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Easy Holiday Craft for Kids : Reuse Scrap Fabrics to Make Gift Pouches

Updated on October 1, 2017
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Chitrangada has great interest in art and crafts and loves to create useful things for home by reusing and repurposing various materials.

Silk gift pouch of different shapes, made with leftover silk fabric
Silk gift pouch of different shapes, made with leftover silk fabric | Source
Silk gift pouches made with scrap silk fabric/ cut pieces of silk fabric
Silk gift pouches made with scrap silk fabric/ cut pieces of silk fabric | Source
Gather the scrap fabric: Here it is old silk sari border, colored ribbon, matching threads
Gather the scrap fabric: Here it is old silk sari border, colored ribbon, matching threads | Source

Leftover Fabric From Sewing Can Be Reused And Repurposed

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  • Everyone has some creativity in them. And when it comes to creating something with scrap or already used materials, it gives me great satisfaction.
  • When we reuse and re purpose paper, fabric, plastic, metal boxes etc. we are not only saving our money but also doing our little bit for our environment.
  • I am fond of sewing and when cut pieces pile up, I use them in making small utility items.
  • It is so easy to make them and you have all the materials handy.
  • Cloth or fabric pouches are more durable and reusable as compared to paper pouches. They can be washed and cleaned as well.

Here is a tutorial to make gift pouches.

What You Will Need:


  • Left over cut pieces of fabric from your earlier sewing work.
  • I have used embroidered silk saree borders here. Those sarees were old and worn out but the borders looked bright.
  • You can use whatever fabric scrap you have
  • Some coloured ribbons
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching threads
  • A little of creativity and imagination

The Indian Tradition:


In many parts of India, whenever a married female guest comes to attend a wedding ceremony or some ceremony, there is a practice to give some rice, turmeric and cash in return.

This is considered very auspicious and is a must.

These pouches are most suitable for that as the amount of rice is very less, just right to fit in these pouches.

Later on these pouches can be used to keep other small articles.

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

― Osho

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The finished silk gift pouchCut fabric according to your preferenceSew on the reverse sideFold and sew upper edge such that you can insert the colored ribbonThe gift pouch
The finished silk gift pouch
The finished silk gift pouch | Source
Cut fabric according to your preference
Cut fabric according to your preference | Source
Sew on the reverse side
Sew on the reverse side | Source
Fold and sew upper edge such that you can insert the colored ribbon
Fold and sew upper edge such that you can insert the colored ribbon | Source
The gift pouch
The gift pouch | Source

Leftover Fabric Gift Pouch: Rectangle shape

  1. This pouch is 6 inches x 4 inches in size. You can make according to your preference/ available fabric/ what you are going to pack inside.
  2. This is ideal for jewelry such as earrings, rings, bracelet etc.
  3. Cut the the fabric and sew edges on your sewing machine. Remember to sew the reverse side first.
  4. Fold and sew the upper edge in such a way that you can insert a colored ribbon later.
  5. Finish by reversing the right side and finish the edges.
  6. Insert the ribbon.

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Square shaped silk gift pouchKeep a lining in between and sew on the reverse side firstSew ribbons on the inner side of both side the edges
Square shaped silk gift pouch
Square shaped silk gift pouch | Source
Keep a lining in between and sew on the reverse side first
Keep a lining in between and sew on the reverse side first | Source
Sew ribbons on the inner side of both side the edges
Sew ribbons on the inner side of both side the edges | Source

Leftover fabric square shaped gifting pouch

  • This pouch is suitable for gifting chocolates, crayons, other stationary materials for the children.
  • The ribbon is kept a little large so that they can carry it in their hands or shoulders.
  • Cut the fabric to size according to your preference. I have cut it 6 inches x 6 inches.
  • The colored ribbon is 12 inches long.
  • Sew the fabric as shown in the picture--reverse side first.
  • Sew the ribbons at the right and left edges neatly.
  • Reverse to turn on the right side.
  • You can sew along the edges on the right side now to enhance the look.
  • You can even use some contrast thread for that purpose.
  • The gift pouch is ready.

