Fabric scraps, what to do with them? Well, you’re in luck because there are over a hundred sewing projects for you to upcycle your leftover fabric. Check out these amazing ideas below:
101 Clever Sewing Projects To Upcycle Fabric Scraps
Brilliant Ways You Can Use Leftover Fabric Scraps
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These tiny key chains look more adorable when embellished with button flowers and felt monograms! And, you can also sew whatever other designs and patterns you can think of.
3. Balm Holder
Make a little lip balm holder from fabric remnants, and clip it to your key chain. Or, add a swivel clip and hook it onto a purse buckle.
Sew this SD card holder for a perfect DIY gift. Your friends will appreciate it more if you insert an SD card or anything camera-related. Keep your SD card safe so you can save photos for Instagram or Twitter!
This is a great sewing project that uses only a tiny amount of fabric remnants.
Easy to make, and the perfect size for slipping into a purse, this makes for a great Mother’s Day gift. Also, school-aged children can place this in their backpacks for hygienic purposes.
7. Baby Bibs
Make use of your quality fabric remnants in creating bibs for your babies. Have fun and enjoy sewing for your little bundles of joy!
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This is one of the best party gift ideas! It can hold your lipstick, lip balm, or anything else like pins, coins, and clips.
If you want a bag for your essential things like your phone, keys, wallet, and cards, this is one of the best DIY ideas! Sew this bag with a couple of zipper compartments to help you organize your things better.
10. Baby Headbands
These cute hair pieces are perfect for any little girls. Just get some unused strips of fabric, and make this headband for your precious little girl!
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Gather fabric scraps and create a one-of-a-kind belt like this. It adds vibrant color to your daughter’s outfit.
Protect your sunglasses by placing them in this case made from fabric strips. Mix n’ match your scraps of fabric for a fabulous sunglasses case.
13. Lampshade Cover
Upcycle your lamp shade by using fabric scraps as a cover! Sew life to it by using different fabric strips colors and patterns.
14. Tea Towel
Since these towel ideas are so simple to make, sew some nice embroidery to make them adorable.
15. Picture Frame
If you’re looking for adorable gift ideas for your favorite couple, look no further. You can give this with their picture inside.
Make use of every bit of your scraps of fabric by making this handmade fabric necklace.
Make this bag and create your own design using fat quarters of fabric scraps. You can use this bag in January, December, summer, or spring.
19. Mason Jar Covers
First, put your jams, jellies, and other preserved dishes in these mason jars. Then, decorate the lids by putting pretty sewn fabrics on top and securing with a ribbon tie. These are also great gift ideas.
20. Fabric Bowl
Before starting on this fabric bowl, you need to learn the zigzag stitch. A zigzag stitch holds the rows together as you coil the rope around to form a bowl.
21. Fabric Bracelets
Arts ‘n crafts and fashion can go hand-in-hand! Just check out these fun, DIY bracelets made from strips of fabric. You’ll enjoy making this easy and fun sewing project.
22. Birthday Banner
Looking for birthday decoration ideas? Then look no further! This DIY birthday banner adds some much-needed color to the celebration. Gather scraps of fabric and get your sewing machine ready to sew!
23. Tutu Skirt
Another example of style and arts ‘n crafts meeting, this is one of the best sewing projects for your little girl. She’ll look adorable in this skirt, and she’ll love to play with it.
These stockings made from scraps of fabric will put your home in a cheerful Christmas mood. You could enlarge the pattern and make the stockings any size you like.
25. Fabric Gift Tags
These DIY gift tags will add a lovely personal touch to your presents. Making these will also help you get rid of excess fabric remnants. You can use whatever fabric you have.
26. Sewing Kit
When you have scraps of fabric from other projects, don’t throw them away. Instead, collect your scraps and make a mini sewing kit that you can carry with you for sewing emergencies.
27. Coffee Cozy
This sewing project is easy-to-make, and a great gift idea for your friends.
28. Fabric Bow
These fabric bows are super easy! The best part about it is that you can choose your preferred size because you’re the one creating it.
29. Cord Keeper
Use your fabric scraps to sew something useful like this handy cord keeper. Sew as many as you need to keep your cables at home neat and organized.
