Sew Your Fabric Scraps

The Summer Scrap Elimination of 2023 has begun. Swan of is hosting another summer of patterns to reduce your scrap fabrics. Weekly guest designers have projects to share with you also.

For those of you saving fabric scraps from those beautiful quilt projects you’ve made, you may find “THE PATTERN” from one of the postings listed here:

I am a scrap saver. I have totes of scraps sorted by color. I have a tote with strips of fabrics and one with fun prints. I even made landscape quilts with confetti-sized pieces, but I no longer save scraps smaller than 2 1/2″ square.

Make the off-centered Diamond Table Topper

I made the table topper with 3 1/2″ blue and yellow fabric squares. I sewed them into Half Square Rectangles. Choose any two colors of scraps you want.


  • (24) 3-1/2″ squares of color A scraps
  • (24) 3-1/2″ squares of color B scraps
  • Thread, 6″ squaring ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, thread
  • Sew seams slightly narrower than 1/4″
  • pencil or chalk marker
Cut 3 1/2″ squares.

Process of making HST (half-square triangle) blocks:

  • Draw one diagonal line on the back of the lighter-colored squares so the line can be seen (or use a chalk marker).
  • Place one square of Color A and one square of Color B, right sides together.
Draw diagonal line between opposite corners, on back of lighter fabric. Layer color A and color B with right sides together. Sew a scant 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.
  • Sew a seamline slightly narrower than 1/4″ away from the drawn line. I feed each set of squares under the sewing needle at one time. Then I clip them apart and rotate the corners to sew on the other side of the drawn line.
Cut on drawn line.
  • Cut the sewn square on the drawn diagonal line.
  • Press the seam to one side.
Press the seam to one side.
  • Trim each of the HST sets to 3″ square.
Trim to 3″ square.


  • Lay the HST blocks out on a table or work surface 8 rows across and 6 rows down. Try to keep the same-colored half-square triangles away from each other in the design.
  • There are many ways the HST can be arranged. I’m showing only 3 possibilities below. Experiment and play around with layouts, and have fun.
Zig Zag
sea horses

Thank you for visiting Patchwork Breeze. I hope you have gained many ideas from each of the designers on how to use your scraps. Please, leave a comment telling how you use your scraps!

Next week the Picnic Party Blog Hop begins on July 17. Stop back to see what I’ve worked on for my project.


Nancy Myers
Nancy Myers
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