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10 easy holiday crafts (using fabric scraps)

Enhance family time over the holidays by incorporating a project into the schedule. These projects are budget-friendly, all ages- so gather everyone up and get your creative on!
If you do any sort of sewing or crafting you most likely have a container- either a shoe box and maybe a storage unit- full of various-sized fabric scraps just waiting to be utilized.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking, and then 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 I sewed the stacks all together with loop-the-loops sewn on the sewing machine, this shows off all the colors and designs and can be made into so many things:
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.

Framed circles– 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 to the sham. Christmas tree ornaments– be sure to 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.

The brighter the better, choose fabric colors and designs that pop!

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

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) and let the edges fray when washed.

Use buttons to add details (or embroidery stitches) and make the circles look like flowers, faces etc.

Small quilt– for the more serious project-minded individuals. And excellent handmade gift idea. For more examples and quilt shapes look here.

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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