Crafts Using Small Fabric Pieces & Scraps

Updated April 17, 2017

If you've ever completed a sewing project, chances are you've got some leftover fabric scraps. Before long, you may have a pile of oddly shaped fabric scraps you just can't bring yourself to toss, yet there may not be enough to make anything large out of it. Thankfully, there are several crafts you can make out of your fabric scraps.

Potpourri Sachets

Potpourri sachets are a useful way to add a bit of fragrance to a small, enclosed area. With this craft idea from All Things Frugal, use scraps of fabric to create several sachets. For each potpourri sachet, you'll need a 6-by-6-inch piece of scrap fabric. Turn the fabric square so the right side (the side you want facing out) is facing down. Pour some dry potpourri in the centre of the fabric square. You'll need about 2 tbsp of potpourri for each sachet. Gather the corners of the fabric square together, then twist the potpourri part so you end up with the potpourri bunched at the bottom. Secure the fabric with a small rubber band. Tie a 5-inch piece of ribbon around the rubber band

Bean Bags

This craft is a good people, even children, who are just learning to hand sew. You'll need two 5-by-5-inches pieces of fabric. Mix up the fabrics, too, for some interesting bean bag designs. Lay the two scraps on top of each other, so that the right sides are touching. Starting in one corner, hand sew around three of the sides and all but about 2 inches (so you have room to turn the fabric right-side out and fill the bag) of the fourth side. Turn the bag right side out, so the print now faces outward. Craft Elf suggests using a pencil to poke into the corners. Fill most of the bag with either dry rice or dry beans. Stitch the opening closed.

Pencil Holder

Adults and kids may enjoy making this scrap fabric pencil holder from Kaboose. You'll need to wash and dry an empty aluminium can, such as one used for canned vegetables. Paint the outside of the can with white acrylic paint. Let it dry. While the paint dries, mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of white craft glue. When the can is dry, paint a small section of the can with the glue mixture. Add a fabric scrap to the area of glue. Paint over that area again with the glue mixture. Continue until you cover the can completely with fabric scraps. Trim off any excess with scissors. Kaboose suggests overlapping the fabric scraps so none of the white can underneath shows. Once the glue mixture dries, your can will be ready to use.

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