11 ideas for your scraps

11 ideas for using fabric scraps

I’ve scoured the interwebs to find awesome scrap sewing projects and ideas for you plus a tutorial from me that I’m excited to share.  You might notice that pincushions, an ideal scrap fabric project and essential tool, are missing from this list.  I’m planning a whole separate post later this month devoted to pincushions. 

PS – If you haven’t already check out the 2019 scrap festival project list. And there are 4 more project ideas here.


11  ideas  for your scraps

scrap fabric feather tutorial

1. Pieced Feathers – Easy to do and you could make all sorts of things with them – the tutorial is great.

2. Sashiko Sampler Potholders – They are lovely and a great opportunity to try sashiko stitching.

embroidered house sachets

3. Little House Sachets – So sweet! Every detail is just right. And I get almost as excited about a good smell as I do about scraps.

And two more for the kitchen:

4. Acorn pot holder – make a pot holder or just follow the clever piecing directions and make a little acorn bag. What’s cuter than a patchwork acorn?

5. And everybody needs this pot handle cover.

scrap quilt tutorial

6. Potluck Quilt – for the most ambitious among you. I want to make this and I definitely have enough scraps. I feel like it’s a good long term project, good early morning work.

7. Squircles…. I love the idea of appliquéing these hand cut imperfect shapes and playing with color etc. There are squircles in my future.

free bug doll sewing pattern

8. Picnic bugs – I made you a tutorial for these cheerful bugs – it’s perfect for little scraps.

patchwork ball diy

9. Hexie Ball – such an interesting way to sew a 3 dimensional shape. Abby Glassenberg has a great tutorial.

10. Scrap Table Runner – I love Amy’s easy technique – it pretty much quilts itself, so clever.

11. Bow garland – This garland is as simple as it gets and it’s great for really tiny scraps that you couldn’t possibly part with. It’s so simple and would be sweet  and magical in a little girl’s room.

Bonus scrap idea!

Make French Hens! the nesting box is made using this free tutorial. The chickenizing details are there too. And get the wobbler pattern (that’s what the body is made from) on sale!

bird sewing pattern


Check my free pattern page for more ways to use your awesome scraps.

If you’ve got a great scrap project idea share it in the comments!



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  1. Claire Amirault

    I’m so excited! Have to make the bugs and chickens…

  2. Julie C Parrish

    I love all of these ideas! I just started making duffel bags (aka gym bags) to use some nice upholstery fabric pieces, and lined them with a scrappy mishmash of leftover scraps in coordinating colors! I’m so pleased with the pop of color and pattern when the bag is opened.

  3. Debbie Miller

    LOVE this post! I am definitely a keeper of scraps-even the scraps too small for anything. Enjoyed all the ideas. I made hand appliqued circle blocks-one a day-several years ago but haven’t made the quilt yet. I even saved the circles from the background fabrics I trimmed away and am slowly making yo-yos with them.

  4. fiddlesticks, i missed the swap
    these are such cute ideas
    thank you
    especially for the buggy picnic friends

  5. UGH!!! I missed the SWAP!!!:( I have a boat load of scraps to hand out to people! I hope you will do this again soon! I am making valentine hearts out of my scraps this year to hand out to my friends.
    Your work is just precious and I look forward to reading what you’re sewing up!

  6. I thought I had signed up but find nothing in any of my email folders….

    • Hi Tina, I’m sorry but you are not on the list. I just double checked the spread sheet.

  7. […] as I have been busy selecting a package of scraps to send to the USA. I’m participating in Ann Wood’s International Scrap Swap, part of her Scrap Festival – more on that in another post. So, inspired by Ann, instead of […]

  8. Denise Miller

    I have so much fun on your website. My “flying bug” makes a great pin cushion. I make felt bluebirds – now I am going to make the “nesting box” for them. I have started growing my own lavender, so now I will have the next little house for friends and family.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us who love to sew little projects. Looking forward to the next new scraps projects.

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