Monday, February 27, 2012

Scrap Happy: More Than 50 Fabric Scraps & Remnant Ideas

Save those scraps! Here’s a big new collection of free tutorials and patterns to help use up those fabric pieces and remnants you have tucked away in your craft room (updated 2012).
I’ve listed plenty of ideas for goodies that are not only useful but also a few cute and charming just-for-fun items too (some even gift-worthy!).
No matter how big or small that little piece is, you should find something here to make with it.
Note: Many are just a sample idea from a larger collection of projects, I’ve included reference links to those pages as well (found here on Tipnut).
Have fun and as always…I’ll be updating this page with new goodies as I find them so you may want to keep it bookmarked for future reference. Enjoy!
Pincushion: Made with bold fabric, zany buttons, and quirky ribbons. Tipnut is loaded with pincushion projects, you’ll find the master list on this page.
Finger Hot Pads: Cute little pocket hotpads for your fingers. You’ll find dozens more potholders to sew on this page.
Scissor Pouch: Measures 4″ x 4 1/2″ and includes a tiny matching needle case. More projects arefound here.
Pop Garden Flower: Includes a measurement chart to make Small, Medium and Large size flowers. Over 40 more flowers areon this page.
Camera Strap: Made with squares of pretty fabric and fusible fleece. More tutorialsfound here.
Keychain: Great stashbuster that you can embellish any number of ways. Lots of ideas are also listed on this page.
Wristlet: Pattern pieces available via free pdf download. More wristlets to make are found here.
No-Sew Sachets: Stuffed with potpourri, lavender flowers or balsam fir needles. More ideasare found here.
DIY Bobby Pins: Covered buttons are attached to bobby pins with pads. More hair accessories areon this page.
Business Card Holder: Supplies include fusible fleece, small hair elastic and a button. More tutorials are listed here.
Covered Altoid Tins: Make a sweet little case to hold a variety of small items, inside lined with felt.
Covered Tape Measure: Tutorial via free pdf download. More projects for crafters are found here.
Water Bottle Tote: Elastic opening at top and twill tape for strap, template included (can be adjusted for size if needed).
Press Bag: Made with two 9 1/2″ squares of fabric (one for lining), top cuff is folded down and embellish as you like (yo-yo, button, etc.).
Quilted Bowl: Fabric pieces can be all from the same print or mix as you like, template download provided.
Envelope Bag: A sweet little pouch with a button and loop closure, use to carry small utensils and other goodies.
Trimmed Towels: Strips of pretty fabric and ribbon are used to transform plain bath towels into something special.
Dresden Petal Handbag: Template included, you’ll need 14 strips using 7 different fat quarter scraps. You’ll find dozens of patchwork pretties on this page.
Reusable Snack Bags: Made using material from a vinyl tablecloth, you’ll find lunch bags and accessories on this page.
Embroidered Buttons: Stitch on a piece of fabric before covering buttons, either sketch your own designs or use the print as a pattern.
Fountain Drink Sleeve: The bottom and sides of the cup are covered, no more puddles on the coffee table!
Reversible Coffee Cozy: Lined with cotton batting, free template download via pdf. Lots more ideas are found here.
Toiletry / Make Up Bag Tutorial: Cute and big enough to hold all you need when traveling. You’ll find more on this page (including brush rolls).
Ruffled Bib: Gather strips of assorted fabric prints then sew onto a bib (either one you make or one ready-made). Lots more ideas on this page.
Mug Rug: Sewn on the diagonal then quilted to make a mat (fabric binding around the edges). You’ll find over two dozen more projectshere.
Glasses Case: Features a foldover tab with button & elastic closure. More projects found here.
Needle Case: Lovely design that features a d-ring hanging loop. Plenty more ideas found here.
Checkbook Cover: Features a sweet fabric ruffle embellishment across the top. More ideas can be found here.
Gadget Pouch: Has a fold over flap with a ribbon to hold item securely. More ideas found here.
Coasters: Padded with batting. You’ll find dozens of projects shared on this page.
Keychain Wallet/Purse: Keep ID, coins, folded bills, and other bits in this sweetie. More ideas found here.
Coin Purse: Made with a gold purse frame and pretty fabric (lined). Several more projects arelisted here.
Kitchen Towel: A fun, anthropologie inspired design using a tea towel and fabric scraps. More crafty towels are listed here.
Tissue Cozy: A basic design using four coordinating pieces of fabric. Tutorials for both tissue boxes and pouches are listed here.
Ship Ahoi: A sweet toy boat with ribbon taggies along the edges. More baby toy projects are listed here.
Bracelets: A strip of 1″ thick elastic is run through a fabric casing, ends sewn together. More craft bracelets & bangles are on this page.
Bookmarks: Lined with fusible interfacing, lots more tutorials are listed on this page.
Microwave Heating Pad: These can be made in a variety of sizes, try making pocket or hand warmers. Fill with rice, beans, etc. (ideas listed on the page).
Post-It Note Holder: Cover an acrylic frame, fabric, Heat n’ bond ultra hold adhesive sheet, ribbons, buttons and whatever else you like for embellishment.
Keyboard Wrist Rest: Make these any size you like, filled with rice, template download available. Find more office supply projects here.
Eye Pods: Fill with dried beans or flax seeds, dried rice, lentils or buckwheat and dried lavender or chamomile. More eye masks listed on this page.
DIY Stickers/Tape: Easy to make and useful for wrapping, these are made with double sided adhesive tape.
Covered Magnets: Supplies needed are self covering buttons, 15mm magnets, pliers, glue and bits of fabric.
Hair Curlers: A small amount of polyester stuffing is used to shape the curlers, you’ll also need a button and some thread.
Fortune Cookies: Fun idea using fusible fleece, ribbon, fabric and a bit of craft glue. Use as party favors, to pass special notes, whatever you like!
How To Make A Yo-Yo: These are used to embellish all kinds of things (totes, quilts, hair clips, etc.).
Patchwork Kindle Case: Envelope pouch-style with side flap, velcro closure. More iPad, Kindle and E-reader covers are on this page.
Phone Sleeve: Can be made for any brand of cellphone with minimal adjustment but designed specifically for an iPhone 4. More phone covers & cases are shared here.
Diaper Strap Tutorial: Sew a simple strap to hold diapers together, velcro closure with button embellishment. You’ll find lots of baby goodies here.
Cloth Baby Shoes: Could these be any cuter? Free pdf download. More baby booties and shoes are listed on this page.
Pencil Case: Made with home decor weight fabric, duck cloth or canvas, the round ends are finished in a contrasting piping. More tutorials found here.
Jean Cuffs: Add a fun print at the cuff and buttons in a complimentary color.
Sewing Machine Cover: A few different prints cut in various widths are sewn together for this cover, solid piece lining and ribbon ties. More covers areshared here.
Closet Tags: Fabric pieces in a variety of colors are used, along with Heat N Bond Ultra (no sew), ribbon and pinking shears.
Rag Wreath: No sewing involved, strips of fabric are ripped then tied around a straw wreath.

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