Fabric Scraps

Things to Make With Your Fabric Scraps

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.

How to Sew a Wristlet Key Fob

Turn your prettiest, tiniest fabric scraps into wristlet key fobs. This is a quick and easy project, and makes a great gift.

How to Sew a Wristlet Key Fob

How to Sew a Lanyard

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.

How to Sew a Lanyard

Keychain Lip Balm Holders

Have short lengths of ribbon left over after trimming out a project? Use them to make keychain lip balm holders.

How to Sew a Keychain Lip Balm Holder

How to Make an Unsponge

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.

How to Sew a Reusable Sponge

Reusable Food Wraps

Melt some beeswax, and make your own reusable food wraps to cover leftovers. This project doesn’t require any sewing.

How to Make Beeswax Food Wraps

Homemade Jar Openers

Have trouble opening jars? Use a couple fabric squares and a bit of drawer liner to make yourself a jar opener.

How to Make a Jar Opener

Fabric Scrap Potholders

Stitch a bunch of small fabric scraps together to make enough fabric for a set of potholders.

How to Make Fabric Scrap Potholders

Finished Microwaveable Potato Bag

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.

How to Sew a Microwave Potato Bag

Microwave Popcorn Bag

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.

How to Sew a Reusable Microwave Popcorn Bag

How to Make Cloth Napkins

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.

How to Sew Cloth Napkins

How to Sew a Kitchen Towel

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.

How to Sew a Kitchen Towel

How to Make a Bowl Cover for a Stand Mixer

Whip up an elastic bowl cover for your stand mixer, so it stays dust free between uses.

How to Sew a Stand Mixer Bowl Cover

How to Sew a Soup Bowl Cozy

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.

How to Sew a Soup Bowl Cozy

Stacked Pans With Homemade Pan Protectors Between Them

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.

How to Make Pan Protectors

How to Make a Lunchbox Silverware Placemat Roll

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.

How to Sew a Lunchbox Silverware Placemat Roll

Tablet Stand Holding Kindle

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.

How to Sew a Tablet Stand

How to Sew a Soap Saver Bag

Use small scraps of mesh fabric to make soap saver bags. They make your soap last longer, and double as an exfoliator.

How to Sew a Soap Saver Bag

Eye Pillows

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.

How to Sew a Lavender Eye Pillow

Heating Pad

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.

How to Make a Microwave Heating Pad

How to Make an Ice Pack Cover

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.

How to Make an Ice Pack Cover

How to Make Hand Warmers

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.

How to Sew Microwave Hand Warmers

Lavender Dryer Bags

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.

How to Sew Lavender Dryer Bags

How to Make a Zipper Pouch

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.

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

How to Sew a Maxi Pad Pouch

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.

How to Sew a Maxi Pad Pouch

How to Make Scunchies

Scrunchies are another fun way to use up your long, skinny fabric scraps, and they make a great gift.

How to Sew a Scrunchie

How to Make a Car Trash Bag

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.

How to Sew a Car Trash Bag

How to Make a Cord Wrap

Tame the cords in your home. These cord wraps are the perfect use for your smaller fabric and interfacing scraps.

How to Sew a Cord Wrap

Fabric Marble Mazes

These fabric marble mazes are an excellent kids’ boredom-buster, and a good use for your cotton and fleece scraps.

How to Sew a Fabric Marble Maze

T-Shirt Dog Tug Toy

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.

How to Make a Quick Gift Pouch

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.

How to Sew a Gift Pouch

How to Sew Drawstring Gift Bags

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.

How to Sew a Drawstring Gift Bag

Bottle of Wine in Drawstring Gift Bag

Like to give wine as a hostess gift? Use some of your fabric scraps to whip up a few drawstring wine bags.

How to Sew a Drawstring Wine Bag

How to Make Fabric Envelopes

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.

How to Make Fabric Envelopes

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