Clever Projects to Upcycle Leftover Fabric Scraps

I know for a fact that I am not the only sewist with not only one, but two (or more) drawers of scrap fabric.

Where does it all come from?  Heaven only knows how a stash of leftover fabric can add up so quickly.

It is time for some scrap fabric projects! 

There are so many great things about sewing with scraps.  First, there are the memories.  Each fabric in that pile was used to create a special something. 

Maybe it was a gift for someone special, a useful item for the house, or adorable clothes for the baby.

Going through the fabric scraps is a sunny walk down memory lane.

Secondly, the chance to upcycle fabric scraps keeps sewing a green activity. Reusing, recycling and reducing is something that every household should be doing, in MHO.

It’s just the logical thing to look for leftover fabric ideas!  Why throw scraps away when they can be repurposed and used to make fun, useful, and quick scrap fabric projects?

We love to share trash to treasure projects!  Check these ideas out, too!

This page is full of wonderful things to make with fabric scraps!  It is loaded with just too much to touch on here, but I’ll give you a little glimpse of what’s ahead.

Sewing with scraps

Although not all of the ideas on this page involve sewing, this is a good place to start with leftover fabric ideas.

Some of the projects that involve sewing with scraps are:

  • Kitchen Items: fabric bowls, potholders, bowl covers, fabric napkins, and more!
  • Clothing and Accessories: beautiful fabric bracelets, dresses and tops, belts, purses, decorative hair pins, and much more.
  • Pet Supplies: treat bags, collars, and toys!
  • Desk Items: bookmarks, fabric covered lampshades, fabric storage boxes and bags, fabric weights, and more!
  • Holiday Treasures: pins, table runners, holiday decorations, banners and other great ideas!
  • Organization: luggage tags, grocery bag sleeves, baskets, electronic cord keepers, key chains, and many more ideas.

Want another great way to upcycle tons of fabric scraps?  Take a look at our scrap quilts project page!  Such beautiful things to make with fabric scraps!

As I mentioned, there is just too much to share here, so scroll down and take a peek at all of the fun and creative leftover fabric ideas and scrap fabric projects!

Clever Projects to Upcycle Leftover Fabric Scraps

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Bobby Pins

Decorative bobby pin tutorial using scrap fabric. Just Call Me Chris

Bowl Cover

This DIY reusable bowl cover pattern will show you how to make your own fabric covers to save money and stop using plastic wrap. Zero-Waste Project! Easy Things to Sew

Bowl Cozy

DIY bowl cozies are perfect for using up your scrap fabric, and they would make a useful handmade gift! Learn how to make bowl cozies - two ways. Heather Handmade

Butterfly Hanging Decoration

With a couple of simple embroidery stitch, learn how to make some adorable butterflies to hang around the home. Sum Of Their Stories

Cast Iron Handle Cover

Learn how to make a handle cover for a cast iron skillet. Keep your hands from getting burned when cooking with cast iron cookware by making quick and easy handle covers.

Cat Collar

This DIY cat collar tutorial is really simple and can be done in a matter of 15 minutes. Sweet Simple Vegan

Cat Collars

Make a cat collar with this tutorial and save lots of money. Flossie Blossoms

Cat Toy Critters

Three designs for cat toys. Download the free cat toy pattern sheet and begin sewing them together.

Christmas Flower

Use scrap fabrics to make decorations. This flower can be a great addition to your Christmas decoration. Craft Bits

Clip Lamp Upcycle

Read this tutorial to give an old, beloved clip lamp a facelift with fabric and Mod Podge! Mod Podge Rocks Blog

Cloth Napkins

Upcycle your t-shirts in cloth napkins with this free tutorial. Hello Sewing

Coffee Cup Sleeve

With this free tutorial and pattern, make a button and loop reversible coffee cup sleeve. Crafty Staci

Cord Wrap

No more tangled wires around the house or while traveling. Grab some scrap fabric and sew up some fabric electric cord or charger cord wraps. Keep your cords organized and tidy. Watch this free beginner sewing project tutorial.

Denim Jeans Bag (Basket)

Stop throwing away old jeans! You can transform the old jeans into a useful denim bag (basket) with this tutorial.

DIY Catnip Cat Pillow Kicker

Cats love catnip so make your furry friend a few catnip pillow kicker toy. Each pillow is the purrfect toy to keep your cat entertained for hours.

