It seemed like a waste to me, not just in money but in craft potential. I figured there had to be something she could do with that fabric, rather than letting it sit or giving it away. So, I was looking around and I found the book, One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, on Amazon.com. It's full of different sewing and craft projects that are designed specifically to use one yard of fabric or less.
What impressed me about the book is the versatility of the projects and the time they spend explaining basic techniques for those new to sewing—like my wife. Along with patterns and pictures, there are also explanations of various, useful stitches and techniques that make it easy for newbies to get their bearings and really enjoy the book.
The projects run the gamut from clothing to pet beds and toys to handbags. When my wife received the book in the mail she went nuts. She's used a couple of the apron patterns and lined the backs of the kids' toy room shelves. It was definitely worth the $9.99 I invested and she's making good use of the fabric she's collected.