I don't know about you but whenever I string piece I have leftover ends and odd pieces. Instead of tossing them or putting them in a box I will probably forget about, I keep a small box on my cutting table. As I cut I throw the scraps in.
Since I work fairly small, it doesn't take me too long to piece anything, so I usually still have some pieceing mojo left when my original project is done. That's when I get to have fun!
This time I was working with 2" wide strips and had quite a few end pieces. I decided to use pieced sections of three, so I took the pieced sections I had and added and subtracted other scraps until I had a stack of pieces that were three 2" strips wide and about 3" long. I then pieced those together and trimmed them to make squares.
Those were pieced together in 8 sections of two. I then added two 2" strips to the top of each section, then pieced the finished sections together to make two 4 square pieces and two 2 square pieces. Then I made another piece for the bottom, stitched it all together, added handles and lining and within a couple of hours I had a new bag.
It's a great way to use up scraps and quick because I did it all by machine and most of my pieces were already cut. If I save scraps from a few projects I can usually make a new totebag up every few months, they're great for gifts and also to use. I love this one because it's nice and bright, and the straps are fitted to me so it's not constantly sliding back.
I love color and this is a great way to try out different combinations without making a major investment in time and money. I discovered one of my favorite combinations of aqua and pink this way. It's also a great way to use up larger pieces of fabric that didn't work out or are no longer your taste...they make great linings!