DIY Hot Pad

Hot pads are of the items that are absolutely crucial in a kitchen. This hot pad pattern can be whipped up quickly and easily. Hello Sewing

Dog Training Treats Pouch

This is a sewing dog craft that can be made with scrap fabric and a little sewing skills. Doggy Lovin

Drawstring Bag (Beginner Sewing Project)

Learn how to sew a super simple drawstring bag. Kids will love to choose fabrics and then create small drawstring pouches to put all their little treasures in. This DIY drawstring bag sews up in less than an hour and is a beginner sewing project for kids or adults.

Drawstring Travel Shoe Bag Tutorial

How to sew a fabric shoe bag. Shoe bags are handy when traveling. Shoe bags help keep clothing and luggage from getting dirty. Learn how to sew a quick, easy and handy shoe bag.
This project is so easy even someone learning to sew can make it.

Dresden Petal Handbag

Have a lot of really sweet scraps lying around? Make a cute handbag with them. Jemima Bean Quality Time

Easter Table Runner

With scrap fabrics, you can stitch up a cute table runner for Easter with this tutorial. Make it Do

Fabric Book Marks

Learn how to make quick and easy fabric book marks. A gift-giving and stocking stuffer idea. Quilters Candy

Fabric Bookmark

A fabric bookmark is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids or adults. Learn how to make an adorable fabric bookmark by watching our video and reading our free pattern instructions. This is a kids can sew project.
Make them for any holiday, keep or give as a gift or use as a stocking stuffer.

Fabric Covered Altiod Tins

Do you have some Altiod-like tins laying around? Upcycle them into cute little tins to store supplies. Green Bee

Fabric Easter Eggs

With this free pattern and tutorial, jazz up your Easter home décor with fabulous fabric Easter eggs. Hello Sewing

Fabric Jar Toppers

This video will show how to make fabric mason jar covers. These quick and easy fabric jar toppers make mason jars gifts very attractive and cute..

Fabric Lanyard

Learn how to sew a fabric lanyard with this quick and easy video. Needlepointers Staff

Fabric Light Switch Plate Cover

A good-looking fabric-covered light switch plate is a quick, cute and easy craft for your home or office. Scratch and Stitch

Fabric Patchwork Card

Customize greeting cards for baby showers, birthdays, Christmas or other occasions by using up scrap fabric. Quilting in the Rain

Fabric Pocket Tissue Holder

Learn how to sew fabric tissue holders for travel size tissues. It is a quick and easy sewing craft that even a beginner can make.
Keep some on hand for last-minute gifts for teachers, Mother’s Day, stocking stuffers, hostess gift, friends or birthdays.
Needlepointers Staff

Fabric Scrap Keychains

These little keychains are perfect for using up leftover fabric. Craftiness is not Optional

Fabric Scraps Friendship Bracelet

This friendship bracelet pattern is made out of scrap fabric. It is constructed the same way as a traditional friendship bracelet but jewelry endcaps are used to hold everything together. Skip To My Lou

Fabric Storage Basket

Use up some scrap fabric and get organized at the same time. This easy sewing project can be completed in about half an hour. Flamingo Toes

Fabric Tray

How to make a simple fabric basket or tray with kam snaps holding the corners. These are quick, easy and decorative to make! No pattern necessary.

Fabric Tree Ornament

Bright up your Christmas tree with cute tree ornaments. To make this ornament you will learn how to use scrap fabric and strip piece the fabric together to make the strip-pieced ornament.
Watch our video tutorial and read our written instructions to learn how. Staff

Fabric Twine Bracelet

Use up scrap fabric by making bracelets for yourself or as gift. Sum of Their Stories

Hair Scrunchies

Learn how to sew a fabric hair scrunchies. By using different fabric you can make scrunchies for any occasion or fashion outfit.
Watch our video tutorial and read the our easy step-by-step picture tutorial to make scrunchies. Staff

Hot Pad Tutorial

A free tutorial on making small round hot pads with pockets for your fingers. Crafty Asian Girl

Luggage Tag

Mod Podge Rocks Blog

Mixing Bowl Cover

This tutorial teaches how to sew a simple fabric mixing bowl cover that can be used on a variety of bowls, Handmade in the Heartland

Nail File Carrying Case

It is so easy to sew a nail file holder with scrap fabric using this quick and easy tutorial. Easy Things To Sew

No-Sew Fabric Basket

Grab some scrap fabric and a glue gun to make some fabric storage baskets. Ohoh Deco