30. Fabric Flower
All you need are fabric scraps, thread, and a button to sew a fabric flower. This DIY project can serve as decorations in any celebration!
31. Napkin Rings
Dress your dining table with these simple-to-make napkin rings. Make this gorgeous napkin ring with scraps of fabric in multiple colors and textures to suit any occasion. Or, make a set to give as a special gift.
Try your best to use up all your fabric scraps. Scrunchies are an easy and quick way to use up those scraps!
33. Passport Cover
To sew this, you’ll only need scraps of fabric, a sewing machine and half hour of your time.
34. Sanitizer Jacket
This sanitizer jacket is a great scrap upcycling project. A DIY jacket will also make for a great Mother’s Day gift, or a birthday gift for any friend.
This eye mask just needs a little fabric, some patterns, and some elastic. It’s also very easy to sew.
36. Lavender Sachets
Lavender sachets smell fabulous. For an extra classy touch, you can make them out your favorite designer fabric. It’s an awesome way to use up those pretty fabric scraps, too!
These are super easy to make, and will be a great birthday present.
These Mini Bunny Pillows are fun to hand stitch and can be made with the smallest of fabric scraps. If you’d like them to scent your drawers or wardrobe, include some dried lavender to make them smell as sweet as they look.
With some fabric scraps and a sewing machine, you can definitely do this!
Pot holders are extremely important. Making potholders out of your fabric scraps is not only fun but will allow you to safely enjoy cooking your favorite treats.
41. Ruffle Necklace
Looks fabulous with old fabric scraps! A pretty cotton fabric would look more casual and is safe for everyday use.
Who doesn’t love super simple DIY projects that use up fabric scraps like this? Wear these cute earrings for a Valentine’s Day dinner, or for any occasion!
43. Burp Cloths
Making burp cloths is fast and easy. Save money and make use of plain fabric scraps. You can also sew a patch on the top or decorate it with a small scrap of fabric.
Zipper pouches are one of the best quick projects of all time! They are perfect for using up scraps, storing little things, and are super easy to create. Just toss in a gift card and you are good to go!
45. CD Holder
Think of the best fabric color and style combination, then sew them together according to your design. This is such a lovely idea to use your scraps.
46. Lunch Bag
This is a very useful bag made from leftover fabrics where you can place your packed lunch.
47. Sandwich Bag
Fill these bags with sandwiches, crackers, and any other goodies! This scrap bag shows there’s a lot to do with fabric remnants!
It’s time to make your things organized! A smart idea for decluttering your tiny stuff at home.
49. Fabric Garland
Craftaholics Anonymous gives us one of the best party decor ideas! Gather your extra fabric scraps, and sew them into a beautiful garland.
50. Kid’s Slippers
These slippers are so adorable, and your kids are sure to love them. Make yours like this and embellish with buttons and little fabric scraps.
51. Table Runner
Choose some fabric scraps that will best suit your dining table. Also, you’ll need some fat quarters of extra fabric for this.
You can craft these hairpins all by yourself!. Embellish them with those lovely fancy beads and pearls to make them look more attractive.
Create a stylish apron from those colorful fabric scraps! This is a lovely and useful idea.
54. Mug Rug
Grab your favorite drink and have this mug rug ready.
55. Bifold Wallet
If you’re unsure of what to do with your quality fabric remnants, why not sew this cute DIY wallet?
Even the beginner sewer can make this baby headband. You just need to safely choose the right fabric for your baby.
57. Gathered Clutch
You can sew this handy, feminine clutch for your keys, coins, and other small objects. Or, you can make a bigger version from scraps of fabric.
58. Scrappy Bedding
Look at what your fabric scraps can become! Fabulous and stylish beddings! But, you’ll need a lot of excess fat quarters for this one.
59. Cellphone Holder
Make this pretty phone wallet for yourself with small fabric scraps!
60. Fabric Letters
If you enjoy teaching your kids. you’ll also enjoy sewing these fabric letters for them. They look pretty, and they’re also great educational materials!
61. Beverage Holder
Learn to sew this beverage holder, create a lot, and use them for parties too!
Make this tiny zippered scrap bag for your clips and other small objects. Such a lovely idea, right?
