Ways to Use Up Fabric Remnants

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Ways to Use Up Fabric Remnants
A wall hanging made from scraps of Indian fabric. (Indian quilt for sale image by Tasha from Fotolia.com)

Fabric stashes have a way of growing and, as you work your way through various projects, your collection of remnants grows accordingly. The remnants are much too good to throw away but are often too small to use for full-sized projects. There are multiple ways to use up even the smallest scraps of fabric.

Quilted Greeting Cards

Allow your artistic side free rein by creating a beautiful quilted greeting card for a loved one. Add loops to enable it to be turned into a miniature wall-hanging.

Cell Phones and MP3 Player Covers

Make protective cosies for cell phones and iPods. Julie Ree, crafter, has instructions and measurements for three sizes of iPod. These are perfect gifts for anyone, as they can be made as plain or fancy as you like. For children, make them out of scraps of character-print fabrics.

Book Covers

Cover and decorate your favourite hardback books and journals. Mixing two contrasting types of fabric, adding soft embellishments and a button closure creates a sophisticated look. This idea could be extended to create larger covers for folders.


Use fabric remnants in scrapbook layouts. Make fabric frames for photographs. For example, make a fabric background to show off a photo of a child from a scrap or remnant of one of her dresses.

Fabric Journals

Teesha Moore, crafter, suggests creating handmade journals by basting two pieces of fabric together along three sides. Stuff with wadding and sew up the fourth side. Turn over the edges once, leaving the raw edge visible and oversew. When you have a quantity of these little pillows, join them together to form a rectangle. Fold in half and you have a book cover, into which you can sew folded paper pages.

Laptop Sleeves

Make remnants into sophisticated or homespun laptop sleeves. They look great and you can pad them as much as you wish to protect your laptop or netbook. Add in pockets for related computer or office items you need to carry around with you.

Traditional Patchwork Quilt

Save up your fabric remnants and make a future family heirloom quilt. This would make a lovely gift for a newly married couple. Make a small one for a baby's crib.

More Suggestions

Other ideas include: wall hangings, rag rugs, fabric coasters, wallet covers, a diaper case, small toys, make-up bags, egg cosies, lavender bags, CD pockets and padded hangers.

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