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10 Easy Fabric Scrap Projects

These 10 easy fabric scrap projects are budget-friendly, all ages- so gather everyone up and get your creative on! This is an excellent project for kids to use their imaginations while using up your leftover fabric at the same time.

10 easy fabric scrap projects

If you do any sort of sewing or crafting you most likely have lots of fabric scraps. From a shoe box to a storage unit, because we all have various-sized fabric scraps just waiting to be upcycled.

fabric scrap garland

Here are some ideas

Get you thinking cap on, and then start cutting. All these projects are made using stacked circles, but don’t stop there- start cutting out various shapes and see what you can come up with.

For quick connecting of layers, sew the stacks all together with loop-the-loops sewn on the sewing machine. This shows off all the colors and designs playing together and can be made into so many things:

 easy fabric scrap projects

Garlands, leave the circles all sewn and strung together to create a colorful accent. Make multiple garlands to hang on the Christmas tree or in a window, over a doorway or around a wreath.

fabric scrap craft ideas

Framed circles

The fabric is placed under glass, no sewing necessary. Variations: create a scene of some sort (self portrait, favorite place etc.) with other shapes.

Pillow sham

Circles can be machine-stitched or hand-stitched on a decorative pillow cover.

Christmas tree ornaments

Make them attractive on both sides and sew in a piece of ribbon for hanging. For a rounder shape, add stuffing between layers of circles.

 fabric scrap project ideas

The brighter the better, because choosing bright fabric colors will make your design combinations pop!

purse with fabric scrap details

Make stacked circles into flowers, complete with stalks and leaves.

fabric scrap details on a bag

Dress up a plain skirt, purse or bag, or neckline of a t-shirt with stacked circles. Use various stitches on the sewing machine (or hand-stitch into place) because the edges fray when washed and add to the look.

Use buttons to add details (or embroidery stitches) and make the circles look like flowers, faces etc, so many endless options…

fabric scraps quilt

Small quilt

This project is for the more serious project-minded individuals. Add as many squares as you like to change the quilt size or shape. *And excellent handmade gift idea.

For more examples and quilt shapes look here.

These 10 easy fabric scrap project ideas are just the beginning of reducing, reusing and recycling the goods around you.

Any other helpful ideas or tips to add? Please share with a comment!


  1. Patch

    November 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I really love your stacked circles. I did have a little go with some of my own a while ago they were ok but I think I can do better. So many ideas and inspirations for their use here too. Thanks for sharing this. Now I just need some time at my sewing machine.

    1. NoelleOlpin

      November 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Ooh, I want to see what you made with circles… got a picture? 😉

  2. thornegarnet

    November 17, 2012 at 6:26 am

    what a cool idea! Let’s see who has an endless supply of scrap fabric and buttons? Oh, yeah, that would be me.

    1. NoelleOlpin

      November 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

      There’s always some stock of fabric and buttons in a drawer somewhere, at least everyone the I know- I love making ’em useful!

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  4. kalamitykelli

    November 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I am WAY behind on reading posts – So glad I finally got to read this one………I especially like the on framed ones because they don’t require sewing!

    1. NoelleOlpin

      November 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I put that in there just for you and the afraid-of-needles set!

      1. kalamitykelli

        November 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        Thank you for remember us! : ) Love ya and Happy Thanksgiving!

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