If you sew, you likely have a pile of scraps leftover from projects. Many people throw away their remnant fabrics, but they have uses for other projects. You can make objects, clothes and decorations using fabric remnants. You can even purchase remnants at a fabric store or online. Using leftover fabrics can save money and make reusable and unique gifts and accessories.
Remnants are useful when making objects for home decor because you typically do not need a great deal of fabric. Make table runners or napkins from scraps. Use larger pieces or sew smaller pieces together to make pillow covers. Make book and lampshade covers with remnants. Place remnants inside embroidery hoops and hang them on the wall. Put a few scraps inside a photo frame and cover with matting with a cutout shaped like a flower so the scraps show through the cutouts. Create a patchwork of remnants to make a blanket or rug.
Clothing and Accessories
You may think that remnants cannot be used to make clothes, but using a patchwork technique, you can mix and match remnants to make a larger piece of fabric with which to work. Make an apron, skirt, dress or top. One of the best uses for remnants is to make accessories. Make reusable bags like totes, diaper bags or make-up bags. Make an iPod cover or container, pincushions, wallets, coin purses, key chains, oven gloves, potpourri pillows or headbands. Use remnants for appliques or patches.
Use fabric remnants for stationery objects like fabric envelopes or quilted cards. Attach pieces of fabric to card stock using glue. Use a sewing machine to sew the edges of a rectangle of fabric, leaving a flap open at the top that folds over. Put your handmade card inside this fabric envelope. Use smaller pieces of fabric to make bookmarks. Glue fabric to paper objects to make ornaments.
Use remnants to make toys like small stuffed animals. Follow a pattern to make an animal and stuff it with quilt batting or beans. Use leftover buttons or trim for eyes, tails or other animal parts. Stuff animal-shaped crafts with potpourri for a cute and fragrant decoration. Remnants are also useful for making doll clothes. Cover old boxes with fabric and use the boxes to store toys and games.
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