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Pattern favourites: 30+ stash busting patterns

Be inspired by our stash busting patterns perfect for scraps or smaller pieces of fabric. Use up every last piece of fabric with these designs for less wastage. There are 20+ garment patterns to try and a host of home projects, toys and bags that you can also take a look at.

Why is sustainable sewing important?

Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. The day marks the start of the environmental movement in 1970, and for the past 51 years has resulted in policy change and a greater awareness of the environment. For sewing enthusiasts this means taking a look at our consumption and seeing how we can make the most out of every pattern and fabric we purchase. And perhaps sew items for the home that replace single use products and plastics.

Learn more about how to sew sustainably with our tips and techniques.

With projects for dresses, skirts and tops, you’ll find something inspiring to make. We love the relaxed vibes of Simplicity 9615, a pieced dress, perfect for cotton or linen scraps. Make in prints or plains… or a mixture of the two!

Or how about McCall’s 8098? These patchwork trousers are great for floaty fabric pieces. Use up random shaped scraps and experiment with mixing prints for a dramatic look.

Looking for something a little bit more abstract? The layout of scrap patches on Butterick 6877 creates an effort similar to famous artist Mondrian. Keep it monochrome like we have, or play with a rainbow of colour!

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