Sewing with scraps is like a way to connect with our sewing ancestors, who would reuse old garments to turn them into new things in an effort to waste not, want not. These days, it’s rarely less expensive to sew something yourself than it is to buy it in a store, but there are ways to economize your sewing – and saving your scraps to use in future projects is at the top of that list. There is such a thing as a piece of fabric that’s too small to be scrap-worthy, too. So ask yourself this: Can I physically sew this piece of fabric to another one? Is it large enough for me to maneuver it in my sewing machine without sewing through my own fingers? If the answer is that the fabric is too small for you to sew, then it’s probably time to retire that one to the trash.