50 Creative Fabric Scraps Craft Ideas
What are you going to do with all the beautiful small pieces of fabric left after making a sewing project? You don’t want to toss the fabric—after all, it is new fabric and you love the texture, color, or print. If you aren’t a quilter, and have no desire to make a quilt, you are just adding to your fabric scraps. I know exactly how you feel. I also have these scraps of fabric, and although I admire quilts and quilters, I don’t feel I have the patience needed to make a quilt.
So, when I started searching for scrap fabric uses, I looked for quick, easy, and no-sew ideas. Also, the scrap fabric projects needed to include pictures and directions or tutorials to make the craft. In this article I’m sharing with you the ideas I found that met the criteria.
Find the tutorial for making the finger pot pads shown here, go to crafty asian girl.
1. Sweetheart Pin Cushions
When you need a filler gift that isn't expensive to make, this is a great idea. Add a pincushion to a bridal shower gift, a baby gift, a Christmas stocking, a graduation gift, etc. Make these useful, and cute, pin cushions by following the instructions at happytogether.
2. Leaf Garland
Decorating for fall will be easy when you use a beautiful leaf garland as part of the décor. You probably have lots of small fall fabric scraps that are perfect for this project. Go to the Good Housekeeping site for the instructions.
3. Freezer Pop Covers
Not only is this freezer pop cover a useful item, it also is a great way to use leftover polar fleece scraps. You'll find the instructions for making these freezer pop covers at BY STEPHANIE LYNN.
4. Love Bugs
5. Fabulous Fabric Carrots
These carrots are so impressive and would look great in a bowl for a table centerpiece, and not for Easter only. Check the tutorial at clare’s craftroom to make these fabulous fabric carrots.
6. Crossbody Purse
Making a crossbody purse to co-ordinate with your casual outfits will not only be useful, but also very fashionable. Sew Can She has a great tutorial to help you make this purse.
7. Ruffle Baby Bib
At CRAFTINESS is not OPTIONAL you'll find the instructions for making this ruffled baby bib. If you like the shabby chic look, don't hem the edges of the ruffles. If you like a more finished look, one that will take many washings, be sure to hem the fabric strips before gathering and sewing to the bib.
Imagine all the beautiful pumpkins that you can make with your fabric scraps. I love this project. This scrap fabric craft idea is one from the IT ALL STARTED WITH PAINT site.
9. Sunglasses Case
Think about a friend, a parent or a grandparent and you'll see that any one of them would appreciate this gift. Find the instructions and pattern for making this sunglasses case at Positively Splendid .
10. Fabric Ball Covered Tree
I think an arrangement with different height trees would be very attractive. I certainly like the looks of this ball covered tree. Imagine using different fabrics for different sized trees, but grouped together on a table or shelf. The tutorial for this craft project is found at live laugh rowe.
11. No-Sew Flowers
Mother's day or Father's day are just two occasions when you could make and give a bouquet of flowers like this. Find the tutorial for making these no-sew flowers at Made Everyday.
12. Bowl Covers
The tutorial for making these bowl covers is found at the COTTAGE MAMA
13. Fabric Bowl
I've seen a number of different ways to make fabric bowls, but this one is my favorite. You'll find the instructions at craftstylish.
14. Adorable Owls
Aren't these little owls just adorable? Go to Happy Hooligans for the instructions and then get out your fabric scraps and have some fun.
15. Fabric Scrap Tutu Skirt
Even if you start out making coaster by following the instructions at Sometimes Crafter , soon you'll see how easy it is to make coasters and you'll start designing them on your own. Your fabric scraps are unique to your sewing, so your coasters will also be unique.
17. Soft Blocks
How many times haven't you wished that the baby had some nice quiet blocks to play with and chew on? Follow the directions at zaaberry to make soft blocks for your own baby, and then make some to give to a new mother. A great baby shower gift idea!
18. Fabric Door Mat
Sometimes you'll have a fabric scrap that is large enough to use to make a door mat, so you can go to allParenting for the tutorial to make the rug I think this idea is good for a colorful bedroom rug.
19. Cutie Patootie Baby Bibs
These fabric scrap baby bibs are so easy to make that you'll want a bunch of them. Make them to give as baby shower gifts, the new mom will love them. Find the instructions for making these bibs at zaaberry .
20. Lumbar Pillow
Who wouldn't just love to have one of these long pillows? Think of making pillows like this for holiday giving and for graduation gifts. Find the tutorial for making this lumbar pillow at The Handmade Home.
21. United States Map
Although I like this map wall hanging as a piece of art for the home, I think a teacher could use this project with her class as a fun way to learn where the states are. To make this project, with so many possibilities, go to SeeKateSew.
