Have you noticed that no matter how efficient you are with your fabric cutting skills for a quilting project, you still end up with scraps of fabric in varying sizes?
If you’re like me, you have at least one storage tote full of fabric scraps that you’ve been collecting over the years.
We will go over what to do with scrap fabric in this post, and I’m super excited to show you some fun, unique crafts with fabric scraps.
How Do You Use Fabric Scraps?
We’ve all seen the gorgeous patchwork scrap quilts where a quilter has taken scraps and cut them into tiny little pieces to create an incredible quilt.
You can certainly do that with your scraps, and I encourage you to do so at some point. They’re extremely fun and adorable quilts.
Today, however, I want us to think outside the box and venture into other crafty areas to see what can be possible with a little imagination and some scrap fabric.
Here are a few general areas that could use excess fabric scraps.
- Home Decor Items
- Dog Bed or Toys
- Denim Patchwork
- Quilts and Other Quilted Items
- Zipper Pouches
- Rag Rugs
What to Do with Tiny Fabric Scraps: 11 Fabric Scrap Projects to Try
Now that we have the basic concept of a few projects that you can try using scraps, let’s check out some fabric scrap ideas and gather some inspiration.
Depending on your style, you can tweak many of these ideas to use more or fewer fabric scraps.
How fun is this twine? It’s a fantastic way to upcycle fabric scraps. By turning scraps using fabric strips, you give the fabric a completely different life. You can use this twine to wrap gifts, decorations or even create a crochet rug.
I don’t know about you, but I think we should use pumpkins for decor all year round. Check out these adorable little pumpkins from Aubree’s Originals. You only need a few supplies to create these pretty decorations and make perfect gifts for your friends and family.
3. Fabric Birds
Speaking of adorable, look at these chubby little birds! If you have some pretty tiny scraps, this would be an excellent use for those pieces. The best part? The designer has offered this pattern for free.
You can mix and match colors and patterns to create gorgeous little decorations. Imagine adding a string and making ornaments for your Christmas tree. Cute!
4. DIY Key Fob
Who doesn’t need a key fob for all their keys these days? With this tutorial, you can create a bunch of these for your family and friends with scraps you already have. In this tutorial, the designer gives clear, understandable step-by-step instructions for everything, including installing the key fob portion of the project.
Do you have teeny tiny scraps? Sew several together to make a fun patchwork style key fob.
Coasters are another one of those items that everyone needs in their life, so why not make one-of-a-kind coasters from fabric scraps? You can make these coasters from a wide variety of different fabrics, including flannel, home decor fabric, quilting cotton, or denim.
Do you like to dabble in garment making but dislike having to pin your pattern to the fabric to cut it? Pattern weights can be pretty expensive if you look in stores, but why not make your own? This easy-to-follow tutorial will show you how to make these petite rice-filled weights for your next sewing project.
Have you ever had a fabric that had gorgeous selvage that you didn’t want to part with? This project is a perfect use for that beautiful scrap. This free tutorial will show you how to make DIY bookmarks from start to finish. You only need four supplies to make these giftable treasures.
We all have random cords lying around that look a bit unruly and messy. With this simple tutorial, you can create your own cord keepers that will help you declutter your fabric stash and your electronics. You could use velcro or plastic snaps for the closure portion of the project.
You could use this tutorial for a wide variety of decoration needs, from Christmas tree garland to birthday party streamers. These cute, quick-to-make fabric tassels give your space a shabby chic vibe without having to spend a lot of time on them. I love how the designer mixed in different fabric widths and ribbons to create their tassels.
When I first discovered this tutorial, I was SO intrigued. The designer walks you through step-by-step to make a cardboard loom and then shows you how to weave thin fabric strips into a beautiful, unique piece of wall art. I definitely want to try this one.
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This post was extremely fun for me, and I hope you loved it as much as I did! We spend so much on fabric, so we want to get the most we can get out of it, right? With these 11 simple projects, you should be able to use up some of your fabric scraps in no time. I know I can’t wait to get started on a few of them.