Scrap Happy: More Than 50 Fabric Scraps & Remnant Ideas

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!
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.
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.
Camera Strap: Made with squares of pretty fabric and fusible fleece.

Keychain: Great stashbuster that you can embellish any number of ways. Lots of ideas are also listed on this page.
Wristlet: Pattern pieces available via free pdf download.

No-Sew Sachets: Stuffed with potpourri, lavender flowers or balsam fir needles. More ideas are found here.
DIY Bobby Pins: Covered buttons are attached to bobby pins with pads.

Business Card Holder: Supplies include fusible fleece, small hair elastic and a button.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
Reusable Snack Bags: Made using material from a vinyl tablecloth.

Embroidered Buttons: Stitch on a piece of fabric before covering buttons, either sketch your own designs or use the print as a pattern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gadget Pouch: Has a fold over flap with a ribbon to hold item securely.

Coasters: Padded with batting.
Keychain Wallet/Purse: Keep ID, coins, folded bills, and other bits in this sweetie.

Coin Purse: Made with a gold purse frame and pretty fabric (lined).
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.
Ship Ahoi: A sweet toy boat with ribbon taggies along the edges.

Bracelets: Strips of fabric are sewn and braided to make a cuff, then crafty bling added for embellishment.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
Diaper Strap Tutorial: Sew a simple strap to hold diapers together, velcro closure with button embellishment.

Cloth Baby Shoes: Could these be any cuter? Free pdf download.
Pencil Case: Made with home decor weight fabric, duck cloth or canvas, the round ends are finished in a contrasting piping.

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

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    • joanne sage

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

      • Linda

      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

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

      • Imalee

      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.

        • Tina

        I do not sew…but I think that even I can make this! How clever! Thanks for sharing.

      • Sarah

      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

    • TipNut

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

    • Allison Howard

    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!

    • Clerissa

    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

      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

      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

      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!!

    • Janelle

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

      • Heather

      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

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

          • Sheila

          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

      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.

    • Kelly

    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!!

    • Phyllis

    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.

    • Ruth Zeisloft

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

      • Diane

      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.

    • Ruth Gange

    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.

    • Barbara DeBella

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

    • Catherine Cleveland

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

    • Susan Butterfield

    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.)

      • Shannon

      This is a fantastic idea. Reusing the pillow filling. (Thanks!)

    • Susan Butterfield

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

    • Colleen

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

    • Carina

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

    • Bev

    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.

      • Susan

      Any luck finding patterns for English bullgods? I’ve also tried to find or make a pattern too.

    • Sheila

    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.

    • Trina

    Thank you for sharing all of your I wonderful projects.

    • Dianne Anderson

    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!

    • Rinchen

    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.

    • Lisa

    Great collection – thank you for posting!

    • Jeanette

    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!

    • JC Strote

    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.


    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.

      • kathi

      The very first quilt I ever made was from double knits back in the late 60’s.Dh was in viet nam I needed things to do after the kids were down for the night.I and my next door gf,got together and cut out a bunch of blocks,then sewed them together.I don’t think we even put any batting in it,what did we know.We backed them with sheets.

      Those were as the op said the warmest covers.When I got tired of it my kids tok it over,then my oldest son threw it in the back of his car where it resided for years and made many trips to the beach and parks.I remember just one time during all those years putting a new back on it.Memories!1

    • UGLY Socks

    Any tips for UGLY scraps of cloth like old socks that are pilled & torn? Other than uneven filling for door stops & such there’s no tips online for what to do with them. Seems such a waste to toss in the trash…I’ve got 5 kitchen bags full of them waiting for a new life!

      • Jannie

      I use worn out pilled socks and socks with holes in them to do my dusting and cleaning. Just slip them over your hand, and presto you have a wonderful “rag” to clean with. Then just throw it away or wash if you wish. I keep a bag under the sink in each bathroom and the kitchen so I always have one handy to use.

    • Debbie

    Great site! I am looking for ideas to use the lining from clothes I have bought and repurposed for other things. I have washed the lining fabric, which washes and dries in the dryer nicely, but I haven’t been able to come up with or find any ideas for using it. I have thought of fabric flowers, but most of the colors are dark, so I would like some other ideas to use the lining fabric for. Thanks for any suggestions.

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