By Erin Huffstetler | 02/16/2021 | No Comments
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Have lots of fabric scraps leftover from other projects? Here are a bunch of pretty and practical things you can make with them. I’m constantly dreaming up new ways to use up my own stash of fabric scraps, so be sure to bookmark this post, and check back regularly for more ideas.
Turn your prettiest, tiniest fabric scraps into wristlet key fobs. This is a quick and easy project, and makes a great gift.
Making lanyards is another fun way to use up skinny fabric scraps. They make a thoughtful gift for college students, and anyone who has to wear an ID for work.
Have short lengths of ribbon left over after trimming out a project? Use them to make keychain lip balm holders.
Use your leftover bits of flannel and/or terry cloth to sew up a bunch of reusable kitchen sponges. You can clean them by sticking them in the washing machine or dishwasher.
Melt some beeswax, and make your own reusable food wraps to cover leftovers. This project doesn’t require any sewing.
Have trouble opening jars? Use a couple fabric squares and a bit of drawer liner to make yourself a jar opener.
Stitch a bunch of small fabric scraps together to make enough fabric for a set of potholders.
Use a scrap of 100% cotton fabric to make a microwave potato bag. It’ll allow you to bake two potatoes in the microwave in just eight minutes.
Use some more of your 100% cotton scraps to sew a microwave popcorn bag, so you can kiss those unhealthy boxes of microwave popcorn goodbye for good. This reusable bag allows you to pop corn without any oil.
Working towards a zero-waste kitchen? Use some of your fabric scraps to make a bunch of cloth napkins, and end your reliance on paper napkins.
Transform some of your favorite cotton or linen scraps into colorful kitchen towels. It’s nice to have a stack of these on hand for last-minute gift giving.
Whip up an elastic bowl cover for your stand mixer, so it stays dust free between uses.
These microwave soup bowl cozies are another smart use for your 100% cotton scraps. They make it easy to remove hot foods from the microwave, without burning your fingers, and protect your table from damage.
Like to work with felt? Use your felt scraps to make pan protectors, so your pans don’t get scratched or chipped, when you stack them.
Upgrade your lunchbox set up with one of these lunchbox silverware placemat rolls. It even has a spot for a cloth napkin. I made this one out of laminated cotton – so it would be wipeable – but you could just as easily make it out of quilting cotton or canvas.
It only takes a 9″ x 12″ piece of fabric to make this handy tablet stand. Use it to hold your cellphone, eReader or tablet, when you’re reading or following a recipe.
Use small scraps of mesh fabric to make soap saver bags. They make your soap last longer, and double as an exfoliator.
Use a couple flannel scraps to sew up a lavender eye pillow that can be heated in the microwave. It’s great for soothing headaches and tired eyes.
Have enough flannel to cut two 8″ x 20″ pieces? Then, you can make this microwave heating pad! I like include some dried lavender in the filling, so it smells nice.
This ice pack cover is just the thing to protect your skin, and capture drips, when you need to ice an injury. Make one out of your terry or flannel scraps.
Microwave hand warmers are another good use for your flannel scraps. Just heat them up, and stick them in your pockets, to keep your hands warm while you’re walking the dog, or doing outdoor chores.
Replace chemical-laden dryer sheets, with a set of these lavender dryer bags. They’re an easy way to put your quilting scraps to use, and smell amazing.
Zipper pouches are an excellent organizational tool, and a fun use for your favorite fabric scraps. Use one fabric for the outside and another for the liner.
Pick out some pretty scraps from your stash, and use them to sew up one of these maxi pad pouches, so you’ll have a discreet way to carry pads. These make a thoughtful gift for teen girls.
Scrunchies are another fun way to use up your long, skinny fabric scraps, and they make a great gift.
This car trash bag will help you clean out your fabric scrap bin and your car. Make several, and gift them to those hard-to-buy-for guys in your life.
Tame the cords in your home. These cord wraps are the perfect use for your smaller fabric and interfacing scraps.
These fabric marble mazes are an excellent kids’ boredom-buster, and a good use for your cotton and fleece scraps.
Use up leftover bits of fleece or jersey knit to braid a few dog tug toys. This is a no-sew project that you can do while you’re watching TV.
This little gift pouch looks fancy, but it takes minutes to make. Pick out some fabric from your scrap bin, and use it to make several pouches to add to your gift wrap supplies.
Go zero-waste with your gift wrap. These drawstring bags are a cinch to make, and the perfect way to work through your scrap stash.
Like to give wine as a hostess gift? Use some of your fabric scraps to whip up a few drawstring wine bags.
Use your fabric stash to make someone feel special. These fabric envelopes are a sweet way to send a gift card, money or love note.
This pillow quilt is the perfect project to use up your tiniest scraps, and a great way to showcase all your favorite fabrics. Make a small baby blanket, or go all in with a full-size quilt.