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  • What to do with fabric remnants after cutting bandannas?

    I had a client late for an appt this morning so I decided to start cutting the loads of fabric I bought a few weeks ago. I always end up with a big strip of cloth at the end of the roll, too small to make a bandanna out of, but too big to just throw out. (Does that sound like a hoarder???!!) LOL!!

    Just thought I'd ask other groomers here who buy fabric and cut bandannas if they do anything productive or creative with whats left. I've thought of sewing little bowties, but I gotta face it, I'll never get around to putting the work into that.

    Any ideas that are fun and easy???? Or should I just purge myself of the scrap fabric like a good little hoarder.

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    Post edited because I like the way Particentral said it best.
    Last edited by Smart-n-Pretty; 03-30-10, 08:48 AM.
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    • #3
      Buy in increments that make a square, so for 45 inch fabric its 1.25 yards, 2.5 yards, etc.....and I use any strips left over to make collar covers. 2 inch wide strip sewed together, turned right side out.
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      • #4
        Years ago when I used bows. I would cut it into thin strips and make cute fabric bows.

        I order my fabric in 1.25 yd lengths and end up with a small strip left over. I just cut a few narrow small puppy bandanas out of that leftover now.

        You could always save bags of your leftovers for people who sew to use for pillow or dog toy stuffing.

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        • #5
          Makes sense! and I like the collar cover idea. Thank you!

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          • #6
            i use it to make rag ribbon bows, or bow ties or little bandanas for dog statues

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            • #7
              I made a really cute skirt once by sewing long scraps like that together to make a new large piece. Maybe you could do that for bandannas? You could always take up quilting too.

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              • #8
                I buy fabric in 1.5 yard sections and cut pieces off in (close to) squares...I think I get 3 "sorta squares" per piece. I just run my scissors from one corner to another making triangles and make them smaller and smaller until I have the sizes I want. That way, I don't have any leftovers.

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                • #9
                  Bows! I also will sometimes make a little bowtie for the boys. Doesn't take much trouble, no sewing involved!
                  Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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                  • #10
                    Make tooth brush rag rugs!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Briarpatch View Post
                      I buy fabric in 1.5 yard sections and cut pieces off in (close to) squares...I think I get 3 "sorta squares" per piece. I just run my scissors from one corner to another making triangles and make them smaller and smaller until I have the sizes I want. That way, I don't have any leftovers.
                      Well, if you buy 1.25 yards you will get 4 SQUARE pieces...with no leftovers. For 60 inch wide fabric you have to buy 60 inches, or 1 and 2/3 yards. PLUS it will save you a little bit of money not buying that extra .25 yard
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                      • #12
                        Oh lets see... i make ties for dogs, bow ties, collar covers and then for the cats i make cat nip pillows. then i take and make braided rags for the dogs to play tug with, and braded rugs for the cats to sleep on. Darn there is a couple of other things, but i just cant think of them. I have gotten good at cutting the bandanas, and i am running short on scraps....

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                        • #13
                          I use mine to make corresponding neckties, bowties, (for the boys) and bows for the girls.
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                          • #14
                            I buy 1 yard and 7 inches. That generally gives me [B]exactly[/B] what I need without the leftover. I hated having to deal with that couple inches of fabric too.
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