Elissa Peterson is a homeschooling mama of 4 who likes to pretend she has her act together. She is passionate about raising creatively empowered, socially aware children.

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5 Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

fabric scraps

We know them, we hate them. We love to hate them. What are we talking about? Those tiny bits of fabric left over from sewing projects. We hold on to fabric scraps because they might be perfect for something, we feel bad because we’re throwing out perfectly good fabric. Plus some of those patterns are just too darned cute (or special, because I used them to make baby clothes for my kids who are not so much babies any longer) to purge.

And we’re too busy to start on another quilt.

So what else can we do with fabric scraps, besides let them take up space in our cupboards?

Personally I just throw the not so special ones in a bucket for my kids to play with. Fabric scraps make great blankies for the Barbie dolls, and opportunities for my girls to practice hand stitching.

But when I’m in a creative funk I love to pull out little bits and oddities to see what they can become.

fabric 2

We’ve made gift bags to use as wrapping paper (hello earth friendly project!)

My youngest made me a bookmark at school. He started out with a square of fabric (folded in half) and glued a cute little ribbon in-between the layers to stick out the top. So cute and easy.

fabric 1


What about gift tags? I’ve also used these as luggage tags. I lost a really cute one somewhere between here and Moscow, so now I only put them on my carry-ons.

Looking for more ways to use up your stash of fabric scraps? Here’s another idea round up I’ve seen recently. So cute!


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  1. Paula Hrbacek 05/31/2013 at 5:49 pm

    I have several scrap crafts in my children’s arts and crafts column in the Examiner. Everyone needs to know enough sewing to be able to mend a garment. My sewing crafts teach those stitches. http://www.examiner.com/childrens-arts-and-crafts-1-in-panama-city/paula-hrbacek

  2. Laurel@Let's Go on a Picnic! 05/31/2013 at 9:41 am

    A few weeks ago, my mom made my daughter a fairy wand out of scraps. She tied a piece of yarn onto the end of a dowel and a few scraps onto the other end of the yarn. My daughter loved it!

  3. Amy Allen Johnson 05/29/2013 at 9:06 am

    You’ve got some nice scraps! I like making fabric buttons, because I’m saving scraps that are coin sized. I think I must really need to purge!