Handmade Holidays Nov. 18: Scrap Busters

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 Do you have a scrap fabric stash calling you? We have the answer! Choose from scrappy projects that fit any schedule. Whether you’re looking for a two-hour quick project or a bed-size quilt – the steps are simple and the sewing is fun. Plus, these projects are perfect for every size fabric scrap in your stash.

Nancy has also contributed Wall Pocket Organizers, Fabric Bins, and a tutorial on sewing French seams.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Nancy Zieman

From Nancy:
Nancy Zieman—author, designer, businesswomen, TV producer, blogger and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada.

Nancy has written numerous how-to sewing and quilting books, and released her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, in 2013. Nancy is the National Spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines and Nancy’s Notions®. She designs patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company, designs sewing and quilting products for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., designs fabric collections with Riley Blake Designs, and also writes an interactive blog.

Nancy lives in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with her husband, Richard. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.

You can watch Sewing With Nancy® online at nancyzieman.com and visit Nancy at nancyzieman.com/blog.

Make It


Wrap and Fuse Coasters
Cut—Fuse—Coil—Stitch. Those are the four steps to creating Wrap ‘n Fuse Round Up Coasters. Designed by Carol Porter, educator for Clover Needlecraft, these artsy fabric coasters are as enjoyable to make as they are to use! Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping is the key component. A six-yard package is enough to make six coasters. The free project download gives all the details or check out the tutorial highlights.


Folded Column Quilt
Are you looking for a stash buster for a scrap quilt project? This folded column quilt is the answer! The steps are simple: fold, then quilt. There are no pieced triangles and zero bias cut edges. This three-dimensional project has guidelines, rather than an exact pattern, so it is perfect for every size fabric scrap in your stash. Talk about easy! Watch Quick Column Quilts on Sewing With Nancy or grab the book, Quick Column Quilts.


Scrappy Square In a Square Quilt Block
If you sew quilts, home accents, or crafts, chances are that fabric scraps abound in your sewing area. Rather than worry about where to store those creative treasures, use my Change-Up Patchwork techniques to create quilt projects with contemporary designs. Watch the second episode of Change-up Patchwork online to see all the details! Check out the Scrappy Square In a Square Quilt Block.


Stash-Buster Mug Rugs
Here’s an ideal scrap sewing project—colorful mug rugs! Create the reversible coaster from your fabric stash; then sit down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a friend.


Quilt To Give
The quilt design is a modification of one that I presented on Sewing With Nancy on Public Television. It can easily be made from a collective fabric stash with perhaps few purchased additions. You can easily create a Quilt to Give by yourself, or invite friends to sew with you.

The quilt design is simple. It’s a hybrid of the Follow My Lead Quilt from the book Column Quilts. Follow along on this multi-part quilt-along (start here.)

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Scrappy Gifts or Ornament Time

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies that contribute prizes.

Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart

Author: Maria Alexandra Vettese
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

An exploration of 365 days of shared experiences between two friends on opposite sides of the country, inspired by their blog, 3191 Miles Apart.

Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes share a love of art and design, handmade pleasures, and a well-lived domestic life. Almost a decade ago, they began their first year-long project together, posting a photo from each of their mornings on their blog, 3191 Miles Apart, named for the distance between their homes in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon. 3191 Miles Apart quickly acquired a worldwide following of readers drawn in by the delicate intimacy of their shared experiences.

A Year Between Friends celebrates their most recent project together—a visual representation of 2015, month-by-month, side-by-side, but miles apart. In addition to 400 photographs recording their daily inspirations and creative undertakings and a foreword from New York Times bestselling author Molly Wizenberg, this unique collaboration expands on their prior work with over 25 handmade crafts and seasonal recipes, notes on simple living, and personal stories that follow the tide of a year filled with new life, change, and loss. It is an intimate joint portrait revealed through photographic snippets—mending a sweater, making a mobile from a cherished collection, creating fabric dyes from natural materials, baking scones—that defies distance through the celebration of shared moments of calmness, warmth, and family.

Both aspirational and down-to-earth, A Year Between Friends is an inspiring visual love letter to friendship and creativity, a timeless reminder to appreciate life one day at a time, to slow down, to cherish simplicity, and to make the extra effort to do things with care and with the people we love.

Sew Home: Learn Design Basics, Techniques, Fabrics & Supplies – 30+ Modern Projects to Turn a House into YOUR Home

Author: Erin Schlosser
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

It’s the first home decor sewing book you need to buy! Make your place look like a million bucks with 31 functional projects including DIY window treatments, linens, organizers, rugs, pillows, and accessories for every space in your home. Work with cording and zippers, blind hems, and home decor fabric, with tips from a professional designer. Complement any style when you learn interior design basics that will turn your house into a welcoming retreat.

