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How To Make a Fabric Tray for Mother’s Day

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How To Make a Fabric Tray - let your kids join in and paint fabric to make a gift for Mother's Day! Fabric trinket trays are a great beginner sewing project that uses up fabric scraps. #ad #cbias

My kids are 4 and 2 and they love giving gifts almost as much as they love receiving them. Picking out cards is such a fun activity and we had a great time choosing Mother’s Day cards from the selection of Hallmark Signature cards at Walmart! I came up with a simple sewing project that they could also help with so I can pair the hand-painted fabric tray with the beautiful cards they chose. There are lots of ideas for what to sew for Mother’s Day but this is an easy one to get the kids involved. The trays are perfect for storing jewelry, loose change, little plant pots, or sewing trinkets!

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How To Store Fabric Scraps On A Budget

5 tips for how to store fabric scraps on a budget! Creative fabric scrap storage doesn't have to be expensive; save even the tiniest scraps and give them a new purpose instead of filling up your trash.

It can be overwhelming to figure out how to store fabric scraps when they add up so quickly! I know it is tempting to just pitch them, but even if you don’t have time to sort and save them, you can always give them away to other quilters or crafters (even kids’ art classrooms!).

I was inspired to share all this because Jen from Faith and Fabric is hosting a series of “Sew Much Fun Blog Hop“s. I’m joining in today with tips for storing fabric scraps on a budget! Despite being focused on using up every last scrap and blogging about scrapbusting, I’ve never shared any pictures of how I store my own scraps. I sew in a spacious dungeon with unfinished floors and walls, which makes it the last place I ever think to take pictures. I realize all of my scrap sorting may seem over the top, but I really do try to produce as little trash as possible in my sewing room. These ideas and tips apply to fabric scraps of any kind; be sure to check out my list of 60+ ways to use up knit fabric scraps or all my fabric scrap tutorials here!

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How To Make A No Sew Fabric Bookmark

I love using up fabric scraps and can never have enough bookmarks, so this fast and easy craft shows you how to make a no sew fabric bookmark! It’s hard to find ideas to use up knit fabric scraps (I have a huge list of them in this post!) but this craft perfectly uses up those weird long strips you end up with after cutting out clothes. Most craft stick ideas are for kids, but I think these would be a perfect gift for an adult. They kept my place in the embroidery book I was looking at; I think I’ll make a few more and slide them into my purse for when I’m reading on the go.

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Simple EPP Hexie Pincushion Tutorial

 

Interested in EPP (english paper piecing) but intimidated by making a whole quilt? With only 17 hexies, make a simple pincushion with this easy pincushion tutorial! This is a great first quilting project and scrap buster tutorial. The post was sponsored by Maker Mountain Fabrics, where you can find this adorable Cotton + Steel Kujira fabric!

If you’ve admired EPP (english paper piecing) projects from afar, I have a great beginner tutorial to make a simple pincushion! Maker Mountain Fabrics sponsored this post, which means she sent me the fabrics in addition to compensation for creating the tutorial. This pincushion only takes 17 hexies, and while I think calling it a one-night project might be a stretch, you can definitely do it in a weekend. EPP is done by hand, which makes it a great hobby for parents who are running after small children. Similar to embroidery, you can stop and start a million times without messing anything up or losing your place, which I love! All of these hexies were sewn with a minimum of one child hanging on my arm, and they loved playing with the placement of each design. The last EPP project I had on the blog was a while ago, but my son still uses this tote bag all the time.

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