A Knit Scrap Buster- Top and Dress

Sometimes you need a good scrap buster. There are a ton of ways to use your small woven pieces, but I’m always stumped when it comes to knits. I have a bag of cuff and neckband fabric that is bursting at the seams- and sometimes there are those pieces that are bigger than cuff pile but to small to make a shirt front out of. I can’t be alone on this?

I recently tested a pattern that is a great use of those knit scraps, especially if you aren’t oppose to getting a little wild.

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Town Square Top/Dress

The Town Square Top and Dress is from Terra Treasures. The piecing allows for a great scrap bust. I didn’t have any outgrown t-shirts lying around, but you can check out the listing for lots of great examples to feature an old t-shirt on the front panel.

Town Square Top

By far the hardest most time consuming part of the pattern is the cutting. Because all those scrap busting pieces mean- a lot of pieces to cut. The good news there are lots of rectangles- and pattern pieces provided so you don’t have to measure your own.

Town Square Top

The actually sewing of the garment went WAY faster than I had anticipated. I was really pleasantly surprised. My stack of pieces turned into a top much faster than I had cut them.

She loves this top- downside this is the scrap heart fabric from her Racerback dress. As it turns out the shrinking there was not a fluke. This heart fabric shrinks like nothing I have ever owned. It’s from Jo-ann’s if you have it in your stash seriously beware. It shrinks every time it is washed. The racer dress that started out a knee length dress no longer covers her bum. This top will need some reworking to compensate for the shrink. GRRRRR

Town Square DressThere is a dress version too! the dress has a dropped waist and double ruffle skirt. She’s a cowboy! This dress is pretty long which works out nicely for my tall kiddo.

town square dress Do you have any great ways to destash knits? I would love to hear them!

Happy Sewing,


Pattern: Town Square Top/Dress

Fabric: The STASH


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  • Amy mayen August 8, 2014, 8:55 am

    Oh jeez; I love the double ruffled skirt! So cute. I’d love to see this dress made from big brothers football jersey later…how long until O can play football?!! Just saying, he’s built for it:) love this pattern, once again you’ve sold me 🙂
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  • Pam @Threading My Way August 8, 2014, 10:00 am

    That little top is SO sweet!!!
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  • seamsoddlouise August 8, 2014, 12:25 pm

    These are lovely, shame about the shrinking fabric! That sucks. The dress is fab, I want one.
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  • Cindy August 9, 2014, 6:33 am

    Ack! I love the little top…it’s so cute!

    I’ve started washing all my light colored knits in hot water and drying them on hot at least 2 times before sewing after having some shrinking issues. Then with the finished garment I’ll wash on luke warm and if it’s a fabric prone to shrinking, air dry it. It helps but there are still some fabrics that seem like they shrink no matter what you do!
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  • Lightning McStitch August 9, 2014, 11:41 am

    Super cute. I love that little top. With the Flip this Pattern having just been the croquet dress, I’d been thinking about making that out of all different knit scraps. Had I done it, it wouldn’t have been too dissimilar to this pattern.
    Very tempted to add this pattern to the stash.

  • CraftyHourMom August 10, 2014, 9:07 am

    Colour-blocking is great for smaller pieces too !

  • fenna August 10, 2014, 5:39 pm

    eep you may just have sold me on that pattern….love what you did with it!
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  • Ajaire August 12, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I’ve been eyeing that dress and really love the top. I have a bunch of the heart fabric and made some underwear for my girl out of it. It’s held up so well to numerous washings.
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  • Fabi August 12, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Very cute! I like your fabric choices too!

  • Daniela August 13, 2014, 8:42 am

    I love the top and how you have combine those fabrics. Beautiful!
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  • Max August 17, 2014, 5:48 am

    I really love these dresses! I love scrappy love!
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  • Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty August 18, 2014, 8:09 pm

    The dress and top are very adorable!
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