15 uses: Fabric Scraps

If you read 15 uses: often or this is your first time readying it, you probably came across this because you were searching for crafty ways to recycle which would make me assume you are already a crafty minded person. Today’s 15 uses are not from regular household waste but are often part of waste from a crafty lifestyle in textiles. As i mainly work in fabric and sew i always end up with lots of little scraps no matter how cautious i am with my pattern cutting, so i am always looking for new ways to use up the little bits of fabric so they dont go to waste. Here i have found the best of the best for turning fabric scraps in to useful and beautiful pieces for organising, home decoration and parties. So enjoy and get crafting.

5 ideas for organising and crafting

1. If you’ve got lots of fabric then you must have lots of pins, why not turn your scraps into a unique patchwork  pin cushion but dont just stick to squares if you wanna go for more indepth patterns. All you need are two squares made up of lots of little squares that are sewn together, sew the two squares together right sides facing, leaving a small gap, turn inside out and stuff with wadding. Sew up the hole and start sticking your pins in it for your next crafting adventure

2.Make a handy key strap so you never lose your keys at the bottom of your bag and help keep hold of them when you’ve got a million and one things to hold while trying to open the door.  Sew two strips of your desired fabric together, you can make them super neat by sewing inside out and then pulling through the right way, then fold them into two to get a loop, sew the end then sew another line about an inch in so you can slip your keychain through.

3. Uses fabric scraps that are all tied into one long strip to weave baskets to store any clutter or things that are needed to hand. They make a great catch all basket near your front door for keys and letters.

4. Pretty up your notice board by covering drawing pins with fabric and gluing in place at the back. A great way to use even the tiniest bits of fabric.

5.  Though the original tutorial uses paper this would be just as easy with fabric and an easier way to get the covered jam jars you need for your Christmas Chutney. Measure a circle round your jar lid that has an inch extra added around. Snip the extra at equal points around the circle, place the lid in the center and fold the snipped extra into the middle while adding glue to attach. If using for food you may want to add a waxed seal to the center to make sure no glue particles get in to the food.

5 Home decoration ideas

1. Create a rag strip curtain for windows, or even doorways when its hot in summer but you dont want the flys in your house. To make the curtains easier to draw and prevent any choking hazard, sew each length of strips together to make one pieces of fabric rather then separate hanging strips.

2. Use fabrics in similar colours to create a collage cushion decoration. Can brighten up plain covers and uses up lots of little scraps.

3. Create a mobile or wind chime (just add bells) for the garden with lots of little scraps. Make bird shapes, stars or leaves as in the example and hang where you want. If creating a mobile, make sure it is well out of reach of little hands and secured well so it doesn’t create a choking hazard.

4. Cover wire or wooden coast hangers with fabric to make wardrobes pretty and the extra padding will protect clothes.

5. Hexagons are used here but any shapes could be used to make beautiful and washable coasters for your coffee or dining table.

 5 Party ideas

1. Create a word for your party or phrase with wire and then wrap lengths of fabric around the wire to create a statement piece to hang at the party. Make the word big enough to see from a far and glue the ends and frequently around the wire to keep the fabric in place.

2. Make garlands to reach across your room or party area to create inexpensive shabby chic bunting for an instant party feel. Would work if you have lots of scraps but just one garland would do for a mantel piece or door way

3. Create a scrap wreath for your front door or to hand on a picture hook. You could use lots of bright coloured fabrics or use whatever you have and spray paint or even dye to the colour you want.

4. Use scraps to make unique greetings cards for your friends and family. The best thing about making your own cards is that each one can be personalised for the recipient making them extra special.

5. Turn cocktail sticks into mini flags for cakes and pastries on a buffet with a scraps cut into flag shapes and glued to the sticks by rolling round the top of one. They look so cute.

Have you any ideas for you fabric scraps?  I always want more and i’m sure other readers would love to know too. For any of the links check out the pinterest board 15 Uses: Fabric Scraps

Lorna

X xxx

p.s. What did you all get up to on Halloween??

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