Patchwork Card

No card on hand! Use scraps of fabric to make a customized greeting card with this free tutorial. Craft Apple

Patchwork Dress

Make a patchwork dress from fabric scraps. Follow these handy sewing tips to help you choose the best dress pattern for this sewing project. My Poppet Makes

Patchwork Fabric Easter Basket

Zip together a cute Easter basket with scrap cotton fabric and some denim with these instructions. Bags From the Heart

Patchwork Garment Top

Using this free tutorial sew a top from fabric scraps. The Sum of Their Stories

Pencil Case with Zipper

Time to think about back to school! Time when kids are bored and don't know what to do!
Keep them busy for an afternoon by teaching them to make a back-to-school zippered pencil case.
This is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids.

Plastic Bag Holder

The plastic bag holder is not a new idea BUT sewing your own using this grocery bag holder pattern, means you can coordinate your neat little DIY plastic bag holder to your kitchen color scheme Hello Sewing

Pot Holder

Learn how to make a quick and easy potholder with a panel or 7 - 8 inch square piece of fabric. This free potholder pattern can be completed from start to finish in less than an hour.

Rag Ball - Wax-Dipped Scented Rag Ball

The scented waxed dipped tattered rag balls or handmade ornies are another great primitive decorative idea. Starla's Candle Making Supplies

Receiving Blanket Quilt

With receiving blankets or flannel fabric cut into 8" square, make a toddler-sized quilt using this free pattern. Scratch and Stitch

Reusable Sponges

These unsponges are zero-waste kitchen scrubbers. With fabric, batting, tulle or mesh and some basic sewing supplies make reusable sponges. Hello Sewing

Sachet Bag - Fabric Sachet Bag (Simple Sewing Project)

How to make a fabric sachet bag. Fill the sachet bag with lavender or potpourri. These make nice gifts for friends, teachers, hostess, etc.

Scrap Fabric Friendship Bracelet

Got Fabric Scraps? Turn them into friendship bracelets with this free tutorial. Crazy Little Projects

Scrap Fabric Twine Ornament Baubles

Use up leftover fabric by making scrap fabric twine and hot gluing to ball ornaments. My Poppet Makes

Scrap Map

Use scrap fabric to make a map of the United States or any country. See Kate Sew

Scrap-Pieced Belt

Add splashes of color to any outfit with this vibrant and eco-friendly scrap-pieced belt. By Ashley Johnston We All Sew

Scrappy Hot Pad / Potholder Tutorial

Use up those leftover scraps of fabric by creating a scrappy hot pad/potholder with this free pattern. There is no binding on this one making it super easy. Blooming Poppies

Scrappy Patchwork Trivet

This patchwork trivet can be easily and quickly whipped together from the tiniest fabric scraps, and other leftover supplies from quilt making. My Poppet Makes

Sewing Pattern Weights

What are sewing pattern weights? The main purpose of these triangular pattern weights is to hold down the paper pattern in place while you draw or cut around it. Learn how to make some with this tutorial. Hello Sewing

Small Envelope Bag

A cute little pouch with a button and loop closure. Betula Loo

Soup Bowl Cozy

With this bowl cozy pattern, you can make a cover for your bowls and not burn your hands with 3rd-degree burns whenever you heat something up in the microwave. Hello Sewing

Strip Piece Potholder

Spruce up your kitchen with this tutorial on how to sew a no-binding potholder using leftover jelly roll strips with this free quilted potholder pattern. Associates

Sunglass Case

Here is a super quick tutorial for a sunglass case. Features fold-over tap with button and elastic closure. Sew Fantastic

Swatch Bunting

Use up those small pieces of scrap fabric from your stash by making this swatch bunting. Heather Handmade

Tea Cup Pin Cushion

This super easy craft just requires a little hand stitching to make a tea cup pin cushion. Easy Things To Sew

Tea Cup Pin Cushion Tutorial

Learn how to make a pincushion with scrap fabric, an orphan teacup and some basic craft supplies. Creative Green Living

Toiletry / Make Up Bag

With this free tutorial learn how to make a cute makeup bag with fabric you have laying around the house. Craftastical

Water Bottle Tote

A quick and easy water bottle tote pattern with elastic around the top to keep the bottle from falling out of the tote bag. The Long Thread


A wristlet is perfect for holding everything you need for a quick trip out. Learn how to make this one. Flamingo Toes

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