30 Simple Sewing Projects to Use Up Your Scraps

By: Sari Lesk, editor for

Every crafter eventually builds up a pile of scraps from other projects. It can be tempting to simply throw out all those leftover scraps, but think of all the money you'd be wasting and all the projects you'd miss out on. Instead of trashing the fabric scraps, put them to use in any number of creative ways. These projects are perfect for anyone who is looking for what to make with fabric scraps. Check out these sewing tutorials to find scrap-busting ideas you are sure to love. There is no better way to save money while creating free sewing patterns and sewing project ideas than to use up old scraps.

No matter how many scraps you have or how big the scraps in your pile may be, we have the scrap busting sewing project idea that is going to turn that clutter into a classic piece you will adore. You can make just about anything from scrap fabric with the right tutorial. From itty bitty fabric flowers to stunning quilting patterns, scraps are the kind of trash that you can easily transform into treasure.


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30 Simple Sewing Projects to Use Up Your Scraps
Table of Contents

Homemade Accessories Using Leftover Scraps
Refashioning Clothes with Fabric Scraps
Free Bag Patterns to Use Up Your Scraps
DIY Home Decor Using Fabric Scraps
Scrap-Busting Projects for Your Kitchen Needs
Patchwork Tutorials to Bust Those Scraps
Other Scap Busting Ideas

Homemade Accessories Using Leftover Scraps

Scrappy Fabric Flower

Rather than break the bank to build up a collection of accessories, use your fabric scraps to sew some homemade accessories instead. These seven projects are perfect for people looking to accessorize themselves and their dogs -- yes, their dogs -- on a budget.

1. 5 Minute Scrap Yo-Yos

2. Double Sided Headband Tutorial

3. iPod Sleeve from Sample Scraps

4. Puppy Love Dog Bandana

5. Scrap Fabric Flower Pin

6. Scrappy Fabric Flower

7. Scrappy Felt iPad Cover



Refashioning Clothes with Fabric Scraps

Scrapped Applique Heart Shirt

If you're tired of your clothes but don't want to dip into your bank account for a new wardrobe, try some clothing refashion projects instead. You can use up your fabric scraps to give your plain and boring clothes a brand new look.

8. Fast and Lazy Linen Shorts

9. Scrapped Applique Heart Shirt

10. Scrappy Floral Skirt

11. Scrappy Spring Skirt


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Free Bag Patterns to Use Up Your Scraps

jazzed up Grocery Bag

Fabric scraps are the perfect place to look when you're in the market for a new bag. Check out these sewing tutorials to learn how to sew a bag using your pile of leftover scraps.

12. Jazzed Up Grocery Bag

13. Scrappy Sling Bag

14. A Handibag From a Pillowcase



DIY Home Decor Using Fabric Scraps

You don't have to break out the checkbook to give your home a fabulous new feel. Rather than buy new products at the retail price, try these DIY home decorating projects to put your fabric scraps to use.

15. 5 Minute Scrap Fabric Birds

16. Braided Scrap Coasters

17. Rainbow Bath Towel



Scrap-Busting Projects for Your Kitchen Needs

Altered OVen Mitts

You can easily makeover your kitchen without spending a cent. Add some new items and refashion some old items for your cooking haven by delving into your pile of leftover scraps.

18. Altered Oven Mitts

19. Scrapbuster Potholder

20. Scrappy Patchwork Placemats



Patchwork Tutorials to Bust Those Scraps

Patchwork Kitchen Mat 

Learn the art of patchwork by following along with these easy tutorials. You'll love sewing new clothes, accessories and more that clear out that ever-growing pile of fabric scraps.

21. Patchwork Belt Tutorial

22. Patchwork Circle Skirt

23. Patchwork Kitchen Mat

24. Patchwork Pencil Case



Other Scrap Busting Ideas

DIY Fabric Covered Buttons

Use scrap fabrics to make these adorable easy sewing projects. These are great little details to add to any of your sewing projects.

25. No-Sew Fabric Covered Buttons

26. Tattered Flowers for Embellishment

27. Composition Book Cover

28. Pressing Aid Tutorial

29. Easy Button Rings

30. DIY Fabric Covered Buttons


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