Shambavis Spectrum

Save Scrap & Sew

Two ladies on sweing machines working
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The story

Save Scrap & Sew collects scrap from tailors to create utility items, like sheets, bags and pillows. Our buddies, pitch in to sort, cut, iron & sew. When we find a worthy cause, we gift the items made by us. The idea is to give without delay or hoarding, and to anyone who is in need. Our Mantra is:

‘Efficiency is more Important than Perfection.’


My why?

Sewing is my hobby, and often I would spend time, sewing quilts, cushions and other daily use articles for my near and dear ones. I get a lot of satisfaction in gifting something which I have made with my own hands, and most importantly it is made with love.

With Save Scrap and Sew, I could spread this feeling to other people and now the whole team shares the satisfaction of giving, while also contributing to the environment  

Dr. Shambavi Rajagopal

Dr. Shambavi Rajagopal


It started with 2 bags of scrap and couple of volunteers in September 2015.

Bags, sheets and few pillows .

The scraps are very small and creating garments is time consuming and needs higher skills. One also need buttons, elastic etc. which adds to the cost.

Now your time and labor is most important. Maybe few threads too, if you stitch or sew You will need a good pair of scissors, ruler and marker.

Your time and labor is purely your own choice there is no compulsion. We normally do once a week two hours.

We give them to charity ,orphan homes and underprivileged people.

There is no set method. Anyone can suggest a suitable entity and we follow up and gift.

The idea of taking free fabric from tailors and selling even for charitable purposes borders on ethical grounds.

Sign up and mention your interest and sewing skills and Shambavi will contact you. Incase you don’t know sewing but would like to learn Shambavi will teach you to sew a straight line.

If you can read this you can participate.

No, use your personal scraps to make something for yourself and your family. Old cloth can be handed as it is for somebody needy, you know personally.

We don’t know where these are going. There should be dignity in receiving also. There cannot be quality control with old clothes so we stitch new.

Where to find me this week?