When working on embroidery pieces- you usually need your fabric base to be larger than the finished item to be able to tension the fabric well. This however means that at the end of the project, there is a fair amount of wastage where the fabric left over is very irregular in shape and difficult to reuse. To combat this we suggest keeping your scraps to turn into cabbage which can be used as a stuffing material instead of it ending up in the bin. Follow through the link to see the full video on how to make and use your cabbage.
Projects such as the A Stitch a Day Easter Egg are perfect for this as the offcuts they make can be immediately turned into the stuffing to make it into a bauble. The key here is to make sure that all the fabric is cut up into very small pieces to allow it to become a smooth filler without lumps or bumps. You can also keep your thread scraps for the same purpose if you are looking for ways to make your hobby less wasteful.