64. Throw Pillow
This is one of those perfect ideas for summer and spring! If you want to give your home some lively colors, get into your scraps of fabric and start sewing!
65. TV Cover
Don’t you love to see a television with a cover? It looks neat and more organized!
These tiny, thin daily liners are easy to make and give you a comfortable feeling at home.
If you have fabric scraps that are red, white and blue, you can sew and a wreath. Then, keep it hanging on the 4th of July. Also, use different patterns and colors to make wreaths for different occasions!
A clever sewing project for your wipes and baby’s diaper.
69. Flip Flops
Do you have an old pair of flip flops which could use a second life? Then use your extra strips of fabric to give them a touch of color. They’ll look perfect for your summer beach getaway.
If you’re a sewing beginner, this might be the project for you! Bookmarks are fun, useful, and easy-to-make.
71. Baby Blanket
Start quilting with your scrap fabrics! You can use different quilt patterns to sew wonderful, warm blanket for your baby.
72. Pencil Case
Learn how to make this pencil case and sew your own from those useful scraps of fabric! You can also use it as your makeup organizer.
73. Pillow Case
Be creative in sewing your pillow case by using this fun idea. These fabric scraps also look like scattered butterflies.
Make use of your quality scrap fabrics by creating a fashionable skirt like this one. It’s fun and you’ll love it because it’s unique.
75. Pants Extension
Create something that will make your kid’s old pants look new, unique and stylish by simply sewing extensions on them.
76. Map Of the USA
Feeling a bit patriotic? Now you’ve got an idea! The map of America. So, if you’re fond of doing crafts like this, you can start yours now.
77. Grocery Bag
Give yourself a stylish look by having this stylish grocery bag. Have your fabric scraps, thread, and sewing machine ready.
These beautiful, embellished bathroom towels can be made out of your old fabric scraps.
79. Twirler Dress
These dresses just show how incredibly you can turn those scraps of fabric into fashion! Who says that arts ‘n crafts can’t be stylish?
If you want everything inside your kitchen to look awesome, try this altered oven mitts idea. They are comfortable to wear, and you’ll love them.
81. iPod Sleeve
If you have strips of scrap leather, then you can make this iPod sleeve. It’s easy to make and very useful for your iPod or gadgets.
What a brilliant gift to make for your dog!
Add some DIY flair to your plain old skirts. With some strips of fabric scraps, you can make any old garment fashionable!
84. Fabric Shorts
Like skirts, denim shorts also benefit from some much-needed fabric scraps of color.
85. Patchwork Belt
Want to add some style to your outfit? Pick up some scraps of fabric and start sewing this belt!
86. Tattered Flowers
You should know how to create ruffles first, so you can create these tattered flowers.
This would make a great gift for teachers. You can also give this to your kid to help him better organize.
This tray is an easy sewing project from scraps that any beginner sewer can make.
We love this idea of a zipper-designed coin purse from fabric scraps. You can make as many as you want and you give these as gifts.
Upcycle your used jars and fabric scraps into something stylish and useful like this fabric scrap bow jar.
91. Pieces Dolls
Learning how to make a doll out of your fabric scraps is brilliant, and something that your little girls will adore.
A fun thing to make, and such a wonderful plaything for your kids.
Get rid of scrap fabrics by making cute, tiny rugs like these.
This flower hair accessory can be attached to a barrette, headband, clip, or hair elastic.
Isn’t it fun to look at these DIY Easter eggs? Well then make yours now and enjoy!
96. Drawstring Bag
Sew this drawstring bag to carry things you need as you’re on the go.
This keyboard wrist rest is perfect for those who are always in front of the computer and typing a lot.
98. DIY Bunnies
This is a quick and easy project for Easter.
99. Food Covers
Creating food covers is a wonderful way to use your fabric scraps.
100. Embellished Shirt
Create a new look for your old shirt by attaching a design to it.
101. Red Dress
With the right combination of fabric, you can come up with this fantastic dress style.
Fabric scraps shouldn’t just be thrown away and forgotten. You can still sew a lot of lovely patterns and designs from fabric remnants. So get to sewing!
Do you have any other ideas to use up old fabric scraps? Please let us know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016, and has been updated for relevance.