Save 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!
Business Card Holder: Supplies include fusible fleece, small hair elastic and a button.
Covered Tape Measure: Tutorial via free pdf download.
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.).
Envelope Bag: A sweet little pouch with a button and loop closure, use to carry small utensils and other goodies.
Dresden Petal Handbag: Template included, you’ll need 14 strips using 7 different fat quarter scraps.
Embroidered Buttons: Stitch on a piece of fabric before covering buttons, either sketch your own designs or use the print as a pattern.
Glasses Case: Features a foldover tab with button & elastic closure.
Checkbook Cover: Features a sweet fabric ruffle embellishment across the top.
Coasters: Padded with batting.
Coin Purse: Made with a gold purse frame and pretty fabric (lined).
Tissue Cozy: A basic design using four coordinating pieces of fabric.
Bracelets: Strips of fabric are sewn and braided to make a cuff, then crafty bling added for embellishment.
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).
Keyboard Wrist Rest: Make these any size you like, filled with rice, template download available.
DIY Stickers/Tape: Easy to make and useful for wrapping, these are made with double sided adhesive tape.
Hair Curlers: A small amount of polyester stuffing is used to shape the curlers, you’ll also need a button and some thread.
How To Make A Yo-Yo: These are used to embellish all kinds of things (totes, quilts, hair clips, etc.).
Cloth Baby Shoes: Could these be any cuter? Free pdf download.
Jean Cuffs: Add a fun print at the cuff and buttons in a complimentary color.
Closet Tags: Fabric pieces in a variety of colors are used, along with Heat N Bond Ultra (no sew), ribbon and pinking shears.
Quilted Bouquet Cozy: A sweet little project made with assorted fabric pieces, cotton batting, coordinating ribbon and grommets.
Glam Makeup Brushes: You can also use decorative paper with this, sealed with a coat of Mod Podge.
Braided Rag Bags: Can use repurposed items (such as t-shirts, ripped denim) and leftover material/prints with different textures and colors.