Sewing with Scraps of fabric

Fabric Scraps, bow tie and skirt tutorial

You can sew even with scrap fabric or remnant fabric scraps! My Mother is a seamstress, a brilliant seamstress. I remember many nights listening to her sew into the late hours of the night. She made her own porcelain dolls and made and designed the patterns for the dresses that they wore. She really is talented. Many times she asked if I wanted to learn to sew and my answer was always no. Fast forward to my first year of college when I decided I wanted to become a high school teacher, specifically teaching adult roles, and learning I had to take intermediate and advanced sewing classes. They cut out the beginner’s course because they figure that if you are picking this major (Family and Consumer Sciences) you most certainly already know how to sew.

 

I was the girl who asked how to thread the machine on the first day of class. The teacher rolled her eyes and asked me to refer to my textbook. I was fortunate enough to be one who didn’t have to complete the beginners class because they had just cut it out of the degree requirement. I am telling you this as a pre-curser to my sewing tutorial to say that I am not an expert and you certainly can learn to sew if I did. From that first day of class I was asked to complete many projects that intimidated me and also design a pattern and make a garment from the pattern. I am thankful that despite my attempts to avoid sewing (in my early years) I was forced to learn and discover I truly enjoy it!

 

One place I always look for inspiration is the remnant baskets at the fabric store or even a second hand store like the Salvation Army or DI. You would be surprised what you can find! I made this polka dot skirt out of a fabric remnant I found out the DI for only $0.50!

 

So for today I thought I would pull out one of these remnants to make an easy skirt and a bow tie. This fabric remnant was half a yard and cost only $2. A website that I love and inspired me to do this skirt is www.rufflesandstuff.com. She has many easy tutorials to get you started and event the basics of sewing and threading your machine ect.

For easy felt tutorial click here.

For easy skirt tutorial click here.

For easy bow tie tutorial click here.

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  • August 6, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    Trish - Cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    Shae - I love making my little girls skirts, and the fact that it doesn’t take very much fabric! It makes using remnants of any sort great! :) I love that your kids’ clothes are matchy-match!ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:16 am

      Camille Walker - Thanks Shae! You are one of the naturals I’m talking about! I am sure you could make this in your sleep!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    Nicole Wardell - Great tutorials that give me some hope…maybe I could learn to sew also!! :) ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:18 am

      Camille Walker - You can! I will post some other easy things to sew as time goes on. I never do anything to complicated!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Rosy - I love the name of your blog. It makes it feel like so much more than just a typical blog, but instead makes it feel warmer and close-knit. Can’t wait to see what awesome things come out of this one!ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:15 am

      Camille Walker - Rosy, thank you for such a sweet comment. That really is such a compliment.ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Michelle Moon - I love the length of the skirt and the bow tie is super cute! Now I need to pull out my machine :) ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:19 am

      Camille Walker - Thanks Michelle! Your two cuties would look darling in something like this!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    Christina Gomez - SO cute! Now, if only I could sew! ;) ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:14 am

      Camille Walker - Thanks Christina. Seriously, if you are interested follow the tutorials on rufflesandstuff. She breaks it down to the very basics. It can be pretty fun!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Amy - What a fun blog! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:12 am

      Camille Walker - Nice to see you here Amy! I think about you and your family every so often! We sure miss you!ReplyCancel

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    Haylee - You girls are so cute! I’m excited to start following your blog! I’ve loved ALL the intros already! Darling!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    Noelle - You are so talented! I wish I had some sewing skills, that skirt is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 6:23 am

    Brittany Nguyen - What an incredible idea!!! I wish I had the patience (and skills) to sew! Hahaha! The best I can do is stick stuff together with a hot glue gun. LolReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2012 - 8:10 am

      Camille Walker - Hot glue and sticking things together is a good place to start! If I can make things that way without pulling out the needle I do! :) ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    Hannah - Like and now commenting. Excited to see where this blog goes!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    Michelle - Camille I love that polka dot skirt! And I love Jayne’s new skirtReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Melissa Wilson - Adorable Camille! I really love the bow-tie – wishing I had even half your talent with a needle and thread!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    RaNae - I love all the fun creative things you all are doing! Very impressive, talented ladies. P.S. everyone..I’m related. My claim to fame! Keep up the inspiration!ReplyCancel

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    • August 30, 2012 - 5:47 pm

      Camille Walker - Thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate that! We write on whatever we are busy doing at the time! :) All of these ladies are so inspiring to me.ReplyCancel

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