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Are you using your patterns to their fullest potential? Our garment patterns include a range of sizes and variations so you can personalize your project, plus some of our toys feature instructions for both stuffed and yo-yo versions. But with a little creative reimagining, you can optimize your patterns even more. Rule 1: Experiment with fabric. Try velveteen or silk in place of cotton where appropriate for a completely different look. Some of our patterns include versions made with recycled materials, such as menswear in our Cinched Patchwork Satchel (IJ909) and Classic Vest (IJ868) or denim in our Ideal Duffle (IJ900). Rule 2: Switch your stuffing. To get more from a pincushion pattern, pack with catnip to make a stylish kitty toy or potpourri to create a sweet-smelling sachet. Rule 3: Forget the fabric. Substitute decorative paper in our applique or patchwork designs to create one-of-a-kind cards, like this darling greeting based on a pattern in our book Scrapworks. Rule 4: Break the rules. Our designer Dian Stanley dreamt up a clever new application for the felt ornaments featured in our book Merry & Bright by Marilyn Gash. These tree trimmers spruced up a readymade jacket when used as festive appliqué. How do you make the most of your patterns?