Even though I'm a purger, I still like to do things in a conservative or ecosmart way. When I started my side business I realized just how expensive it is to start anything up. In order to sell things you need to have things to sell. That seems simple enough. So, I had to buy supplies. The more I got to know the industry, the better I was able to understand the demand and what people are looking for. In handbags, people are usually looking for something extraordinary and that means, for me, using a lot of designer fabrics.
Designer fabrics are expensive. They are typically about $5 more per yard than fabric you would pick up at a local craft/fabric store. These fabrics are not carried at local fabric stores like JoAnn or Hancock Fabrics, you have to either order them online or go to a specialty quilt shop. The first time I used one of these designer fabrics, I was very careful. When I finished making whatever I was making I had scraps left over. I felt a pang that a purger rarely feels.
I couldn't just throw the little scraps away but what would I ever use them for? The same thing with thread. I go through a lot of it and a lot ends up getting cut off the end of a seam. At first I had to just resolve to throw it away and then I came up with an alternative, stuff it.
Now, when I sew, I keep a small bin next to my sewing machine and throw scraps into it. I can always dig through it and grab a scrap for a covered button etc. but if it doesn't get used in a timely manner, I take the scraps and put it in the middle of things I make for the kids. My example here is a little globe. I made one for both of the kids and while the outer, cushy stuff is fiberfill, the core of the globe is made up of scraps I used.
It's my way of saving some money and reducing what I put into the garbage. Yeah, I used the globe as an example because I'm a bit amused that the directions called for the hole for the stuffing to be located in Antarctica. Just in case that one flew by you, think ozone.