Jan 15 2013
It’s one of the pitfalls of being a crafter handy with a sewing machine – you constantly end up with scraps of fabric cut off from your larger projects. I may just bin the trimmings, but it seems so wasteful to be throwing away larger bits of fabric. I could save them to use in a patchwork, but occasionally the fabric just won’t fit with my color scheme. What then?
Here are a handful of mini-projects I’ve come up with to use up my fabric scraps, all of which can be done in an hour!
Is there anything more apt to make with scraps than a pincushion?
Simply cut out two same-sized squares of fabric, place the squares on each other with the insides facing out, pin and sew edges, leaving a gap to poke stuffing in. Turn the right way out, fill with your choice of fiber stuffing, and then hand-sew the gap closed. Add any adornment you want to finish – buttons, bows and frills look especially cute.
2) Coffee Cozy
Never burn your hands again on too-hot takeout cups – these make great gifts for coffee lovers too!
Simply grab a cardboard cup holder from your favorite coffee shop, undo where it’s stuck together, and use this as a pattern. Cut ¼in around the cup holder on 2 pieces of fabric and a liner fabric to insulate – fleece or felt works well.
Place the two fabric sides together, insides out, with the insulting layer below and pin together. On one end, place a thin elastic hair band between the inside and outside layer. Sew up, leaving a gap to turn the cozy the right way out. Turn the right way out, and then sew up the gap you left. Hand-sew a button onto the opposite end to the elastic loop, about 2 ½in in from the end.
Hint: Love the idea but no fabric scraps around? Try a knitted version!
3) Appliance Cord Tidy
If you’re always finding your appliance cords tangled up – even if you put them away with the cord perfectly wound up and tidy – this is a great craft idea for you. It secures the wire around the handle to keep it need and tidy.
Roll up your appliance cord around the handle, and then take a measurement around. Cut a strip of fabric this length plus 2 ½ in, and about 3 in wide. Fold the strip in half lengthways, iron, open it up, and then fold the two long edges into this center seam. Fold over the ends of the strip by ¼ in, and sew. Fold the strip in half along the crease, and then sew around the edges. Add a 2 in strip of Velcro to either end – either sew-on or iron-on.
Wrap around both cord and handle to keep together – great for irons, handheld electric whisks and even hairdryers!
What do you do with your scraps of fabric?
Estelle Page is a mum of two, interior designer and master crafter! When she’s not sewing a new pair of curtains for her ever-changing home, you can find her writing for Out There Interiors.
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