22. Cutlery Storage
This is such a cute and easy idea for a way to decorate the kitchen. Not only is this a great storage idea, it looks very attractive also. Find the tutorial for making this DIY kitchen storage idea at Mac Cutting Boards.
23. Rag Wreath
Use lots of different, pretty fabric scraps to make this wreath. Let the kids help make this, they'll feel so proud of the finished wreath when you display it on the door or wall. The instructions on making this rag wreath is found at HUFF POST HOME.
24. Sewing Case
Use up scraps of fabric and make a nice useful sewing case. Follow the tutorial at Craftster to make this project. If you make crafts to sell, consider this as an item to make for a craft show.
25. Gift Tags
It'll be so much fun making the gift tags that you'll want to make them for Christmas gifts, graduation gifts, shower and wedding gifts, Valentine's Day gifts. The instructions for making these tags is at Creature Comforts.
26. Stocking Ornaments
A super simple project that is not only cute as can be, but also useful. The tutorial is found at Stumbles and Stitches.
Not only little girls love to wear scrunchies, teen and moms do too. Make a scrunchie to go with any and all your outfits. Go to Duni’ Studio for the instructions and then get out the fabric scraps. Make scrunchies for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day and the Fourth of July. Make bunchies of scrunchies.
28. Fabric Thumb Tacks
By following the instructions at How About Orange you'll be able to fancy up even your thumb tacks. Use up all those tiny, but beautiful, fabric scraps.
29. Flower Wall Collage
Sometimes we forget that we can use fabric to make wall art. This example, with instructions at Hey Now, Whoa Now! is what can be done with a little imagination.
30. Pin Cushions
Find the tutorial for making these pin cushions at Sometimes Crafter.
31. Fabric Scrap Christmas Trees
I absolutely love these little Christmas trees.The instructions are found at the picket fence.
32. Scrap Necklaces
33. Homemade Paper Dolls
This is a great way to use fabric scraps. I remember making paper dolls as a little girl, so I know girls will love this project. The instructions are given at Happy Hooligans.
34. Sparkle Eggs
These fabric covered eggs sparkle with the help of glitter. Find the directions for making these beautiful eggs at sew mama sew .
35. Bird Mobile
Fabric birds are so beautiful that you'll want to make more than just the ones for the mobile. Consider adding a skewer or wire to the bottom of a bird to use it as a plant pick. I love this project, you'll find the tutorial at THE SWEETEST PEAR .
36. Favor Bags
If you have Halloween themed fabric scraps, make these little favor bags to hold the Halloween treats to give out to the ghosts and gobblins that come to your door. The instructions are found at the Martha Stewart site.
37. Reversible Headbands
Double sided headbands are always a great item to sell at craft shows, especially near the Christmas holidays. Find the tutorial for making this project at happy together .
38. Decorative Fabric Bowls
This is a project that the kids can easily make. Find the instructions at J&O FABRICS and then let the kids choose fabric scraps to make a bowl.
39. Braided Bracelet
This braided bracelet looks like it might be difficult to make, but when you go to howJoyful for the instructions you find that it isn't hard to make. A nice craft project for teens.
40. Fabric Strip Wrapped Frame
Sometimes the simplest project can be really impressive. This wrapped frame is an example of how nice it can be. Find the tutorial for this project at JaneSays .
41. Bed Pocket Organizer
See how easy it is to make this bedside organizer by going to Sew Can She for the directions.
42. Burlap and Fabric Owl
Dress up a rather plain burlap owl by adding colorful fabric wings. See how do make this owl by going to Flea Market Trixie for the instructions.
43. Whimsical Bendable Flower
This whimsical, bendable flower, with a tutorial at CRAFTS BY Amanda is easy to make, and oh, so cute.
44. How to Make Easter Carrots
45. Fall Leaf Pillow
Pillows are a great way to use up pretty fabric scraps. Look at coloring pages to give you ideas on what to applique or glue onto your pillow. The instructions for making the pillow shown here is found at Cluck Cluck SEW .
46. Toilet Paper Holder
Displaying extra rolls of toilet tissue usually isn't something we want to do, but with a cute holder like this one, it looks like a good idea. Find out how to make this tissue holder by going to DIY Enthusiasts. Would you believe that tin cans are used in this project?
47. Lady Bug Magnets
Lady bugs are a very popular craft, and you can see why when you notice these lady bug magnets. CRAFTS BY Amanda the easy to follow tutorial.
48. Microwave Bowl Potholder
This is a gift that all your friends will be happy to receive. Find the pattern and directions for making these potholders at Seams Happy.
Make beautiful birdhouses by following the tutorial found at Home Talk.
50. Hot or Cold Packs
Use flannel, fleece or cotton fabric to make these comforting heat packs. You'll find the instructions at A Spoonful of Sugar. I've used stuffing pellets in the Boo Boo bags that I made for my grandkids.
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