Scrap Happy: More Than 50 Fabric Scraps & Remnant Ideas

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Tipnut.comSave those scraps! Here’s a big new collection of free tutorials and patterns to help use up those fabric pieces and remnants you have tucked away in your craft room (updated 2012).

I’ve listed plenty of ideas for goodies that are not only useful but also a few cute and charming just-for-fun items too (some even gift-worthy!).

No matter how big or small that little piece is, you should find something here to make with it.

Note: Many are just a sample idea from a larger collection of projects, I’ve included reference links to those pages as well (found here on Tipnut).

Have fun and as always…I’ll be updating this page with new goodies as I find them so you may want to keep it bookmarked for future reference. Enjoy!

bhg.com

bhg.com

Pincushion: Made with bold fabric, zany buttons, and quirky ribbons. Tipnut is loaded with pincushion projects, you’ll find the master list on this page.

Finger Hot Pads: Cute little pocket hotpads for your fingers. You’ll find dozens more potholders to sew on this page.

craftyasiangirl.blogspot.com

craftyasiangirl.blogspot.com

popularpatchwork.com

popularpatchwork.com

Scissor Pouch: Measures 4″ x 4 1/2″ and includes a tiny matching needle case. More projects are found here.

Pop Garden Flower: Includes a measurement chart to make Small, Medium and Large size flowers. Over 40 more flowers are on this page.

heatherbailey.typepad.com

heatherbailey.typepad.com

modabakeshop.com

modabakeshop.com

Camera Strap: Made with squares of pretty fabric and fusible fleece. More tutorials found here.

Keychain: Great stashbuster that you can embellish any number of ways. Lots of ideas are also listed on this page.

craftinessisnotoptional.com

craftinessisnotoptional.com

flamingotoes.com

flamingotoes.com

Wristlet: Pattern pieces available via free pdf download. More wristlets to make are found here.

No-Sew Sachets: Stuffed with potpourri, lavender flowers or balsam fir needles. More ideas are found here.

familyfun.go.com

familyfun.go.com

justcallmechris.blogspot.com

justcallmechris.blogspot.com

DIY Bobby Pins: Covered buttons are attached to bobby pins with pads. More hair accessories are on this page.

Business Card Holder: Supplies include fusible fleece, small hair elastic and a button. More tutorials are listed here.

craftycupboard.blogspot.com

craftycupboard.blogspot.com

greenbeesbees.blogspot.com

greenbeesbees.blogspot.com

Covered Altoid Tins: Make a sweet little case to hold a variety of small items, inside lined with felt.

Covered Tape Measure: Tutorial via free pdf download. More projects for crafters are found here.

aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

thelongthread.com

thelongthread.com

Water Bottle Tote: Elastic opening at top and twill tape for strap, template included (can be adjusted for size if needed).

Press Bag: Made with two 9 1/2″ squares of fabric (one for lining), top cuff is folded down and embellish as you like (yo-yo, button, etc.).

terryatkinson.typepad.com

terryatkinson.typepad.com

cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com

cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com

Quilted Bowl: Fabric pieces can be all from the same print or mix as you like, template download provided.

Envelope Bag: A sweet little pouch with a button and loop closure, use to carry small utensils and other goodies.

betulaloo.blogspot.com

betulaloo.blogspot.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Trimmed Towels: Strips of pretty fabric and ribbon are used to transform plain bath towels into something special.

Dresden Petal Handbag: Template included, you’ll need 14 strips using 7 different fat quarter scraps. You’ll find dozens of patchwork pretties on this page.

jemimabean.blogspot.com

jemimabean.blogspot.com

zitzmanfam.blogspot.com

zitzmanfam.blogspot.com

Reusable Snack Bags: Made using material from a vinyl tablecloth, you’ll find lunch bags and accessories on this page.

Embroidered Buttons: Stitch on a piece of fabric before covering buttons, either sketch your own designs or use the print as a pattern.

craftstylish.com

craftstylish.com

citricsugar.blogspot.com

citricsugar.blogspot.com

Fountain Drink Sleeve: The bottom and sides of the cup are covered, no more puddles on the coffee table!

Reversible Coffee Cozy: Lined with cotton batting, free template download via pdf. Lots more ideas are found here.

craftystaci.com

craftystaci.com

craftastical.com

craftastical.com

Toiletry / Make Up Bag Tutorial: Cute and big enough to hold all you need when traveling. You’ll find more on this page (including brush rolls).

Ruffled Bib: Gather strips of assorted fabric prints then sew onto a bib (either one you make or one ready-made). Lots more ideas on this page.

theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com

theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com

stitchesandscissors.com

stitchesandscissors.com

Mug Rug: Sewn on the diagonal then quilted to make a mat (fabric binding around the edges). You’ll find over two dozen more projects here.

