Scrappy Matt Giveaway

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Hi, if you are visiting from Sew Mama Sew my name is Vicky. I regularly blog about sewing, crafting and upcycling. Passionate about using what we have, sewing does not have to be expensive!

Some of my favourite recent projects include:

Cable Tidy - create a roll to keep loose cables

This cable tidy really does work – my draw of messy jumbled up cables is no more:) The tutorial is here if you fancy making your own.


Upcycled Tote Bag Pattern Step by step instructions to create stylish large tote

Currently my favourite bag, this utilises three pairs of jeans, an offcut of tweed, and a former sheet for lining. Fancy making your own? Tutorial here.


Denim Rag Quilt

Occasionally my children dive bomb my photographs – this denim scrappy quilt came together quicker than I anticipate and added a great splash of personality and orginality to our very bland guest room. Tutorial here.

On to the giveaway – entry is purely a comment What is your favourite reuse of materials in your own crafting/sewing? The giveaway  is open until Sunday, December 13 at 5 p.m. PST and is international. This is now closed, thanks to random number generator the winner is commenter no 21:)

Christmas Scarppy Mat


If you would like to make your own scrappy matt visit So Sew Easy to see the tutorial – I love it because it uses up lots of scraps of fabric with free style machine embroidery 🙂

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  1. Carolyn
    December 10, 2015 / 11:57 am

    I am using my scraps to make small bags. I fill them with essentials and give to the homeless.

  2. Mary Ann
    December 10, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I reuse materials all the time in making kids clothes.

  3. December 10, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    I am not sure if it counts as a reuse, but I love to sew all of my tiny scraps into new pieces of sewn fabric to reuse (instead of them ending up in the trash).

  4. December 10, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    I love to use old clothing and turn it into new outfits for my daughter! 🙂
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  5. Chiska
    December 10, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I’ve been collecting polyester clothing to make picnic blankets with. I love how indestructible they are.

  6. December 10, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the fun giveaway, the scrappy mat is lovely! I love reusing random stuff in my quilts, old clothes, old paint, etc.

  7. Lori
    December 10, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I like to reuse old clothing and sheets for many things such as clothes, blankets and dolls.

  8. Kay
    December 10, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I like to use all of my scraps for EPP, even small pieces can be used. I am also happy to cut up old clothing to make things with, a pair of brown linen trousers became several stuffed frogs. Thank you for a fun giveaway. x

  9. Stacy Alfano
    December 10, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    I love to use my scraps to make scrappy bags!

  10. Cathie
    December 10, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    I was just gifted 77 vintage hankies and I will be making a quilt or two or three out of them.

  11. December 10, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I use burlap sacks from our local coffee roaster and then make cozies for coffee pots with them. If you click thru to my blog and hop on to my etsy shop you can see some of them. I also thrift much of my fabric and use denim from worn jeans to make things.

    Love your bag that you showed us today. I will pin that one for future reference!

    Happy Holidays to you.

  12. Holly D
    December 10, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    I use handles from old purses on new bags that I sew.

  13. December 10, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I reuse clothing and vintage linens in almost all of my sewing, but I have to say using skirts are my favorite (so pretty, and lots of fabric to use!) and shirts run a close second. I use shirts to line my bags, make pillows, and for just about any small fabric project! I LOVE reclaiming/repurposing/recycling!

  14. December 10, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    What a fun giveaway. My favorite use for scraps is small bags/ pouches and mug rugs. It’s fun to have such variety in mug rugs and placemats – everything fits in 🙂

  15. Kate
    December 10, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I cut up my husbands’ old shirts that have gotten thin in spots to use as material in other projects. Other than the elbows they’re usually perfectly good fabric!

  16. Kate
    December 10, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I cut up my husbands’ old shirts that have gotten thin in spots to use as material in other projects. Other than the elbows they’re usually perfectly good fabric!

  17. usairdoll
    December 10, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Love your tree mat! I save all my scraps of fabric and use them in smaller projects. I also have a pile of jeans that I’m going to use to make a quilt. I’m going to check out your tutorial.

    Awesome giveaway!

    Thanks for a chance to win!


  18. Melissa Q
    December 10, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve been wanting to use my kids clothes, the ones with stains or rips, and use the good parts to make doll clothes, but I haven’t mastered sewing with knit fabric yet. Hopefully, someday I can attempt this.

  19. Cheri M
    December 10, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    I buy fabric things at the thrift store….sheets, table runners, table clothes etc…. to use for other things. Sure saves money too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  20. Vicki H
    December 10, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I sometimes use old cotton clothing in a quilt. I have made over a dozen flannel and denim rag quilts from old clothing too.

