12 More Things To Make With Bolt Ends - Woven Edition

Mar 19 2022 0 Comments Tags: sustainability, sustainable sewing

I'm back with part 2 of ideas for those little gems you may have discovered in our 'Case of Fabric Joy'. Last time, I covered knit fabrics & this time, I'm looking at wovens.

I've split the categories down into different fabric types, as what you can do with a metre of wool will be different to what you might want to make with a viscose. I was inspired with what we currently have in there but obviously these will change over time so make sure that you bookmark them here to keep up to date with what we've got. I've used a mixture of free & patterns available in the shop this time.

Quilting cotton

This constitutes a big portion of the remnant bin, so I'll start with that. We currently have pieces ranging from 35 cm (Unicorn Kisses) up to 130cm (Reef Yarrow) & everything in between. These are all one offs that we're unlikely to stock again. These are great for lots of craft & home decor projects, bag & pouch making. I'll write a separate post for things to do with Fat quarters which will cover lots of smaller items such as that.


Up to 1 Metre

Quilting cotton really lends itself to kids clothes, especially little girls' skirts & dresses. The Peasant dress below is a free pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom & one I've made several times, (I've even got a YouTube tutorial for it here). It's a really easy sew as there aren't any fastenings, it's easily adjustable & you should be able to get up to age 3 years from less than a metre of fabric & with a bit of fabric wrangling & a non-directional print up to age 6 from around a metre.

The pattern is fairly boxy in shape with an elasticized neckline and sleeves to bring the dress in and give it shape. Because this style of dress is loose it can start as a dress, but as your little one grows, they can continue to wear it as a tunic or top. It's quite versatile too with different hem & sleeve options & you could make the sleeves in a contrast or co-ordinating fabric.

Over 1 Metre

These Faithwell storage bins from Sew Sweetness are a really useful thing to have in the sewing room, they come in 3 sizes & have a multitude of uses. I use the smaller one for scrap fabrics, the medium holds patterns that I'm currently working on & the larger one is great for knitting projects. This is a free pattern which has written instructions as well as a video tutorial. You can either line it in the same fabric, (in which case, you'll need more) plus some sort of firm interfacing & bosal if you want some structure to your finished project.


Up to a Metre

This little Jerkin from Sew Different just requires 0.6 metres of Wool for up to size 20 & is a free pattern. Recommended for a tweed or a boucle, (you could also use a  faux fur, corduroy or a coating fabric, such as a boiled wool). This would be a handy little layering piece to slip over a dress or a shirt or under a coat to keep your cockles warm! It's designed to be fully lined, so you'll need extra fabric for that to help it slide on easily & add extra warmth to keep you snug. 

The  Cool Crafting We Are Courage  is a similar sleeveless pull over tank but with a few extra details such as a stepped split hem & patch pockets & is also suitable for boiled wool, boucle or even a stable Ponte & can be made with between 75cm and 1.5mtrs of fabric. 

Over 1 Metre

This Extra Sharp Pencil Skirt by Liesl & Co is ideal for lots of medium weight woven fabrics & can be made with between 3/4 to 1 &1/4 yards for view A depending on the size. It offers something a bit different to an ordinary pencil skirt with the side panels & yoke details. It would be lovely in a wool but could also be made in denim or linen or try a bit of contrasting fabric on the side panels.

Denim & Corduroy

Up to 1 Metre

Denim & cord are both versatile & durable. There are lots of things that you could make with less than a metre, I've made the Costa tote a free pattern from Helen's Closet with both corduroy & denim & find it to be a really roomy bag with lots of pockets & an easy make, which is great for gifts.

I've also made my granddaughter a Waves & Wild Woodland Wanderer coat which would look great in a cord or a denim, I squeezed the age 2 out of around 3/4 of a metre. This is a really simple make & ideal if you're new to coat making, you'll need extra fabric to line it & a couple of toggles if prefer to avoid buttonholes. Full blog post for more details is here.
Up to 1 Metre
No pattern is required for this skirt from Melly Sews which is suitable for children & adults. It can be sewn in a linen or a lightweight denim, such as a chambray or even a quilting or dressmaking cotton. You just need to take your measurements & cut straight from the fabric & follow the instructions on the tutorial. It can be made in under a metre as long as the fabric is sufficiently wide enough to measure 1.5 times the waist measurement.
This is a really easy make with drawstrings sewn onto some elastic to fasten it. The buttons on the pockets aren't functional but the drawstring requires a buttonhole to be threaded through.
Over a Metre
Depending on the style & size & how long that you prefer them you could get a pair of shorts in just over a metre of fabric; linen, denim or cord would be ideal for this. We've currently got several denim remnants in an array of colours that would make these 'Walking Shorts'  from So Sew Easy. These are a bit more involved than some of the other makes, as they have a fly front but would be a great starting point if you want to start making trousers or jeans.

Viscose & Double Gauze

Up to a Metre

Cami tops are great for fabrics with a bit of drape such as viscose, double gauze or even a cotton voile, think of the ever popular Ogden cami for example. This little peplum top pattern, available free from Peppermint magazine is great for smaller pieces of fabric. The suggested fabric requirements for this is 1.2 metres but I've squeezed the size E out of a metre by making my own bias binding.


Dressmaking Cotton

Up to 1 metre

The Megan Nielsen Eucalypt is a versatile pattern with 4 views & surprisingly little fabric. Another relatively simple make as there are no closures such as buttons or zips. It has a relaxed fit with a scooped neckline & curved hemline.

Suitable for a multitude of fabrics, such as cotton, linen, crepe de chine, voile & chambray. The optional centre seam at the front would make for some interesting stripe play or colour blocking. The top version only requires 0.9 metres for all sizes with the dress requiring a little more at 1.1 metres.

Over 1 Metre

If you manage to score just over a metre of fabric you'll be able to make the top version of the Tilly & the Buttons Stevie Top. This can be made in almost any woven fabric, such as linen, double gauze, chambray as well as a cotton lawn & just requires 1.1 for the top & 1.4 metres for the dress for sizes 1 to 5. The back yoke is perfect for colour blocking if you don't have quite enough.

The Stevie is ideal for beginners as again there are no zips or buttonholes, just the lovely optional tie detail at the back, no darts & is loose fitting, so that you can concentrate on the sewing not the fitting! If you fancy learning how to sew this we have beginner sewing workshops, where you have an expert teacher to help you.

I hope that these 2 blog posts have given you some good ideas for sewing with bolt ends. If you haven't delved into our Case of Joy yet, then you can find it here and make sure you bookmark the page as new ones are added all the time!

Until Next time



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