Glasses Case: Features a foldover tab with button & elastic closure. More projects found here.

sew-fantastic.blogspot.com

sew-fantastic.blogspot.com

mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com

mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com

Needle Case: Lovely design that features a d-ring hanging loop. Plenty more ideas found here.

Checkbook Cover: Features a sweet fabric ruffle embellishment across the top. More ideas can be found here.

alisa-thesweetlife.blogspot.com

alisa-thesweetlife.blogspot.com

madebypetchy.blogspot.com

madebypetchy.blogspot.com

Gadget Pouch: Has a fold over flap with a ribbon to hold item securely. More ideas found here.

Coasters: Padded with batting. You’ll find dozens of projects shared on this page.

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

thimbleanna.com

thimbleanna.com

Keychain Wallet/Purse: Keep ID, coins, folded bills, and other bits in this sweetie. More ideas found here.

Coin Purse: Made with a gold purse frame and pretty fabric (lined). Several more projects are listed here.

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

lavenderkittykat.blogspot.com

lavenderkittykat.blogspot.com

Kitchen Towel: A fun, anthropologie inspired design using a tea towel and fabric scraps. More crafty towels are listed here.

Tissue Cozy: A basic design using four coordinating pieces of fabric. Tutorials for both tissue boxes and pouches are listed here.

littlebitfunky.com

littlebitfunky.com

sewandthecity.blogspot.com

sewandthecity.blogspot.com

Ship Ahoi: A sweet toy boat with ribbon taggies along the edges. More baby toy projects are listed here.

Bracelets: Strips of fabric are sewn and braided to make a cuff, then crafty bling added for embellishment. More craft bracelets & bangles are on this page.

sewcraftcreate.com

sewcraftcreate.com

seekatiesew.blogspot.com

seekatiesew.blogspot.com

Bookmarks: Lined with fusible interfacing, lots more tutorials are listed on this page.

Microwave Heating Pad: These can be made in a variety of sizes, try making pocket or hand warmers. Fill with rice, beans, etc. (ideas listed on the page).

tipnut.com

tipnut.com

simonehowell.blogspot.com

simonehowell.blogspot.com

Post-It Note Holder: Cover an acrylic frame, fabric, Heat n’ bond ultra hold adhesive sheet, ribbons, buttons and whatever else you like for embellishment.

Keyboard Wrist Rest: Make these any size you like, filled with rice, template download available. Find more office supply projects here.

andsometimesy.blogspot.com

andsometimesy.blogspot.com

yogajournal.com

yogajournal.com

Eye Pods: Fill with dried beans or flax seeds, dried rice, lentils or buckwheat and dried lavender or chamomile. More eye masks listed on this page.

DIY Stickers/Tape: Easy to make and useful for wrapping, these are made with double sided adhesive tape.

mairuru.blogspot.com

mairuru.blogspot.com

allthingslovely.typepad.com

allthingslovely.typepad.com

Covered Magnets: Supplies needed are self covering buttons, 15mm magnets, pliers, glue and bits of fabric.

Hair Curlers: A small amount of polyester stuffing is used to shape the curlers, you’ll also need a button and some thread.

lifewithmonkey.wordpress.com

lifewithmonkey.wordpress.com

brassyapple.blogspot.com

brassyapple.blogspot.com

Fortune Cookies: Fun idea using fusible fleece, ribbon, fabric and a bit of craft glue. Use as party favors, to pass special notes, whatever you like!

How To Make A Yo-Yo: These are used to embellish all kinds of things (totes, quilts, hair clips, etc.).

heatherbailey.typepad.com

heatherbailey.typepad.com

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

Patchwork Kindle Case: Envelope pouch-style with side flap, velcro closure. More iPad, Kindle and E-reader covers are on this page.

Phone Sleeve: Can be made for any brand of cellphone with minimal adjustment but designed specifically for an iPhone 4. More phone covers & cases are shared here.

erinerickson.com

erinerickson.com

cally-cruze.blogspot.com

cally-cruze.blogspot.com

Diaper Strap Tutorial: Sew a simple strap to hold diapers together, velcro closure with button embellishment. You’ll find lots of baby goodies here.

Cloth Baby Shoes: Could these be any cuter? Free pdf download. More baby booties and shoes are listed on this page.

stardustshoes.blogspot.com

stardustshoes.blogspot.com

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

Pencil Case: Made with home decor weight fabric, duck cloth or canvas, the round ends are finished in a contrasting piping. More tutorials found here.

Jean Cuffs: Add a fun print at the cuff and buttons in a complimentary color.

canadianliving.com

canadianliving.com

candacetodd.blogspot.com

candacetodd.blogspot.com

Sewing Machine Cover: A few different prints cut in various widths are sewn together for this cover, solid piece lining and ribbon ties. More covers are shared here.