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The round shaped gift pouchCut the fabric round at the bottomFold and sew on the reverse side firstKeep the ribbon in between while sewing and fold it at some places to give a round shapeRound shaped Silk gift pouchThe round shaped silk gift pouch
The round shaped gift pouch
The round shaped gift pouch | Source
Cut the fabric round at the bottom
Cut the fabric round at the bottom | Source
Fold and sew on the reverse side first
Fold and sew on the reverse side first | Source
Keep the ribbon in between while sewing and fold it at some places to give a round shape
Keep the ribbon in between while sewing and fold it at some places to give a round shape | Source
Round shaped Silk gift pouch
Round shaped Silk gift pouch | Source
The round shaped silk gift pouch
The round shaped silk gift pouch | Source

Leftover fabric scrap to make gift pouch

  • This gift pouch is slightly round in shape at the bottom.
  • This is ideal for keeping coins etc.in your bigger purse, so that you can find them easily when needed.
  • This can also be used to keep small items, which can be lost easily.
  • Cut in round shape at the bottom.
  • Sew reverse side by placing the colored ribbon in center.
  • Fold at some places while sewing, as shown in the picture.
  • This will enable it give round shape to the pouch.
  • Fold and sew at the upper edge to insert the colored ribbon.
  • Finish neatly.

Do you like reusing leftover fabric?

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What else can you make with cut pieces of fabric?

There are many useful things you can make with leftover fabric or cut pieces of fabric.

  1. Cotton fabric can be used to make table mats, coasters, stuffed toys, cloth for toys such as dolls etc.
  2. You can also use them to sew towel hangers and bathroom rugs.
  3. By combining different cut pieces you can make foot mats, cushion covers etc.
  4. It involves a little labor and some creativity to create beautiful gift items.
  5. Silk or cotton fabric can also be used to make fabric flowers.

So go ahead, create some beautiful gift pouches with your creativity and imagination!

Handmade gifts are made with love and affection!

© Chitrangada Sharan 16th Dec. 2014

All Rights Reserved.

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Doors are for people with no imagination.”

― Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dolores Monet for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked this article and great to know that you have made purses with fabric scraps.

      Since I do lot of stitching at home, there is always some scrap available that can be repurposed into lovely gift items.

      Thanks for your feedback and thanks for the follow!

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      Dolores Monet 6 weeks ago from East Coast, United States

      I love your pretty gift pouches! In the past, I made purses from fabric scraps. I always have some extra material and should make some of these. But one must be careful - it is so easy to become a fabric hoarder!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks fabric heart for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Yes the fabric choices can be so many, especially if you are interested in sewing or stitching.

      I never throw cut pieces of fabric when I am stitching dresses etc.

      Appreciate your positive feedback!

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      fabric heart 6 months ago

      So crafty.I am sure the fabric exchange has so many choices of fabric for this kind of project.

      great job!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Dianna!

      So good to see you after a long time! I am glad you found these gift ideas useful. I enjoy reusing scrap fabric to make attractive gift items such as small pouches, clutch purses, stuffed toys, bags and other useful things.

      Thank you for reading and appreciating the hub.

      Wish you all the best and a very Happy New Year 2016.

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      Very nice idea for those important gifts to loved ones. You make it all so easy to follow. I can think of many uses for one around my home.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Sylvestermouse, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

      I am glad you liked the craft and like you mentioned I do use these small pouches for keeping many small things that includes buttons, coins etc.

      Thank you for your positive comments!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 23 months ago from United States

      What an awesome craft idea! I love the little pouches. Not only would they be great for kids, but they would be fabulous in a craft room for small items like buttons and safety pins too.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MarleneB, for appreciating this hub!

      Creating beautiful gift items or decoration pieces is my hobby. I usually don't throw away scrap fabric, colored ribbons from gift wraps, left over pieces of laces etc. They are useful in making stuffed toys as well for small babies. Reusing things also helps environment in many ways.

      Glad to learn this idea is helpful to you.

      Thank you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I am so happy I saw this hub. I have some fabric left over from a project that I did when my granddaughter was born. She's 3 years old now and I was wondering what to do with the leftover fabric. Making a bag from that fabric is a great idea. Excellent instructions for a project I am excited to start, thanks so much to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you pstraubie48, for reading and appreciating this hub!

