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7 Scrappy Sewing Projects

Scrappy Quilt Pattern, ways to use up fabric scraps, reduce waste while quilting

If you consider yourself a quilter or a sewist, it’s very likely you have more than a few scraps of fabric laying around somewhere! This blog post is meant to inspire you to use up some of those fabric scraps by sharing 7 different scrappy sewing projects to try!

When it comes down to deciding to save fabric scraps or throw them out, my personal opinion to answer the age-old debate of “how small is too small to keep” is whether or not you can and will use it in a scrappy sewing project! Luckily some of these scrap-friendly projects use pieces as small as 1″ wide (and some use larger pieces too). I personally consider pretty much any fabric piece that is less than a Fat Quarter small enough to be deemed a “scrap”. To see how I organize my fabric, you may want to check out this post.

If you want to see all 7 of these fabric scrap project ideas in a quick video, watch it here:

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4-at-a-time Half Square Triangles

Half Square Triangles can be made lots of different ways, and this post will show you a step-by-step guide to making 4 Half Square Triangles at one time.

I personally prefer the 4-at-a-time method for making Half Square Triangles because it does not involve sewing on the bias. That does however mean that you still need to be careful while pressing your blocks, as to not stretch or distort them later on.

This post will show you what steps to take to make 4 Half Square Triangles at one time, as well as two different methods of trimming Half Square Triangle Quilt Blocks, and even how to calculate what size starting square to use when using the 4-at-a-time HST method.

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Getting Started With a Serger

As someone who loves sewing and quilting and lots of other types of crafting, I get asked about sewing machines quite a bit. One specific type of sewing machine is a serger or “overlock” machine, and today I’m going to go over some serger basics for you!

I actually was sewing for years and years before ever getting a serger, so if you feel like you “need” one you might not really. While getting an overlock machine may not be essential, it is a really fun tool to have for certain techniques, and I find myself using mine on quilts often!

Watch this video to learn how to get started Serging, or continue reading to see each step of the process:

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Chair Yoga Poses for Quilters

Chair Yoga for Quilters, Chair Yoga Sequence, seated yoga poses, flexibility for quilters, stretches for shoulders, back stretches, quilting, fit quilters

These chair yoga poses will help loosen up your joints and muscles while focusing on the areas you as a quilter need the most.

If you often get lost in a sewing project, then I am sure you are familiar with your back, shoulders, spine, and other joints are screaming at you to stretch! You are not alone! I often find myself forgetting to take breaks for stretching and movement.

I decided to lead this 15-minute yoga sequence specifically as my gift to you! This sequence can be done entirely from the comfort of your chair, hence the name “chair yoga”! Watch the full video here:

I also have a breakdown of the poses here, as you might not have a 15-minute block of time to follow along on the video:

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3 Quilting Hacks for Sewing Straight Lines

Quilting Hacks for Straight Line Quilting, Sewing Hacks, Quilting Tips, How to quilt straight lines, quilting gloves, what is a walking foot, how to quilt

In this post I will share 3 Quilting Hacks to make straight line quilting on your domestic sewing machine easy & stress-free. If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to quilt straight lines on your domestic sewing machine, this post is for you! I was quilting for years before finding some of these quilting tips & tricks, and I have to share them with you because of how much easier they make my quilting experience!

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Quilting straight lines on a domestic sewing machine may not be easy at first! It definitely takes some getting used to and lots of practice. Straight line quilting is my personal go-to method for when I’m quilting myself (as opposed to send quilts off to a long arm quilter)

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