20 Crafty Ways To Use Up Fabric Scraps

Posted on | November 8, 2008 | 2 Comments


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My grandmother always had a mountain of fabric scraps. Leftovers from sewing projects, hems cut off  pants, recycled out-of-style skirts, old pillowcases; everything was added to the pile. If you have your own fabric scraps, here are 20 crafty uses for your excessive of riches.

1. Patchwork quilts were first designed to use up small, leftover pieces of fabric.

2. Speckled Nest offers some very basic instructions for fabric collages.

3. Artistic Trading Cards or ATC’s are usually made of paper, but a few creative souls have started experimenting with fabric.

4. Sew a couple of two-handed potholders. Coordinate them with your kitchen decor.

5. For the most amazing fabric bookmarks, check out the how to’s over at How About Orange.

6. Just a small rectangle of fabric can make several tiny purses.

7. Bibs always make popular gifts for new parents. Use patterned cotton or embellish solid colored cotton with fabric appliques.

8. Instructables has a gorgeous flower pin project that’s just perfect for scraps.

9. 1/2 yard of stretchy fabric can be made into a  beret.

10. Another good patchwork project is a table runner.

11 & 12. Make scrunchies or  headbands.

13. Pincushions make lovely holidays gifts for the seamstresses on your list.

14. I’m just crazy about this coaster pattern from allsorts.

15. Scraps of fabric can add a lot of interest to homemade greeting cards.

16. Martha Stewart has an adorable pattern for felt slippers. The pattern can be adjusted for different sized feet.

17. Patchwork isn’t just for home decor. Cut Out + Keep has a directions for a great looking skirt.

18. Wear glasses? How about sewing a Quilted Eyeglass Case?

19. Try your hand at an quilted pillow. You won’t need more than a couple of inches of any one fabric scrap.

20. All the DIY projects from Design Sponge are always awesome. Their oven mitt project is no exception.

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2 Responses to “20 Crafty Ways To Use Up Fabric Scraps”

  1. Jo Beaufoix
    November 12th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

    These are great, I’ll be trying some. Thanks for taking part in the Carnicval of Trash. :D

  2. Almost Mrs Average
    November 13th, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

    Great post and I just love those slippers. Bet mine wouldn’t look like that though :-D

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