Top 10 FREE Scrap Busting Projects for 2022

No matter how hard you try, it seems that sewing projects nearly always end up resulting in scraps.

If you’re like us, you don’t like to waste those precious pieces of fabric. So today, we’re sharing our top ten favourite scrap busting projects inspired by makers across the internet!

Which of these have you tried? Or do you have a favourite scrap buster that we’ve missed? Let us know!


1. Fabric Scrap Earrings

Accessorise your handmade outfit with a matching pair of scrap earrings - genius!

Fabric Scrap Earrings by Amy Nicol Studio
Fabric Scrap Earrings by Amy Nicol Studio

 

2. Make your own fabric

Make your own fabric and use it to construct a totally unique garment or choose to make a wall hanging or art piece. 

Make your own fabric by Stichesbyjulia

Make your own fabric by Stichesbyjulia

 

3. Hair scrunchie

Don’t waste a piece of luxury fabrics like silk instead use your scraps to make high end hair scrunchies. 

Hair scrunchie by Melly Sews

Hair scrunchie by Melly Sews

 

4. Exercise Hair Band

Leftover knit fabrics? Try this simple tutorial to make headbands that are perfect for holding back flyaways during your workout or just lounging around at home…

Exercise Hair Band from Stay Fit Mom

Exercise Hair Band from Stay Fit Mom

 

5. Fabric Plant Bucket

We love this project for sturdier scraps of denim or heavier weight twills. Give some love to your plant babies by making them a custom plant bucket to live in!

Fabric Plant Bucket from Helens Closet Patterns

Fabric Plant Bucket from Helens Closet Patterns

 

6. Floor Pouf

This project eats scraps for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner! Fill it with scraps and make yourself a pouf for your home!

 

Floor Pouf from Closet Core Patterns

 

Floor Pouf from Closet Core Patterns

 

7. Improv quilting

Choose from your more stable scraps to sew up an organic, no rules quilt. 

Improv quilting by Gnome Angel

Improv quilting by Gnome Angel

 

8. Drawstring bag

Gift bags, luggage organisation, toy storage… the list of uses for drawstring bags goes on and on. 

Drawstring bag by Sew Over It

Drawstring bag by Sew Over It

Need cording to try your own? Find them here

9 . Zipper pouch

Infinitely useful and very giftable, zipper pouches are speedy to make and make a great beginners project too! 

Zipper pouch by Melly Sews

Zipper pouch by Melly Sews

Need zippers to try your own? Find them here

10. Christmas Tree Ornaments

Save scraps in your Christmas colour scheme and make up a bunch of ornaments to decorate your home. 

Christmas Tree Ornaments by OSF volunteer, MaryAn

Christmas Tree Ornaments by OSF volunteer, MaryAn

 

2 comments

  • Great ideas in this article. I especially like the Floor Pouf. Who couldn’t use one of those?!

    Jacquelyne
  • Thank you so much for such great ideas to re-use scraps. I love the idea for floor pouf.

    Ravinder

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