      I love using leftover fabric for creative art projects.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      How cute they are. What a great way to use fabric that may be left over from another project. Voted up+++

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Thelma Alberts, for your kind visit and appreciation of this hub!

      I like sewing and knitting and creating something by reusing materials gives me a sense of satisfaction.

      Thank you so much and have a very good day!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Very creative! It´s been a long time I have not use my sewing machine. Selfmade gift pouch is a wonderful idea to make. I am planning to knit a smartphone pouch for myself as I was not able to buy a nice cover for it. Thanks for sharing your idea. Have a nice week!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you poetryman6969, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked this hub!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like the blue one. The tassels make things more festive.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you colorfulone, for reading and commenting on my 100th hub!

      Fabric pouches are easy to make and then are reusable too, which is good for our envirnment.

      Thanks for voting up and tweeting!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I like your helpful ideas for making fabric pouches. I have made hundreds of leather pouches, but haven't tried it with fabric, yet.

      Voted up and tweeted.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Phyllis Doyle, for visiting and commenting on my 100th hub!

      I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support through this journey.

      You are right that if you sew regularly, you will have plenty of scrap fabric. I keep on piling them up in a box and then reuse them for making toys, doll's clothes, bags, patchwork etc.

      Many thanks for your votes, share and support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks heidithorne, for stopping by and appreciating my 100th hub!

      I am glad you found this useful.

      Many thanks for your supportive comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Lady Lorelei, for reading and commenting on my 100th hub!

      I enjoy sewing and thus have lots of colorful fabric scrap as well. I always reuse those fabric pieces in making stuffed toys, dolls, pillow covers, bags etc. These are simple to sew.

      Glad you liked this. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks RTalloni, for stopping by and commenting on my 100th hub!

      Glad you liked this hub and I agree with your comment. Using cloth pouches or cloth bags are better than paper bags or plastic bags. They can be washed and can be reused, which is good for environment too.

      Many thanks for your support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Bobbi Purvis!

      Many thanks for reading and commenting on my 100th hub! It has been a pleasant journey from 1st to 100th, and it would not have been possible without the support of fellow hubbers like you.

      Glad you liked this hub and thanks for pinning and sharing on twitter.

      Wish you a very Happy And Prosperous New Year--2015!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you sallybea, for stopping by and commenting on my 100th hub! It has been a pleasing journey and I want to thank you for your kind words of encouragement and support.

      Glad to learn that you liked this hub about reusing scrap fabric.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Mary Hyatt, for visiting and commenting on my 100th hub!

      Glad to know that you liked this hub. May I take this opportunity to thank you for the constant support through this journey. Thanks for voting up and sharing this one!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Chitrangada. I do a lot of crafts / sewing so always have fabric scraps. Your tips for little pouches is very useful and a wonderful idea. Thanks for writing this hub.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Nice reuse of leftover materials! Voted up, useful and beautiful!

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I am a firm believer in recycling every thing that I can but unfortunately I have never been a great sewer. Your project looks quite easy though so I just may give the drawstring bag a try. It looks like it would be something I might be able to manage. Thank you.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Cloth gift bags are so practical and they make the recipient feel as if they've been given 2 gifts in one! :)

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      You love to sew and you are so talented at being frugal by reusing and making something new and useful out of it.

      I loved this hub and I will share it with Twitter and put in on my re-pin board.

      Have a great 2015.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Nice creative hub with some useful ideas for recycling left over fabric scraps. Thought I would like to stop by and congratulate you on your 100th Hub - very well done.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      This is such a creative way to use leftover fabric! You are very creative; thanks for writing this article. I have bookmarked it so I can return to it.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jackie Lynnley, for your kind visit and comments on my 100th hub!

      Glad you liked these ideas and thanks for your support!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a helpful article; I always have material scraps and I have never given this a thought and it would be so easy! Thank you for the ideas. Voted up and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for commenting on my 100th hub!

      I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your constant support through this journey.

      Glad you liked the idea of this hub!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are lovely, plus it gives me the chance to learn more about your culture. Thanks, once again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Eiddwen, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Incidentally, this is my 100th hub and I want to thank you for the support. I would be glad if this hub inspires you to restart your craft skills once again.

      Wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      I loved this hub but rarely have the time to make anything myself anymore. however this gem may inspire me to find the time once again. Voted up and shared. Great work and wishing you a wonderful New year.

      Eddy.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you vespawoolf, for reading and commenting on my 100th hub! When I wrote my first hub, I never imagined I would write my 100th hub. Its all because of the kind words of encouragement and support by hubbers like you.

      I am glad you liked the idea of reusing old scrap of fabric to make meaningful items. Thanks and a very happy new year to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you DeborahNeyens, for visiting and commenting on my 100th hub!

      I am glad you liked this hub. Wish you a very Happy New Year!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks suzzycue, for coming back!

      Happy 2015 to you!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great idea and a clever way to put old fabric scraps to good use. I love the little gift bags you made! How interesting that they´re an integral part of the culture in India. Thank you for sharing!

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Cute idea!

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan and right back atcha:)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Many thanks suzzycue, for your kind visit to my 100th hub!

      You have always been very supportive through this journey and I say this wholeheartedly. Appreciate your feedback!

      You are a wonderful person and a great hubber. Wish you a very happy, healthy and successful new year!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Peggy W, for your kind visit and comments! Many thanks for appreciating the Indian customs and also my 100th hub.

      It is the support of hubber friends such as you that I have reached this far.

      Wish you a very happy new year!

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is great instructions for tiny bags for your traditions. I love when you write your traditions into your hubs. I also agree things made by hand are carved with love. These bags are very beautiful. Happy New Year my friend and congratulations on writing 100 hubs. I am not there yet:)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I think that people really appreciate handmade gifts and what a wonderful way to repurpose items like those scraps of fabric, ribbon and the like. That is also interesting about the gifts of rice, tumeric and cash for certain ceremonies. Thanks for teaching us about that custom and also for the crafting ideas.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for commenting on my 100th hub!

      I am glad you liked these gift ideas. Many thanks for your continuous support.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      This is a great idea, easy to make and cute. Will be a great gift!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Journey*, for commenting on my 100th hub! It is because of the support of hubbers like you that I have reached this far.

      I am glad you liked the gift ideas in this hub. Many thanks for voting up and pinning.

      Appreciate you for stopping by!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 2 years ago from USA

      These are nice ideas and photos of some pretty fabrics. Congrats on achieving your 100th hub! Voted up & pinned.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for reading and commenting on my 100th hub!

      Glad you liked it. Thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, i would use all those left over fabric for making pouches and fridge holder

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you tobusiness, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you liked this hub and voted it up!

      My sincere thanks to you for congratulating me on my 100th hub. When I wrote my 1st hub, I never imagined I would write my 100th hub one day. All due to the continuous support of fellow hubbers like you.

      Thanks and have a great day!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Congratulations on scoring your first century on HP, a good milestone with many more to follow. I love this very creative idea of using up pieces of material, beautifully done, voting up and useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your visit and appreciation!

      Incidentally, this is my 100th hub and I sincerely want to thank you for your encouraging words and continuous support throughout this journey.

      Thanks for the votes!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful photos and very creative. Voted up and useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nell, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Incidentally this is my 100th hub and I want to sincerely thank you for your constant support through this journey.

      Glad you liked the hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you purl3agony, for commenting and appreciating my 100th hub!

      This one is special and I appreciate your stopping by.

      I am glad you liked it. It happens with Sarees that their border looks bright even if the Sarees becomes old and worn out.

      Thank you for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc!

      Incidentally this is my 100th hub and I want to sincerely thank you for your constant support and encouragement! Glad you liked this hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you word55, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Incidentally this is my 100th hub and I want to thank you for your constant support through this journey.

      Thanks!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Very clever ideas that we could all make, I used to love making these sort of things, makes me want to give it a go again! nice one!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Your "leftover" fabric is just gorgeous. I can see why you would want to use every last bit of it. Thanks for sharing these great sewing projects. These pretty bags can be used for so many things! Voted up and beautiful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever and cute ideas. Thank you. I'll share them with the crafty people in our family.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Very nice ideas here Ms C!