Closet Tags: Fabric pieces in a variety of colors are used, along with Heat N Bond Ultra (no sew), ribbon and pinking shears.

inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

stumblesandstitches.blogspot.ca

stumblesandstitches.blogspot.ca

Mason Jar Cozies: Glass jars are ideal for storing sewing notions, pantry supplies, etc. Dress them up with these cuties (3 ways).

Quilted Bouquet Cozy: A sweet little project made with assorted fabric pieces, cotton batting, coordinating ribbon and grommets.

sccmag.blogspot.se

sccmag.blogspot.se

tashahorsley.typepad.com

tashahorsley.typepad.com

Patchwork Trimmed Towels: Each hand towel will need 8 (2.5″) squares of fabric in coordinating prints.

Glam Makeup Brushes: You can also use decorative paper with this, sealed with a coat of Mod Podge.

lemonjitters.com

lemonjitters.com

ramblingdesigns.blogspot.ca

ramblingdesigns.blogspot.ca

Appliance Cuff: Nice idea for keeping cords neat and tidy, button closure.

Braided Rag Bags: Can use repurposed items (such as t-shirts, ripped denim) and leftover material/prints with different textures and colors.

popfizzies.typepad.com

popfizzies.typepad.com

aquilterstable.blogspot.ca

aquilterstable.blogspot.ca

Triple-Zip Pouch: This can be used to stash project supplies, as a makeup bag or even a wallet.

Envelope-It: Attached to elastic so you can wrap it around books, ideal for stashing receipts, etc.

boltneighborhood.com

boltneighborhood.com

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Published: April 30, 2007
Updated: January 8, 2013

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39 Comments to “Scrap Happy: More Than 50 Fabric Scraps & Remnant Ideas”
  1. joanne sage says:

    Hi I’m looking for a pattern for a clothespin holder with a hanger type or and other styles. Thank you

    • Linda says:

      Thanks, Joanne ! My thoughts exactly. I love the freshness of hanging bedding and towels outside, and remembering my Mom’s and Grandmother’s clothespin holders.

      • Linda says:

        Joanne: I just looked up the patterns on this site (“search”). I found some really neat patterns – from 2008. Check it out!

    • Imalee says:

      I made a really easy clothespin holder by using my grandson’s size 4 knit polo style shirt. I simply sewed the bottom closed and hung it on child size hanger. The placket neck opening is the perfect size for reaching the clothespins.

    • Sarah says:

      Dear Joanne,
      If you are looking for a clothes pin holder.
      Use a 2t dress basic and cover the bag from the store on the hanger with a ric rac across the.
      Sarah, NH

  2. TipNut says:

    Hi Joanne, I’ve listed some free clothespin bag patterns here.

  3. Allison Howard says:

    Hey! I like your site – I’m a naturally frugal person, and I have a sewing business. I’ve recently relocated to Tennessee from Georgia and I’m eager to get something going. I get teased about my frugality, but I want to ad my tip: save those plastic onion bags and sew together to make a miniature facial scrub puff (exfoliant). Or, you’ve heard about all those “sugar scrubs”? Well, I was a lab assistant for my dad, a biologist, and we’ve confirmed that plain table sugar is very healing; so, I have discovered that it makes a great facial scrub. Thanks!

  4. Clerissa says:

    I was hoping to find a pattern for a shower curtain with left over fabric bits…no luck today been looking for hours. Any suggestions??

    • Amethyst says:

      ok ur ? was on shower curtain from left over scraps. here is a thought take a patturn for a crazy quilt and make it the size you want the curtain and then just find a shower curtain pattern that is normal and make it like it says.

    • jordan says:

      also you can just sew all your bits of fabric into the size of curtain you need and get an inexpensive clear liner…heavier duty the better and sew your final fabric piece sheet to it.

    • Rikki says:

      I made a shower curtain with an old sheet I bought at a rummage sale. I searched for years with no luck to find a cute shower curtain that would match my other shower accessories and wall color with no luck until I found an old gently used sheet that tied everything together perfectly. I had to shorten it up a bit and I used the buttonhole maker on my sewing machine to make the top holes and then hung large ornate showercurtain rings on to cover up the buttonhole outlines. Its perfect and I didnt have to go out and buy the grommets!!

  5. Janelle says:

    I have 4 fabric napkins, was wondering what I could make with them. They are about 18″ square. Thanks

    • Heather says:

      You could make them into square pillows. Simply sew them around the edges and either insert a pillow form or fill with stuffing. A really quick easy way to change out decor for cheap!

      • Heather says:

        It makes two pillows or add another interesting fabric to the back for some reversable fun (then you would have 4)!