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman
November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss
November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts
November 14: Table Runners
November 13: Gifts for the Cook
November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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101 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 18: Scrap Busters

  1. Rose in MN says:

    Great ideas for scraps!

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  4. Breanna usa says:

    The quilt to give is beautiful.

  5. Mary Beth says:

    Great ideas!

    –Mary Beth in MO

  6. Cathy In MT says:

    Love the scrappy quilt. Thanks

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  8. Teresa says:

    A very cheerful collection!

  9. Kathryn in VA says:

    I need to tackle a scrap project one of these days.

  10. Paola says:

    The mug rugs would make a lovely present, maybe a stack of them with some hot chocolate mix.

  11. Chris says:

    I really like the column quilt.

  12. lucia says:

    I love to use up scraps- definitely making some mug rugs! and maybe I’ll adopt some of the quilt patterns into mug rugs- so beautiful!

  13. Tina in MT says:

    Love all of these. Thank you!

  14. Rebekka says:

    I love the coasters!

  15. Shannon in WA says:

    I’m intrigued by the wrap and fuse coasters !

  16. jessicac says:

    I keep putting mug rugs on my Christmas list.. might have to break down and make them myself. 😉

  17. kiri says:

    great ideas. thanks

  18. Tina L. says:

    Yes to scrap buster mug rugs and to Nancy!!

  19. bookboxer says:

    Though my stash is very small compared to the other sewists I know, I appreciate these terrific projects for using up every last bit of fabric that hides in my craft room!

  20. Kate in MO says:

    I love that last quilt!

  21. Angie says:

    Love the folded column quit – the colors and the design – perfect for my next baby quilt project

  22. Barb K in NE says:

    I really like your “Quilt to Give” column quilt!

  23. Rachel in FL says:

    My stash definitely needs a bit of busting

  24. The folded column quilt is so unique!

  25. Can so relate to being miles apart, my best friend and I spent close to twenty years apart due to her military service and her husbands. No interent, fb, instagram, just phone and snail mail. We would keep up on fa ric, current fashions, home &family. Lots of good memories in tbe olden days.

  26. Suzanne in IN says:

    That column quilt is something to think about. I will be mulling over the idea of folded pieces and scraps today.

  27. Gia says:

    Lots of great ideas here!
    I love the mug rugs!!
    Thank you for another wonderful giveaway!

  28. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Thank you!
    I love them all!

  29. Judy in OR says:

    Fun idea for using up scraps, I can always use those kinds of projects.

  30. Janice in Illinois says:

    A year between friends book sound fascinating. I would love to start a project like that with my grandmother. Thanks!

  31. Emma in FL says:

    Thanks for all the tutorial roundups! I’m going to have lots of things to sew now 🙂

  32. Linda in IN says:

    Love stash buster ideas and how fun the books look. Thank you

  33. Eleanor says:

    Great ideas!

  34. Jim M in NC says:

    Some really good projects that look like they could be done well before the holiday.

  35. Cindy in MI says:

    These are all great ideas. I especially like the wrap and fuse coasters. I wish I had more time to make a bunch of them before the holiday. Either of these books would be a great addition to my crafting library. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  36. Cyrus says:

    Those quilts are just lovely!

  37. Shannon says:

    Those coasters look like fun to make. Thank you!

  38. Kerry in HI says:

    Would absolutely love to win the Sew Home book!

  39. Tracey says:

    Thanks for the coaster tutorials – I have been meaning to make something like this for AGES!

  40. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the mug rugs and coasters!!!

  41. Kristin in WA says:

    Love projects that use scraps. 🙂

  42. Camille says:

    Interesting ideas!

  43. Marilyn in WA says:

    These are all fantastic ideas!

  44. Rebecca says:

    I love both of these books, but especially A Year Between Friends. I live in GA, and my best friend lives in CA. She taught me to sew and quilt, and now we send little treats to each other.

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  46. Renea says:

    I realy like all the inspiration Nancy has given to the community of sewers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. Rena says:

    Love the books…as always!

  48. Audrey says:

    I love those coasters!

  49. asteride says:

    mug rugs are my thing! Easy and quick and always make such a nice gift. A year between friends must be a great book, it sounds so intriguing!

  50. Mandi in CO says:

    I love Wrap & Fuse!

  51. Bernie says:

    Great scrappy projects. Not sure I can get a quilt done as a Christmas gift this far into November but I am surely pinning these for someday soon….

  52. Linda Fleming says:

    Love the folded column quilt!

