochet hook, you can make fabulous rag rugs from strips of fabric. There are several techniques, including tying pieces of fabric onto a rug canvas. For ideas, photos and even patterns and directions, go online and search, "How to make a rag rug." Or check your local craft store. Prepare to be amazed.



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