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Things to make with sewing cabbage

 
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Cabbage in the sewing world, are the leftover bits of cloth from making projects.  

I seem to be collecting a lot of cabbage these days so I thought it would be fun to start a thread all about things we can make with sewing cabbage.



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The most common thing I've used scraps for was making rag rugs.

It's important to notice in the video, that all the scraps had similar colour values. It can be a challenge to get lots of scraps that all have something in their tone that makes them complement each other.
 
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Jay Angler wrote:It's important to notice in the video, that all the scraps had similar colour values. It can be a challenge to get lots of scraps that all have something in their tone that makes them complement each other.



YES!!!

I noticed that.  They were different colours but they all matched beautifully.  I wish I had the eye to be able to choose that.  
 
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Made my hussif out of 'cabbage' too.
It's even 'fabric harvested from old clothes' (I got a BB for that). A skirt and blouse of thin cotton with prints and a part of a dress (the other part will become a skirt) of linen.

See it in the 'hussif thread':
https://permies.com/t/145109/sewing/fiber-arts/Building-hussif-housewife#1161873
 
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We used to use those little scraps for potholders and placemats. Also great for refreshing worn out potholders.
 
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Seems like they might be good for making doll clothes.

Or maybe some of those cloth books for babies. Those baby books have lots of different textures and colors for baby to explore. Or what they call a tag blanket that's got tags of fabric around the edge for baby to chew on.

 
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I look at those and think 'fancy extra stylish pocketses on All The Things!'
 
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my cabbage is outgrowing its container.   Need more project ideas.
 
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Maybe https://rhondadort.com/2019/01/09/the-humble-tomato-pin-cushion/

 
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or
https://process.fs.grailed.com/AJdAgnqCST4iPtnUxiGtTz/cache=expiry:max/rotate=deg:exif/resize=width:1200,fit:crop/output=quality:70/compress/i7Fp96pTQgCHwcii3ii3


If you used your "made to fit R ranson" button long-sleeve shirt pattern, but cut your cabbage to fit creatively with in it's borders, you could do this concept as a very wearable shirt. If I was doing this, I think I'd either sew the "crazy quilt" patches to a light cotton backing that would be an inner layer, or I'd cut 2 pieces of each bit and sew things more as strips so I could easily sew matching inner and outer layers attached together. (Hard to explain in words - you don't want a ton of little seams uncovered on the inside of your shirt or it might feel weird and fray too easily, so you somehow have to choose a way that the seams are all hidden and flat  - does that make sense people?)
 
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Scrap binding.
 
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K Kaba wrote:Scrap binding.



Please tell us more.
 
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Some pockets projects
 
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Scrap binding, like here:  
https://thesewingloftblog.com/create-scrap-binding/

It's good for exposed edges. You can buy the stuff in (monocolor) rolls, but when you've got pretty scraps lying around it can add a lot of pretty to something you're working on.
 
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I used some scraps to make small stuffed toys for my animals for Christmas.  The dogs got balls and the cats got mice.  I've also been thinking about making small stuffed toys shaped like food for my cousin's twins (they turn three next month), but I haven't started on that yet.
 
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Kanzashi flowers can be as simple or ornate as you want to make them.  I made some simple ones years ago and it was fun.



(the person in the video uses glue, but I learned to do them by hand-sewing; I would probably make a royal mess trying to glue them)
 
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Ooh I think I will move a wood mallet to my sewing gear, that looks like a useful option between hand flattening and firing up an iron.
 
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K Kaba wrote:Ooh I think I will move a wood mallet to my sewing gear, that looks like a useful option between hand flattening and firing up an iron.



That was so cool!  What a great idea.  
And they also have an iron, but they liked their mallet better.  Neat.
 
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My thoughts on the video here: https://permies.com/t/148706/sewing/fiber-arts/sewing-cabbage#1258851

1. Yes - great use of a mallet, but I suspect it would dent many surfaces if you weren't careful. Been there, done that, no time to refinish it. If you already have one of the "self-healing" cutting mats, I'd put that on top of the table and try it. Or simply a wooden cutting board on top of your table as a "sacrificial surface".

2. I really liked how she seamlessly (bad pun, couldn't resist) switched from machine sewing to hand sewing where appropriate. Too many people get focused on one or the other and there are good reasons to practice and become comfortable with both. But just watching, people may not realize that the edge stitching above the "label" was to keep the lining from separating from the outer bag, not just to look pretty.

3. I equally liked how she did edge stitching on everything - I've had so many bags and things which were a pain to fix when a seam split. They are way easier to reinforce during the building stage.

4. I don't know why so many toiletry bags have those silly little holes near the zipper in an otherwise hole-free bag. Great way to loose small slippery things like an eye-liner pencil. Mind you, my toiletry bags tended to go places a bit odd... like canoe trips to the Nahanni River and I sure didn't take eye-liner!

This is a fun yet practical project to teach quite a few sewing skills. The fact that it can be done with scraps is a bonus.
 
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https://elbetextiles.com.au/blogs/news/patchwork-clothing

 
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Another dress.

 
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I like the way the second dress is made, but would it work for someone who is well endowed if I put darts in the bodice?  
 
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r ranson wrote:I like the way the second dress is made, but would it work for someone who is well endowed if I put darts in the bodice?  


If you are a good patchwork-maker, you probably can hide the darts in the seams between the patches.
 
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r ranson wrote:I like the way the second dress is made, but would it work for someone who is well endowed if I put darts in the bodice?  

What if you replaced the bodice part with the front panels of your button shirt you sewed, that you've already altered to fit you?
I haven't had time to watch the video, but does it have a zipper up the back or is it loose enough for the person to put over her head?
 
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I think using darts would be fine, without trying to hide them. I've often seen dresses sold in the stores made from printed fabric pretending to be patchwork also using darts. Though I would probably use your shirt pattern as Jay suggested.
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