        • Sheila says:

          They make darling doll dresses. Cut napkin in half. Narrow hem 4″ down on long sides of rectangles to make armholes. Sew side seams together below hems. Make 1/2 inch hem at top of rectangles to make casing. Trim bottom with ruffle, fabric band, lace, braid, ric-rac or whatever suits your fancy. Thread a 15 inch ribbon thru each casing, gather to fit doll’s neck, and tie at shoulders. These work up fast.

    • Karen Newell says:

      I always make rice bags out of napkins. Perfect sized. Just fold, sew most the watt strings, add rice, sew the rest. Microwave or freeze for sore neck muscles.

  6. Kelly says:

    Wow. The lady’s site with the diaper holder really put me off. If you don’t want people to use a pattern to make something to sell, don’t put it online. It’s as simple as that. Craziness. Thanks for the other awesome ideas! I am in the market for a sewing machine now, and once I find one, LOOK OUT!!

  7. Phyllis says:

    Hi, Love your site! Do you have any doll patterns, I have a new grand daughter and would love to make her a doll with all the dresses.

  8. Ruth Zeisloft says:

    You are amazing Now if you could tell us how to get more time to do all these wonderful things, Thanks so much

    • Diane says:

      Hand sewn projects can be tucked in a baggie to carry in purse or pocket. Work on them while you wait…for a meal, a ride, a break at work, ballgame, etc.
      I am making a collection of straight pin/needle holding pads that can be safety pinned to a shirt or the quilt block materials we will pass out to interested people to stitch and return while they are waiting… in the hospital or at home. Our group will turn these blocks into more quilts to distribute to patients in the Palliative Care program for people in the hospital with a final diagnosis.

  9. Ruth Gange says:

    I made the quilted bowl from another issue and except for the beautiful
    embroidery work she did, mine looks exactly like hers. The directions are
    right on and easy to follow. I’m so proud of it.

  10. Barbara DeBella says:

    You have a wonderful site. I now need patterns for sun glass cases? Any help you can furnish is appreciated. Thank you

  11. Catherine Cleveland says:

    I love this! thank you for all the work put into it!

  12. Susan Butterfield says:

    I’ve come up with a great idea to reuse old pillows. I firstly laundere them to freshen them up and use the old stuffing/packing for pin cushions toys etc. i’ve found it a great alternative than going out and buying filling which can be expensive. Hope you find this useful. Tip Nut is a great site for ideas and tips. many thanks.
    Susan (Ire.)

  13. Susan Butterfield says:

    Many thanks to Tip-Nut, i look forward to my weekly updates for more great ideas, keep up the great work. many thanks. Susan

  14. Colleen says:

    Just wanted to also say thanks for the awesome list of what to do with scrap fabric. I am reinspired. Ready to sew. Cheers!

  15. Carina says:

    Thank you so much for compiling this wonderful list of things to make with scrap fabrics!!!

  16. Bev says:

    Hi, love love love your site. I have been trying to find dresses to sew for my English bulldog. Really shirt, very broad girl. Clothes for other breeds even same weight range just do not fit English bulldogs. Can you are any of your readers help k out? She weights 60 lbs, but weight doesn’t really have an issues.
    Thank you in advance and keep up the good work and keep the information coming.
    Bev

  17. Sheila says:

    Thank you for this site. I just made the hair curlers. A fun and easy project that I will be gifting to my long hair relatives and friends.

  18. Trina says:

    Thank you for sharing all of your I wonderful projects.

  19. Dianne Anderson says:

    Maybe I’m just not smart enough. BUT – I hate to follow patterns! (But I can if totally necessary) I figure out stuff by looking at stuff already made, to give me an idea. Then I make it! It may not be as perfect this way, but it’s a lot more fun. Like: eyeglass case. I use the glasses to be ‘cased’ as a measure by wrapping fabric around them. I add seam allowances if it’s sewn, Then just connect the sides. Doubling fabric makes the case more padded. Add a button or Velcro if you want to close it. I also do carpentry, bead work, knit & crochet, paint, gardening -everything to keep busy. All w/no patterns. Working off a picture is so much more FUN!

  20. Rinchen says:

    Use scraps to make door mufflers. Purchase colorful hair elastics and attach each one to the end of a padded rectangle made from scraps. Hang around the door latch to soften the sound of a shutting door.

  21. Lisa says:

    Great collection – thank you for posting!

  22. Jeanette says:

    I can go through ideas and patterns of things to make all day long! What a great site this is! I love to make things, and scrap materials can become a profitable hobby if you can make all these wonderful things with them. It is also a good hobby for people that are not very mobile! Great ideas for gifts, etc. Thank you so much for everyone that send ideas!

  23. JC Strote says:

    Just found a locker box full of material I bought when we were stationed in North Carolina. Lots of polyester double knit. Not sure what to do with it.

  24. DJ RUSSLL says:

    You can make the warmest coverlets from double knit material. It will last for years too, Or donate to a local church and they will make quilts from the material.


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