  21. Sandy K
    December 10, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    I like to use bigger scraps to make my quilt backings.

  22. Marie Biswell
    December 10, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    I love to sew all my scrappy stuff straight onto wadding so it’s ready to use to be turned into a teddy bear, bag, pouch etc – ready to go prequilted fabric!

  23. Amber
    December 11, 2015 / 12:22 am

    Five years ago I made a “book safe” (a hardcover book with a hidden hollow in the middle for hiding things) for my nephew and I have been using the book pages I cut out for projects ever since. Have used them in everything from mixed media canvases, to paper sculpture, to jewelry. And still have plenty left!

  24. December 11, 2015 / 12:42 am

    I like to cut up old dresses and use the scraps.

  25. Kelly O.
    December 11, 2015 / 1:15 am

    I have a thing for cutting up pants for sewing projects. Especially jeans for aprons and cords to add to my fall quilts for texture 🙂

  26. Lori Morton
    December 11, 2015 / 1:20 am

    I save & cut up old jeans too! 🙂 I also love to go to the thrift stores & yard sales for shirts, sheets, fabric scraps etc to use. Love your Tree Mat! Thanks for chance to win it! 🙂


  27. Renee G
    December 11, 2015 / 1:25 am

    I love using scraps to make all kinds of pin cushions.

  28. Minn
    December 11, 2015 / 4:57 am

    I have not repurposed any fabric yet into sewing projects, but I inherited some quilt blocks from my mother-in-law that I plan to finish for her!

  29. Ellee
    December 11, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    The leftover scraps from making quilts are perfect to randomly piece together for crazy-pieced blocks for more quilts.

  30. Pal Koenig
    December 11, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now and love your “Use it!” attitude…
    My favorite recycle/use it is to use sentimental clothing that’s worn out as the backing for scrap crazy quilt or as (non removeable) Paper in paper piecing.

  31. sarah c
    December 11, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Denim it has to be I don’t think I have thrown out a pair I upcycle with them all the time

  32. Gill
    December 11, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    I like to recycle old jeans – into totes!

  33. Teresa Knittingdancer
    December 11, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    I like to use my leftover knitting yarn to make scrappy throws.

  34. Linda Fansler
    December 11, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    I like using old colorful sheets in my sewing. I have used them in little girl’s dresses, create special pillowcases and to line bags. Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Tina
    December 12, 2015 / 12:40 am

    I recycled denim jeans to be a garden apron that holds tools and can hold your pickings. Thanks

  36. Sandy
    December 12, 2015 / 2:11 am

    I sew birdseed bags into tote bags.

  37. Cindy Weaver
    December 12, 2015 / 4:53 am

    I love to crochet with cut up old t-shirts.

  38. December 12, 2015 / 7:36 am

    I don’t have any repurposed projects as of yet.

  39. December 12, 2015 / 10:56 am

    What clever ideas you have! Enjoyed and pinned your tutorials. I am in collecting mode and just getting back into sewing. I’ve had some fabric for years and years, so guess that could be upscaling from a box to a quilt! I have been saving old, tired jeans and cut some apart so they will be put into a quilt – or something hopefully in 2016. Thanks for the chance.

  40. June
    December 12, 2015 / 11:03 am

    I tried to comment before but don’t think it was submitted.

    I have started making scrap mug rugs to practice my binding and FMQ, but mainly I’m in collecting mode.

    Thanks for the chance, hope this is not a duplicate entry…

  41. Michelle Smith
    December 13, 2015 / 12:45 am

    I love to repurpose many items. My favorites to repurpose are bed sheets–especially jersey knit sheets. I have used these to make bags, dresses and skirts!

  42. Stephanie Daniel
    December 13, 2015 / 2:43 am

    Fabric of all kinds I reuse.

  43. Linda L.
    December 13, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I re-use kids clothes to make all kinds of household items. They are often outgrown before they are worn out or only worn in certain areas. If I can pass them on,that’s my first choice but if they aren’t wearable, into the scrap basket they go.

  44. Tania S.
    December 13, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    The leftover scraps of fabric are great for mug rugs.

  45. Charlotte Lunsford
    December 13, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    I like to layer old shirts and fabric for kitchen dishcloths. They work great and are good to look at. I love the tote bag! Thanks

  46. December 13, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    favorite reuse…using scraps to make another quilt!

  47. Karen Thurn
    December 14, 2015 / 12:59 am

    I use washcloths for bibs. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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