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Wondering what to do with fabric scraps? Great Scrap Fabric Ideas

Are you wondering what to do with fabric scraps? If you are anything like me you generate lots of fabric scraps!

There are so many different projects you can make from tiny projects like jewellery to bigger projects for example scrap fabric quilts.

As you can imagine I generate quite a bit of scrappy bits of fabric. 

Scrap Fabric Projects

Fabric Scrap Thumbtacks

I love these fabric scrap thumbtacks, they really would use up all those tiny bits of fabric. Thanks, Jessica for the tutorial.


fabric scrap thumbtacks



I’m more info headbands since my hair is short but if I had long hair I would be all about making scrunchies. There are so many great tutorials out there so you can make them large and 80’s style or more subtle with a tiny bow.


Handmade Notelets

Handmade notelets, simply cut out little triangular shapes, glue stick them down and sew a line across the top! This week, as part of my zero waste week efforts I have made a few, ready to include in any christmas sales parcels:)


Bunting Fabric Scrap


Fabric Scrap Flower Brooch

How about making fun bright brooches using your fabric scraps and a washer? Intrigued? Find out more with my scrap fabric flower tutorial.



Fabric Scrap Wreath

Brighten up your home this fall with a fabric scrap wreath – would use up loads of scraps!! Naturally, you can color theme your wreath for Christmas, or autumn, or stick with these wonderful bright colors.


Fabric Scrap wreath


Fabric Tape

How about some fabric tape to brighten up any parcel? or to make cards with?


Fabric tape

Applique Tote Bag

Learn how to cover any logo on a gifted tote bag by showing you how to use your fabric scraps to applique fabric in a modern simple design – no sewing machine is required.


Decorate a canvas bag


Scrap Fabric Coasters

This is an easy project to showcase your favorite fabric scraps. Simple and easy to make fabric coasters make great gifts.

Create your own fabric scrap wool coasters. Use an old sweater and fabric scraps to create fun recycled Christmas coasters.

Fabric Twine

But I have to admit I think I have saved the best to last! My favorite idea is this gorgeous fabric twine – I had a go at making my own. It does take time, and slightly longer pieces of scrap than the others but I think this would add a unique touch to wrapping parcels, or if you are good at crochet perhaps you could crochet with it?


Fabric twine



If all else fails use your fabric scraps as stuffing for pincushions, or save it and take it to your local charity shop or recycling centre for rag collection.

I would love to know what you do with your fabric scraps, I have started a pinterest board to collect ideas:)


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Gwen Gyldenege

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Wow, the fabric twine is amazing. But being a spinner, I'm not sure I would consider attempting it by hand. Yeowtch! It's really, really beautiful as a twine and would be an amazing trim to add to a garment, though. When I made art yarns, it was fun to toss in fabric scraps to hang out among the beehives and coils. Nice post full of fun ideas. I like the fabric tape too. I've a drawer that's overflowing with scraps. I also saw someone else make pictures with their scraps by putting spray adhesive or a fusible on the back, then placing and topstitching. Beautiful pillows.


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

I hadn't thought of adding the twine to a garment:) - applique would be a lovely way of using scraps:)


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

What a fabulous post Vicky! I adore the idea of the bunting cards and WOW to the fabric twine - I can see loads of uses for this one in knitting, crochet and embroidery too.


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Thanks Wendy - not sure if I have the patience to make enough twine to knit or crochet with!!

jill goldberg

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Great ideas, I've just swept out loads of fairly large size scraps and it kills me!!! i'm following your pinterest board, too :-)


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Thanks Jill - hoping to expand the Pinterest board with more ideas:)

Rachelle Strauss

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

I love the cards - I think even I could manage to create one of those. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lilly's Mom

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

It was so enjoyable reading your blog post. I have a Christmas wreath made from fabric scraps that my child made for me years ago. Have a wonderful week.


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

What a lovely item to have and to treasure:)

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