We have been talking about it for many months, how to reduce waste is a question that is often asked also when sewing. That's why, I will give you some ideas to recover, retrieve or reuse your materials when sewing.
We often find ourselves with a pile of printed paper on one side only weather at home or in the office. So why not use the other side to print our patterns? These sheets will now be reused and saved from the trash.
Is it really necessary to print the instructions of the pattern? Indeed, today with tablets and phones it is easy to read the steps of the instructions on the screen.
The tape roll decreases quickly by assembling the pages of a PDF sewing pattern. It is therefore not necessary to tape the entire length of the page, put it only to assemble the actual pieces of the pattern.
Sewing patterns can be used as many times as you want. A piece of clothing made of navy-blue velvet can be redone in white denim, giving you a totally different garment and style. In addition, a pattern can be used as a base to modify and create a hack of the same garment. It is wise to keep your sewing patterns.
We often get carried away by the pretty fabrics and constant news that we see every day. In order not to leave a stack of fabrics in your cupboards for months or even years, it is more interesting to buy a fabric for a specific project.
The footage is always indicated for each model. Depending on the brands, it can be more or less accurate. In addition, there are several different fabric widths and it would be difficult to show a cutting plan for each in all sizes.
For Opian, the planned footage is grouped into several groups of two or three sizes. All pieces are placed in the same direction with the arrow going down. It is a habit taken at school to have the fabric in the same direction for all the pieces without difference of shade or sense. It is calculated as close as possible without running the risk of missing any fabric.
Therefore, it may be wise to recalculate the footage needed for your project yourself, taking into account the width of the fabric before you buy it. Do not forget some important elements that can change the consumption of fabric, such as prints or sense. On the other hand, does the garment contain any facings that could be cut into fabric scraps?
By cutting the pieces needed to make a garment there are always too many fabric scraps. These pieces are of different sizes and can be used to make accessories, children's clothing or even for dogs. There are many options, such as a makeup bag, a keychain, a cushion or a napkin.
You may already know our Zero Waste Pattern Pack. It was released on the occasion of the Fashion Revolution Week 2019. It is a collection of 6 sewing patterns that includes the Claridenhorn periodic pads, the Tambohorn bike saddle cover, the Saashorn pet bed, the Glaserhorn overlocker tray, the Gelbhorn decorative cutlery pouch and the Leckihorn flower hat. This pattern pack is available for free in the shop.
In addition, you can also put on hold the micro scraps to fill a cushion or even a pouf.
Feel free to give your ideas for the zero-waste sewing in the comments.