10 Classy Ways to use Fabric Scraps

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

Today I’m bringing you the first in a new series on classy things to create with leftover scraps.  Sometimes you have fabric that is so special for one reason or another that you can’t bear to throw away the scraps.  For the purpose of this series, we’re going to call scraps anything smaller than a fat quarter.  So let’s get started.

#1 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A fabric map

Embroidered United States Map

In the past we’ve made several fancy projects using scraps.  Allegra created a series of custom United States maps using Liberty of London scraps.  This project uses teeny tiny bits of fabric scraps.

#2 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A patchwork skirt

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Twice I’ve made the Patchwork Twirl Skirt for Annie from many, many small pieces of fabric.  Once from Cotton & Steel fabric pieces, and once from Brambleberry Ridge fabric pieces.

#3 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A mini quilt

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

This mini quilt was also made from fabric scraps.  In fact, paper piecing is a great way to use fabric scraps.

#4 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A feature appliqué

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

An appliqué with a fussy cut fabric panel is a very classy way to use up scraps.  The border print fabric I designed is especially great for this use.  For this hoodie (which I made for my Mom for Mother’s Day) uses one radiograph flower cluster from the Shy Pink color way.  I simply zig zagged the edges on over the top of the front of the Lane Raglan Hoodie I sewed for her.  (She had never worn French Terry fabric before and is a new convert!)

#5 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Reverse Appliqué

feather boa flamingo

Another way to use appliqué and scraps is with reverse appliqué, like we did on this flamingo dress.  We used scraps for the yoke and the reverse appliqué flamingo.

#6 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Sew Together Bag

Rainbow Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

All the fabrics for the Sew Together Bag are cuts of a fat quarter or smaller.  We’ve made this bag 3 times, one rainbow version, one earthy version, and one Liberty of London version.

#7 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A pincushion

Liberty of London fabric swap gifts made by Skirt Fixation

Pincushions are the perfect way to use small scraps of special fabrics in a classy way.  We’ve made pear shaped pincushions, turtle shaped pincushions, and hexagon shaped pincushions.

#8 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Pockets

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe sweet Forest Friends pockets are one of our favorite classy ways to use fabric scraps.  In fact they are so cute, you might want to go out of your way to get new fabric for them, but the point of this post is using scraps in a classy way!

#9 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Clutch

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt FixationThe Curvy Clutch uses less than fat quarter cuts of fabric.  We’ve made the Curvy Clutch so many times it would be hard to remember and link them all!  But this photo is of a set of Star Wars themed ones for sale in our Etsy Shop.

#10 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Caps

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Newsboy Cap uses slightly more than a fat quarter for a full size version, but these caps I made for my boys in scaled down sizes used less than a Fat Quarter!  And it doesn’t get much classier than a little boy in a Newsboy Cap…

BONUS! #11 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Doll/Bear Clothes

Harrods Bear in rain jacket

Doll and bear clothes are a great way to use fabric scraps in a classy way because you can use them to make matching clothes for a child and their toy.  Allegra did a whole series on the clothes she made for Annie’s bear for her birthday one year using fabric scraps leftover from making Annie’s clothes.

Alright, that’s it for this time.  Leave a comment letting us know what you do with fabric scraps you can’t bear to throw away.

Published by skirtfixation

Audrey, a mom of 9, sews and blogs at Skirt Fixation, your home for everything skirt related! There's lots of other sewing goodness too...after all can't leave the boys out of sewing adventures! She also designs and sells pattern through Project Run & Play.

One thought on “10 Classy Ways to use Fabric Scraps

  1. What a beautiful pincushion, and the flamingo looks fantastic! These are all great ideas. It’s so true that there are times that fabric is so lovely/precious that even the tiniest scraps are worth saving. I made one of my favorite necklaces from a scrap of Liberty that I quilted and beaded, and I’ve made patchwork belts for my boys from scraps too. Bigger scraps get made into headbands to go into Operation Christmas Child boxes.


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