Scrap fabric cushion

I am a fabric hoarder. I can’t bear to get rid of even the tiniest scraps of fabric, for fear that years later I’ll think “why did I get rid of them?!”. Mr Lu and I just moved house, so I gave away a whole ton of fabric to reduce the amount of storage we would need (our new place is cute but tiny), but I still have managed to hold on to several jars worth of scrap fabric. I decided I need to actually start using it all up, so I’ve been looking into scrap fabric projects. I came across a picture of a scrap fabric cushion somewhere – I can’t find it now but it was most likely Pinterest – and decided to make my own. This is how it turned out:

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I took a square of plain calico, and then gathered up all the bits of fabric I wanted to use. I ironed on interfacing to the back of the scraps to make them a bit more sturdy, and then cut out shapes, arranging them on the calico as I went. This took much longer than I thought it would! After I had filled the entire square, I pinned all the pieces in place.

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Then I undertook the arduous task of sewing them all on. I definitely underestimated how long it would take. I completed about half of the pieces in the first sitting, and then the project sat on my “to finish” pile until today I decided to just finally get it finished. I had a bit of trouble making the sewing neat when contending with all the pieces, so I decided to just go with it and embrace the messy look. I’m usually a big fan of things that are a bit messy and not so perfect anyway, so it worked out ok. I used some largish scraps of a pretty fabric I had left for the back of the cushion (hence the line down the middle), and filled it with the stuffing of an old pillow shoved in my wardrobe.

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I’m not actually sure if I like the finished product, but I’m going to leave it on my bed for a few days and see if it grows on me. If not, it was a useful exercise as I got to practice sewing lots of curves. I figure I can always pull it apart and use it for something else, or give it to someone who likes messy sewing as much as me. I think it might be fun to try different shapes or patterns with the scraps, so I might tackle that next.
Fellow crafters, how do you use your scrap fabrics?

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