I've been playing with scraps today, and pulled out some co-ordinating lace trimmings, and made some cosmetic bags using a pattern by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. This pattern is called "Anna's Sminkepung" and I have adapted it to suit whatever size scraps I have laying around. I like adding trimmings too, lace and ribbon and sometimes vintage buttons. Even scraps of fabric were used to bind the seams - I really didn't waste any fabric at all...
...and here is one of the completed bags. I kept this one quite simple, using 2 different fabrics for the bag, and used the same fabric to bind the zipper that I'd used for the lining, and a narrow lace trim. My eldest daughter (she doesn't sew!) asked if she could have a bag like this when she saw the pile of scraps I was working with - and she's already got 3 in different colours!! Oh well, there's no peace for a sewing-mummy!!
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.