Thank you to Stash Builder Box for providing the supplies for this post.
1. Bias tape. Making pretty, special bias tape to finish your hems and enclose your seams is a wonderful way to use that fabric that you just can't leave on the shelf. All you need is a bias tape maker, a little tool which you can pick up cheaply on amazon or at JoAnn, and a tutorial on how to use it! This works well with small-scale prints, but also looks cool and abstract in a large floral, for example.
2. Pajamas. Although you probably can't squeeze a whole pajama set out of fat quarters without some creative piecing, the Stash Builder Box contains three full-yard cuts in coordinating prints, which was enough for me to make an Ogden Cami and a pair of Carolyn pajama shorts with a little bias trim! Mine contained three fabrics from Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer collection for Art Gallery Fabrics which (obviously) go together perfectly, and anyone who's ever touched AGF's cotton knows it is soft, not stiff at all, and perfect for fun and comfortable pjs! It's a little bit cold to be wearing tank tops to sleep but I think Ogden and Carolyn will be my go-to summer pj set.
3. A full, gathered skirt. This will always look great in a quilting cotton. (I used a quilting cotton from Sarah Jane's Sommer Collection for Michael Miller in my class on how to make a gathered skirt.) If you can find a border print, you're really in luck!
4. Children's clothing. I'm not much of a childrenswear sewer, but if you love quilting cotton, have some little ones in your life and do. not. quilt. some selfless sewing could be your answer! There are a lot of prints that are absolutely adorable and I know I won't wear them since (in my opinion) they're too childish for adult clothes--I'm always tempted to buy them just to have them. I obviously need to befriend some small children.
5. Whatever you want! Although I wouldn't recommend going after a bias cut 30s dress in this quilting cotton, I often make wearable muslins of my 60s dresses in printed quilting cotton, and guess what? They're called wearable for a reason. They look really cute, with a huge array of pretty patterns and prints suitable for day dresses. Some people swear off quilting cottons entirely as apparel sewers, but you really can make a lot of stuff using this oft-maligned weight... so go for it!
Do you use quilting cotton, or just stare longingly at them in all their variety? Would you consider a subscription to something like the Stash Builder Box as a non-quilter? How cute is the pencil--a new crafty phrase each month!
ps: the bias tape (#1) is extra cute as piping on your (#2) pajamas! :)
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