  53. I just used some scraps on a clothesline bowl.

  54. Julie says:

    Thanks, Nancy! These are great ideas! I’ve been needing to do a charity quilt, so I think I will get going with your Quilt to Give pattern!

  55. Delia in VA says:

    I think I need to attempt a quilt. I have tons of scraps.

  56. lee in mi says:

    I love all of these stash buster ideas!

  57. Kellie in Okla says:

    I loooove Nancy Zieman. She is such a talented quilter, but she is so incredibly smart. What a life she has made for herself. I have always enjoyed watching her on television.

  58. Claudia K says:

    All of these quilts are great for using up bits and bobs of fabric that I just bring myself to discard.

  59. Barb B in BC says:

    Oh stash busting gifts!! Maybe I can actually use up that huge basket of scraps I have saved.

  60. Dawn from Indiana says:

    I love the wrap coasters.

  61. Marian in GA says:

    I really need some help with my Christmas makes!
    Thank you

  62. Beth T. in OR says:

    The fold and flip quilt is a fun idea, especially for little kids. I learn a lot from you. Thanks also for letting me know that the friends from 3191 Miles Apart have a new book! It’s going directly on my wish list (although I’m hoping to be the lucky winner here 🙂 ) . You guys are the best.

  63. Jeanne says:

    Those coasters look like a lot of fun…and what a nifty little gift!

  64. Gail Griffin says:

    I’ve got to make the scrappy square in a square quilt! What a great way to use up all that fabric that I can’t bear to part with!

  65. calypso says:

    The quilt to give is very nice!

  66. Sandy in WA says:

    Year between Friends looks like an interesting book that I should check out!

  67. SS in NH says:

    Yay for scrap busters!

  68. Cathie, CA says:

    These are great ways to use up scraps.

  69. Amber in NY says:

    coasters look like great scrap busters!

  70. Patty in MN says:

    Home decor book with ideas starts with mug rugs and scrap quilts with new (to me) ideas.

  71. Anne Marie says:

    What great ways to use up those scraps!!

  72. jackie in indiana says:

    love Nancy’s folded column quilt,

  73. Mama Squirrel says:

    I like those round coasters! They would make nice presents in someone’s favourite colours.

  74. Kayla says:

    Love these ideas!

  75. Tammy says:

    These are some great idea! I can never seem to throw out even the tiniest scrap. Maybe now I can use up all of those bits I’ve saved.
    Thanks so much!
    Tammy in Alabama

  76. Lynne in WA says:

    I have plenty of scraps just waiting to be used up in one or more of these projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

  77. Kathy L in VA says:

    The “quilt to give” is so pretty!

  78. Jenny says:

    that Quilt is just darling. love the colors too

  79. Kara in New York says:

    Managing my scraps is always a struggle!

  80. Gweneth says:

    Love the wrap and fuse coasters I want to make these for sure

  81. Sarah J in OH says:

    Great ideas for all yer round! Thanks!

  82. Christine (in California) says:

    Can’t wait to check out the coasters…they are so cute!

  83. Lulu says:

    Love this book, a year between friends. Must be really nice and inspirational.

  84. Cinnamom In MN says:

    The year between friends book looks really intriguing.

  85. Patty says:

    These are all such great ideas for using up scraps.

  86. Kay says:

    I love the little coasters, nice and quick too. x

  87. caroline says:

    great ideas. I love scrappy quilting.

  88. Kristin H says:

    That folded column quilt is such a neat idea!

  89. Tracy Thompson says:

    Those mug rugs are cute

  90. Southern Gal says:

    The column quilt will have to be on my list of quilts to make!

  91. Tammy in SC says:

    The first book in the giveaway sounds like so much fun! I followed 3191 years ago when they first started! I forgot about it!

  92. cecile in MN says:

    Thank you ! Great ideas, and it’s always nice to use scraps.

  93. Lydia says:

    Thanks for acquainting me with Nancy’s stashbusters. They are intriguing, just go sew. Really like the folded column and quilt to give. Wrap coasters are pretty too.

  94. Barbara says:

    So many great ideas. Thank you!

  95. Sheri Ricker says:

    I love this post! Thank you so much.

  96. Lisa in MA says:

    Wow – these are all beautiful!

  97. Kristin says:

    I’m always looking for good ways to use up my scraps, because I save everything! I have heard so many good things about the 3191 miles apart book.

  98. Judy says:

    Love these ideas!

  99. Anne in tx says:

    I only need to make 4,983 coasters!

  100. Laurie in CO says:

    I love the quilt at the end- so colorful!

  101. Ruth in MO says:

    Love these ideas!

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