I hold onto fabric scraps, but when they’re printed or striped it’s almost impossible for me to throw away. I just love prints and stripes! Well after looking through some of my striped scraps, I realized I had some that were the same height. I wanted to piece them together for a cool striped “striped” look! And this will look good with any striped fabric, not just knit. I did use knit for my example, but it would look great on a woven skirt or dress or pants!

Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps
Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps

Supplies
Striped fabric scraps with stripes the same height
Sewing supplies

1. I traced a pattern and then drew the stripes right onto the pattern. Then I was able to draw the piecing I wanted to do. I also colored in the black stripes and drew o‘s for orange. You would design your stripes and pieces based on the scraps you have.

Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps

2. I cut up my pattern pieces and separated them into the orange stripes and turquoise stripes. I cut them out but added seam allowance to the piece edges. You could also tape seam allowance onto the pattern.
3. I laid out my pieces so I knew which order they needed to be in.

Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps

4. Because all my piecing were diagonal to the stripes, matching the stripes were a little difficult. I found the easiest way was to pin the seam allowance and then look at the front to see if the stripes matched. I would adjust until the stripes matched. Then I sewed the pieces together.

Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps

It was a lot of matching, but I love the skater-ish look it created! I didn’t match the front pieces very well, but from far away it looks okay.

Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps
The back and sides look great though! And there are so many things you could do with the piecing!
Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps
I asked Henry to do some dances moves which he did until he got mad. I love that dancing picture!
Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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9 thoughts on “Stash-Busting: Using Striped Scraps

  1. Sweet dance moves. I think this would of worked with different sized strips as well. Looks great.

    Posted on May 11, 2013 at 3:07 am
  2. Love how the shirt turned out! Super cute!

    Posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:58 am
  3. Absolutely adorable! This would look so cute on my boys (but I will refrain from buying striped fabric for the tome being. 🙂

    Posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm
  4. This is such a cool looking shirt! I can never get rid of any of my scraps either, even the tiny ones go into the drawers for "later". I just wish I had some idea of when later actually is! 😀

    Posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm
  5. Cute! This shirt turned out really fun.

    Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm
  6. He is getting so big! Love the trendy shirt. Looks great!

    Posted on April 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  7. Cool shirt! I like how you used two different colored sets of stripes! Awesome!

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    Posted on April 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm
  8. what a cute cute top!!!! That last pic is priceless!!! And can I just say matching up stripes in knit is way harder than with wovens ;O)

    Posted on April 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  9. Those last two pictures, he looks just like Calvin.

    Posted on April 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm