sneak peak: ticker tape turkey day placemats

I dare you to say that three times fast.

On thing I have noticed as I re-organized my sewing things into their new (and much improved) space is that I have developed a serious scrap problem. I've only been sewing for a year so it had me quite nervous about what would happen if I continued to collect (but ignore) them.

Now, big scraps (my term for anything over about 4" square, just shy of a charm square) I have no issue with. I actually raid my larger scraps quite often for little projects and my monthly do Good Stitches blocks. But using the larger scraps creates smaller scraps. And that is where we have a problem, folks.

I had been searching for a use for those itty bitty scraps. The ones too big to be termed "trash" - especially if it was a particularly pretty fabric - but still a little bit small to seem useful for any real project. Oh, and triangles. HST trimmings, bias binding scraps, on point square leftovers. There are tons of ways to end up with triangles, but not really any good use for them.

placemat 2
So far, this is what I have. I plan to work on more to complete a set of six in time for Turkey day. Which happens to be my favorite day of the year. ;-)

I'm making quite a dent, but I'm sure will still be left with a few remaining scraps. What do you make with yours? 


  1. I have the same problem. And I don't know what to make with them because I'm way too much of a planner to make scrappy project. I just can't sew two pieces together without looking at them and planning where they will go.

    I LOVE your placemat so far !! Such a great way to use those tiny tiny pieces !

  2. wow... a lovely beginning, Jess. Ticker tape method is a great idea for using up tiny scraps - your's are looking soo pretty!!!
    can't wait to see the finished placemats.

  3. This is adorable!! I love it. We should plan a get together of some sort sometime soon. I got spoiled with seeing you so frequently for awhile :P

  4. What a great idea! This is lovely and really caught my eye. Can you tell us more about how you did it?

    1. Yes, thanks! I'm going to work on another one this weekend from start to finish and sort of put more "how to" process pics online. The weather was cloudy and overcast today though, so it would make for yucky pics. But soon! I'm really glad you like it :)


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