Friday, 29 January 2016

Pins I Love - Stash Busting

I think this stash busting post will be slightly more exciting than my last one as it isn't reliant on my own stash busting experiences. Instead I have looked through pinterest (and even created a stash busting board) to pick out some interesting methods of using up your scraps.

This first one is a cushion made by Cherry Heart. She used a small square motif and then a single crochet stitch to join them together. The effect is rather pretty. The link to her cushion is attached to the image (as with all my pinterest posts just click on the images). I'm afraid it doesn't lead to a tutorial on how to make it. However, the squares were actually a tutorial by one of my favourite bloggers, Attic 24. That's not to say Cherry Heart isn't worth a visit. She loves yarn and is a sock knitter too. There are even some patterns on her blog. On top of that she also posts podcasts, something I have been meaning to get into. I've mentioned her blog before so you will find it on my blog list page already. You can find the tutorial for the squares here.

This next one is actually a free download found on craftsy.  If like me you have lots of leftover sock yarn then this is perfect. Especially if you are a knitter and don't want to use your scraps for crochet. The downside to this is that you would have lots of ends to sew in but the tip there is to sew as you go. It also doesn't have to be a blanket, it can be a scarf or a cushion. It's up to you. I have actually seen this finished via instagram and while I wasn't keen on the work in progress it looked stunning once finished. As I mentioned this is a free download from craftsy. Craftsy is a website I have mentioned many times. It's for all sorts of crafts and it's a website that I have barely utilised but probably should.

 This is the last example involving yarn and of course I was always going to have a pair of socks on this list somewhere. These socks are stunning. They are by Jenny F and she has called them 'Music to my Eyes'. Easy to see why she would give it that title. These are stunning and a perfect way to use up all those leftover sock yarns. Sadly, there is again no tutorial. The maker of these socks actually adapted a pattern from a pair of mitts. It would take a talented sock knitter to do that. If you think you could do it though just click on the image and Jenny F will send you to the mitts pattern. The downside to this is all the ends to sew in. Not sure I would have the perseverance to do that. If you fancy something more simpler though you could easily adapt your basic sock pattern. Such as using large stripes (less ends) or using your scraps for the heels and toes.

This is another free download from Craftsy (at least it's free at the moment. It is filled with ideas on how you can use up your fabric scraps to create cushions, mug rugs, quilt blocks and table runners. I haven't had the chance to look through it properly but I would recommend downloading it. It will only take up some of your memory space and it might give you a few ideas to play around with.

This is probably one of my favourites. This tutorial is for floor pillows and it is made entirely from scraps. A really good idea if you have a lot of them. This is from Sew Mam Sew and they recommend sorting your scraps into colour. You bring shades of the same colour together to make these fab floor pillows. And, as I said, there is a tutorial to show you exactly how to do that. I am not sure if I have linked to Sew Mama Sew before or not but I do recognise it as being a place I have visited before. It looks more like a brand rather than ran by say someone like myself. However, I think it should be in every stitcher or quilters bookmark as it has a lot of tutorials on there.

I hope this has given you some ideas although there are a lot more out there. If you have some of your own I would love to see them.

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