Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
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. Fabric Covered Planters
This is a great way to use up some of your fabric scraps and make some money too. The instructions for making these planters can be found at diy joy.
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. Scrapy Bibs
The instructions for these cute little scrapy bibs is found at The Sewing Loft. A mother of infants can never have too many bibs.
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.
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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 Radiant Home Studio.
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. Little Lark Lavendar Sachet
Follow the directions at Gingermelon to make these cute little lark sachets. Cute and they smell lovely.
18. Denim Mat
Go to My Poppet Makes for the tutorial to make the rug I think this idea is good for a colorful bedroom rug.
19. Fabric Bins
These fabric scrap bins are so easy to make that you'll want to make some for yourself and also to give to friends. Make them to give as baby shower gifts, the new mom will love them. Find the instructions for making these bins at Straight Grain.
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. 15-Minute Reversible Place Mats
Find the tutorial for making 15 minute reversible place mats at Rae Gun Ramblings.
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. Travel Sewing Kit
Use up scraps of fabric and make a nice useful travel sewing kit. Follow the tutorial at Sew Giving 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. Cloth Napkins
A super simple project that is not only cute as can be, but also useful. The tutorial is found at A Cultivated Nest.
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. Use styrofoam or plastic eggs, small pieces of cut fabric, ModPodge and glitter are all you need to make these little beauties. Spread ModPodge on the egg, place a piece of fabric over it and then add more ModPodge over the fabric. Continue until the egg is covered. Then sprinkle with glitter. Let dry and admire your sparkle eggs.
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. Drawstring Pouches, Favor Bags and Larger
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 kid