As part of the Green Review of my business, I have been looking at the textile waste produced from making my project bags, both by myself and by Kalopsia.
I have previously started making badges out of the knitted fabric waste. But, now I'm also going to be using the larger scraps of lining material which are mainly linen or cotton fabrics from Scottish Linen and from Fabric Focus, my local fabric shop and haberdashery in Edinburgh.
I have gathered this waste plus remnants from my own personal sewing to create Scrap Packs! I initially got the idea for this from the amazing curated fabric packs made by The Border Tart who also runs wonderful stitching workshops.
My Woolly Originals fabric packs consist of at least 100g of material scraps of varying sizes. The biodegradable packaging is approx 15.5cm square to give you an idea of dimension. The packs are colour or theme coordinated and will have at least five different fabrics. They will be priced at £15 per pack and will be first available to purchase on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August at CLOTH, a curated event for handmade textiles at the Dovecot Tapestry Studios in Edinburgh. Hopefully, I'll also have some available online from October 2021.
So, what can you use the packs for? Well, you can use them to mend clothes or other items; or you could use the fabric packs to make a purse, tool roll, brush holder and more!
I highly recommend the book "Mending Life" by Nina and Sonya Montenegro who are known as @thefarwoods on social media. Their website can be found at The Far Woods. In the UK, it can be purchased from Beyond Measure. This book inspired the creative repair of my first work apron, using embroidery and linen patches; and then the repair of my husband's, my sons' and their friends' clothes!
I've also used my fabric scraps to make a patchwork purse and a tool roll using the amazing patterns by Arounna Khounnoraj, known as @bookhou on social media. She has also written a fantastic book called "visible mending". Both the book and her patterns can be purchased on her website at bookhou.
I hope this has given you some inspiration on how to use my fabric packs! If you have any other recommendations, I'd be delighted to hear about them. Either send me an email or get in touch through Instagram.