Don’t know what to do with that pile of fabric scraps you have at your sewing studio? We have got you covered with these seven exciting sewing projects!
When you sew a lot, it is inevitable to end up with some fabric leftovers. The major problem to reuse them is that none of the pieces matches; they are all in different sizes, colors, and pattern. Well, you’re in luck because we present few projects for you to upcycle your leftover fabric scraps. And, if you decide to sell, you can even make some extra money, with almost zero cost.
Check seven projects you can start doing today!
Idea 1 – Create a Unique Patchwork Pillowcase
Patchwork can be a love or hate relationship, but it’s undeniable how clever it is. This pillowcase is wholly made of fabric scraps, with each piece of fabric individually sewed together. To craft this case, the first step is to zig-zag the edges of each fabric parts separately, to avoid them from fraying. After the zig-zag, you may sew each one of them together to create the pattern and finally sew the cover itself.
Although it might be a time-consuming project, the result is fantastic! You may also consider adding a customized label to your work, for either selling or giving it as a present to family and friends. Labeling products is a massive part of any branding strategy; it takes your craft to the next level, proves how serious you are about your art and how much effort you have put into details.
Photo via MichellePatterns.com
Idea 2 – Sew Your Own Everyday Tote Bag
A tote bag is perfect for carrying your daily stuff, groceries, or anything else you might need while running some errands. For this project, you don’t need to worry about all fabric pieces to be the same size, just sew them all together to create the outside part of the bag. For the inner side, you can use any cotton fabric of your preference.
Photo via Michelle Patterns; PDF pattern available
Idea 3 – Stitch a Cute Cord Keeper
Are you tired of messy cables? Keep all organized with a cute cord keeper, sewed with all those small fabric scraps you have at home. All you are going to need is some fabric scraps, a button, and about 30 minutes of your time. To have a better structured and stiffer cord keeper, you may also add a medium weight interface to the fabric.
Photo via The Crafty Mummy
Idea 4 – Make Lovely Bookmarks
Personalized bookmarks are great to give as a gift for any book lover, or to keep them for yourself. You can use your favorite fabric scraps and a cardboard, or a thick interfacing, to make sure your bookmark won’t fold in half. After sewing both sides together and the inner interfacing, press everything neat and tidy with an iron, and you will have a lovely marker!
Photo via MichellePatterns.com
Idea 5 – Sew Amusing Wall Decor
This stuffed crescent moon is great to add into any decoration you have at home. You can use smaller fabric scrap pieces and add toy stuffing to give the crescent moon some shape. If you feel like it, also sew some stars to your collection. Hang these sky elements to any wall and have your personal galaxy indoors.
Photo via Treasurie.com
Idea 6 – Create a Heart-Shaped Pincushion
If you keep losing your pins everywhere, you probably will make good use of these cute and colorful pincushions. Besides fabric, you will also need some stuffing to make it fluffy and easy to secure your pins in place. Once you have made it, it can become a useful tool for yourself or also a fantastic gift! Maybe you have a friend who is starting to sew, and you want to give them a warming gift to motivate, or you have a family member who sews a lot and would love to get a lovely pincushion as a present. Either way, this is a super cute and easy project to sew with your fabric leftovers.
Photo via Tiny Apartment Crafts
Idea 7 – Add Colorful Covers to Notebooks
Do you know those notebooks you would like to cherish for life? These covers can help you protect your notes from dust and other time-related damages. Take those fabric scraps you love the most and use them to create a colorful cover. You don’t even need to sew anything, apply some fabric glue and it is done!
We hope you enjoyed these projects and that you can make good use of those extra fabric scraps you have.
About the author: Anna Short is a writer and professional seamstress of more than 7 years. She’s a big DIY lover and very active in the crafting community. Anna is a mother of two. In her free time, she likes to make crafty projects with her two children.