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. 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
Make these love bugs for Valentine's Day, Mother's day, Father's day, any and all holidays, birthdays, baby gifts, shower gifts. The possibilities are endless. The pattern and tutorial for these cute little love bugs is found at taidye original.
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. 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. 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. 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 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.
51. No-Sew Apple Decoration
I really like the looks of these fabric apples. Just imagine a clear bowl with these in a centerpiece. The directions are found at Creative Jewish Mom.
52. Easy Baby Blanket
Baby gifts can be expensive and new mothers love handmade gifts. So the best thing to do is to make a baby blanket for her. The tutorial is at Crazy Little Projects.
53. Mini Fabric String Light Lamps
Any girl would love to have these lights strung in her room. Find out how easy they are to make and how inexpensive they are. Directions are found at Taylormade Creates.
54. Gnome Sachets
Imagine all the really cute gnomes sachets you can make with the fabric scraps you have available, and then make gifts for all your family and friends. Add a jute loop to the back of the gnome so it can be hung in a car or closet. Ruffles & Rain Boots has the tutorial for making gnome sachets.
55. Key Chains
Find the directions for making these key chains at Craftiness is Not Optional. The nice soft bendable key chain fits nicely in a pocket or purse.
56. Quilted Table Runner
Diary of a Quilter has a great tutorial for making this quilted table runner. Her method is impressive and time saving. Place Mats could also be made this way.
57. Memory Game
This is such a cute idea. Kids love to play the memory game, but they also like using game pieces in other ways. For instance as a parking spot for a little car, or a bed for little dolls. This instructions for this project is found at Apple Green Cottage.
© 2014 Loraine Brummer
What do you do with fabric scraps? Or leave a comment
RTalloni on February 12, 2019:
What a great round up of projects for me to keep in mind while I introduce a young friend to sewing. My primary goal right now is to help her love the craft.
Sometimes I get a little bothered with keeping scraps, but then I wind up finding such a great use for them that I'm glad I kept them. This past Christmas I used some vintage fabrics to make throw pillows and covers...still need to do that hub... :)
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on June 09, 2015:
Thank you ladies, for your comments and up votes. I like your "by the ac" idea for making crafts, Susan. Especially today when it's over 90 degrees and not yet noon. MizBejabbers, I like how you used an on hand fabric for making your eye glass case. There are so many colorfully designed fabrics, as poetryman remarked, that we want to use up all the scraps. Crafts are fun and useful!
poetryman6969 on June 08, 2015:
Some beautiful craftiness here. Voted up. I love the colorful designs.
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 08, 2015:
You have some wonderful ideas here, and I love the fact that you’ve listed sources to make these. I paid about $20 for a book to make fabric bowls years ago and never made a single one. I’ve made some of these ideas in the past, such as the pot holders and pin cushions.
I like the eyeglass holder, too. I made one once out of the foam strips that are used in children’s crafts. I had eye surgery and was given “monster” sunglasses to wear for awhile. I took an 8” x 10” piece of red foam and cut the shape. I used a paper punch to punch the holes and sewed it together with thin white ribbon. Then I glued on pre-made foam flowers of various sizes for the decorations. I think I may still have that old thing lying around somewhere.
I liked the fabric-covered thong sandals. Back in the Peter Maxx days of my youth, I covered a pair of three-inch spike heel pointed toed shoes with fabric to match a dress. I got a lot of compliments on them. I intend to make the bracelet you displayed in one of your photos.
Voted up++ and shared.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 08, 2015:
Summer is such a good time to sit in the shade (or near the a/c) and work on crafts, especially little crafts like these. You've tickled my crafty bone! (Pinned, tweeted!)
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 15, 2014:
Thanks, ladies, for your comments. I don't know about you, but I always have plenty of fabric scraps to make something from. I'm not a quilter, I don't have the needed patience, even though I do love the quilts.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 14, 2014:
wow, you are clever to hunt down those sites for crafts. thanks
CherylsArt on October 23, 2014:
Ooops, it was pin cushions. No, they are probably not saved. Our house was flooded when I was a teen, so a lot of stuff was pitched after that. It sounds like it was fun to cut paper dolls from the catalog. Kids can be so creative.
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on October 22, 2014:
Very cute fabric crafts. Love the creative ways found in which to use the fabric leftovers. When a person sews, (I know because my mom does) there is always lots of scraps. These are great ideas to use them on!
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 22, 2014:
Hi Cheryl. Thanks for your visit and comment. Did your mom save any of your pink cushions? Don't you love the memories? Wish I had thought about the paper dolls with fabric clothes. My sisters and I just drew our own paper doll clothes. Of course our paper dolls were pictures cut out of the catalog. One thing we did have was lots of imagination.
CherylsArt on October 22, 2014:
These ideas are lovely and very creative. My favorite here is the baby bib with ruffles on it. When I was a kid, I used to use empty walnut shells as the base for pink cushions that I made for my mom.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 22, 2014:
Thank you, Ann for your visit and comment. Who would have thought those fabric scraps were good for something besides quilting.
Beaddoodler, thanks for stopping by. I hope you found an idea that you'll want to do.
Thanks for visiting this hub and your kind comment, Audrey. Key chains also make great gifts.
Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on October 21, 2014:
Wow, I knew there was a reason I hoard all my leftover fabric! Thanks for ideas. I'm going to bookmark this page.
Jennie Hennesay from Lubbock TX on October 21, 2014:
So many wonderful ideas for using up fabric scraps. Thank you for sharing!
Audrey Howitt from California on October 21, 2014:
You have great ideas! I love this, especially the key chains!