I have to admit, that the first time I received Spoonflower fabric, I was surprised at the amount of white fabric on all four edges. Somehow or another, I felt I'd been gipped - totally forgetting that I'd been able to order custom designed fabric (not mine) in a very small print run. The disappointment only lasted a minute or two.
The excess fabric was all to do with the fact that it was digitally printed, using large inkjet printers. Just as with a home inkjet printer, the fabric printers create a border around the fabric.
Whatever the reasons it was there, I had to find a use for all that white fabric. No way was I going to throw it out!!! And so I started collecting the offcuts, knowing that one day I would find ways to use it.
And I have...
Cut to the right width, it makes a great substitute for ribbon. In the photo above, the ribbon was wrapped around a pillowcase. Next to no wastage there, as the ribbon can be re-used.
If you receive presents from me in real life, chances are that you have seen my Spoonflower ribbon.
Used as a drawstring bag cord, the Spoonflower offcuts are functional, but not pretty. From memory, the strips were about 1" wide, with the edges zigzagged. I think if the stitching had been done in white, the overall effect would have been better.
Nevertheless, I know I can improve on this method, and I have plans to do so in the near future. I am about to embark on a large project which will require a lot of cord - experimenting time ahead.
Inside each of the 30 library bags made recently was a name tag. I could have used tape, as in the tutorial, but small pieces of Spoonflower offcuts, turned under at the edges, did the job just as well - and they were much cheaper.
That's the three ways I've thought of to utilise my Spoonflower border fabric. Let me know your suggestions - either things you've done, or thought of doing. I still have a lot left.
Edited to add - check out Daryl's long list of great suggestions in the comments below.