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Sewing Stashbusters

25 great ways to use up your fabric leftovers

For sewers who want to know how to make use of their fabric stash and avoid waste, this collection of 25 makes has the answer.

It's a perennial problem for crafters: you have a little fabric left over from a major project, too much to throw it away and not enough for another big make. Sewing Stashbusters has the eco-friendly answer, 25 projects specially chosen to use up the odd yard or less of fabric, so you'll have a clear stash drawer and a clear conscience. To keep you organized while you craft, there are pincushions, knitting bags, and a knitting needle roll. For when you are out and about, you might want to make yourself some backyard bunting, or a patchwork coat for your dog. For your wardrobe, make a pretty tie-on collar with buttons from your store, or sew-on patches for your denim. And at home you can make a cat-shaped doorstop or a Dachshund draft excluder. Pockets, pouches, and coin purses can be made in contrasting pieces of fabric, while puffs and rosettes will use up even the smallest pieces in your stash.

Kate Haxell is an experienced craft editor and author. She has written a wide range of craft and design books, including 'Sew-licious Little Things', ‘Super-cute Pincushions’ and ‘Sewlicious’, all published by CICO Books. Visit her website at www.katehaxell.co.uk. She lives in south London, UK.

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