I hate throwing things away, as I’m sure I can upcycle or repurpose them for another project. This is especially true for fabric scraps leftover from other projects. I thought it was time I found some things to make with the fabric scraps in my ever-growing stash.
I have talked about upcycling fabrics before, but this time I’m talking about using the smallest of scraps that are leftover. It’s amazing what you can make from what others would consider rubbish. Many of the scrap fabric ideas listed below would also make great handmade gifts.
There is a good mixture of sewing and non-sewing scrap fabric crafts to choose from. Many of them are very easy to make, even when they involve getting out the sewing machine.
And of course, they are all very affordable, as you are just using up the fabric scraps you already have in your stash. Most of the other materials you might require will be part of your craft essentials and nothing fancy.
What Scraps To Use
Trimings and leftover fabric pieces from other sewing projects. Even the smallest of scraps can be patchworked together to make larger pieces.
Old clothes, if I have an old shirt that has seen better days. If it’s in a particular pattern that I love, I will cut up the good bits of fabric into scraps to use.
Fabric samples and swatches. I keep all the fabric swatches I get for free from furniture and interior stores. These are a good way to get free small fabric samples to use for projects.
Do you have a pile of fabric scraps leftover from other craft projects or a pile of fabric sample swatches?
This is a list of over 60 wonderful ideas for the scraps. Either make them for yourself or give them as gifts. From practical and useful, to fun, decorative and frivolous, there is a range of fabric crafts to inspire everyone.
These fabric DIY feathers are made in a very similar way to my very popular denim feathers. They are made with scraps of tartan and plaid fabrics which gives them lovely patterns and colours. I warn you this is an addictive feather craft, soon you'll be wanting to make feathers out of your old plaid shirts.
This is no ordinary DIY sunglasses case, it has a cool pocket feature. This sewn case is made from the front right pocket of a pair of jeans. So not only is it a sunglasses case but there is also room for your phone and cards.
This is a really easy way to make fabric bowls without sewing. The method is very similar to Paper Mache but with denim or other fabric scraps rather than paper. The fabric bowls are hard and sturdy and can be used as fruit bowls or even bread baskets on the table.
These little no-sew fabric flowers can be used in all sorts of ways. They are perfect for embellishing small projects and make an excellent gift topper. I used fabric flowers as magnets for a DIY Magnet Board.
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Tuesday 12th of October 2021
Those denim moths of yours are still one of my all-time favorite scrap fabric ideas. They're just so awesome., but I've pinned this wonderful collection of other ideas because if there's one thing we have a lot of in this house, it's fabric scraps :D
Wednesday 13th of October 2021
Thank you, it's amazing the fun things you can make from fabric scraps. The moths are also my sons favourite.