Fabric Scrap Craft Ideas

Posted on: 11 February 2016

If you've completed a big project, such as making curtains or a piece of clothing, and still have fabric leftover, you can put it to good use. No matter what size or shape the fabric scrap is, you'll be able to transform it into a one-of-a-kind item. Even if you aren't sure what to do with leftover fabric right away, save it for when craft inspiration strikes.

Leftover Fabric Craft Ideas:

 1. A Festive Garland

This project will work especially well if you have several pieces of fabric in different colors and patterns. Simply cut the fabric into similar-size pieces and shapes, or keep them all the same for a more uniform look. Then, either sew or glue the pieces to a long, wide ribbon and hang the craft across a doorway or mantle.

Some garland ideas include alternating red and green fabric pieces for Christmas decor, or purple, green and gold pieces for a Mardi Gras celebration.

2. Unique Bookmarks

If you have small fabric scraps left, use them to cover rectangular pieces of heavy-duty cardboard to create crafty bookmarks. These will make ideal gifts for all of the book lovers in your life.

3. Shabby Chic-Inspired Wreath

You can use small pieces of scrap fabric to make a boutique-worthy wreath to hang on your front door or any wall in your home. Start by cutting the fabric into thin ribbons. The more the colors and patterns contrast, the better this shabby chic craft will look. 

Tie the fabric ribbons around a wire wreath base, completely covering it. Knot each piece in the center, leaving equal amounts at the top and bottom. You can use just as many fabric ribbons as you need to cover the base, or add more to create a fuller look.

4. Fabric-Covered Bangle Bracelets 

Give your tired wood or plastic bangle bracelets an overhaul with the help of fabric. To start, cut a piece of fabric into a long, thin strip and place a dab of hot glue on one end. Press the glue onto the inside of the bracelet until it dries, and then begin wrapping the strip around the bracelet, slightly overlapping the edges as you go. 

If the strip is too long, simply cut it and then glue the other end to the inside of the bracelet to secure it into place. If you made a dress or other clothing item, you can use the leftover fabric to make a coordinating bracelet. 

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