Handmade Wardrobe / Inspiration

in small amounts

Maybe i’m strange, but i get an immense satisfaction from eking a garment out of almost no fabric. It makes me feel like a hero. I really adore this fabric – i bought it many years ago at JoAnns – and first used it for this tshirt for Bunny (and don’t ask me where the kids patterns are… because well, that plan kind of never happened hahaha).

Since then i’ve been hoarding it and waiting for something else to use it for. Something perfect. So i used some to make a swaddling blanket for baby Birdie, i used some for a bow headband and before i knew it this beloved fabric was a lovely collection of scraps.


My very basic plan had always been to make a tshirt – but sometimes the simplest plans fail because you know it’s simple. Does that make sense? Oh a tshirt I can make that tomorrow.

Anyway, in the end i got a little sneaky and managed to eke out a Briar crop top! Albiet with a straight hem, as i didn’t have enough length in the back. BUT i did manage to pattern match the side seams, which in normal circumstances is no big whoop, but in this circumstance, it was a big freaking deal.

Ok i’m done. So much love for a tiny little tshirt!

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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9 years ago

Looks great! These scrap projects are so satisfying… and I tend to like this second product more than the one the fabric was first used for. Maybe because they are simple, tried and true sorts of clothes? I guess that indicates what I should be sewing more in the first place…

9 years ago

Great job, Meg! I totally understand that satisfaction. :)

9 years ago

That’s the best feeling! I was so excited finishing up a coat project yesterday with only a few small scraps left. Yes! Nothing like turning leftovers into wearables!