Fabric Scraps: how to use them in family projects
Aside from quilting, there are a variety of projects in which you can use your fabric scraps. I will list a few of the potential projects along with some links to online patterns. However, it is not necessary to make something with your fabric scraps for them to be useful. Scraps can be useful for teaching beginning sewers some basic stitches.
After the new sewer has mastered a few basic stitches you can start them on pillows. Simply cut to matching pieces of fabric, a square or circle is easiest to start with. Place the fabric together so that the wrong sides are out. Sew the pieces together along the edge leaving a small opening. Use that opening to turn the fabric right-side out and to fill the fabric with either stuffing or potpourri. Then hand sew the opening together. For some more advanced pillows try JoAnn Fabrics or Denver Fabrics.
If you have young girls in the house doll clothes are also a good choice for using up fabric scraps and teaching basic sewing. You can make anything from baby doll to barbie doll clothes depending on the age of the girl and the size of your fabric scraps. If you have a Mom's group that you meet with you can even save money by sharing patterns. There are also free patterns online.
Doll Clothes Patterns Online
- Free pattern that fits 18-inch vinyl dolls
Free pattern for a dropped-waist dress that fits 18-inch vinyl dolls. Viewers were invited to share their variations on the dress and we all created this design together.
- Sewing Patterns with Fabrics Free Dress Pattern for Antique Bisque Dolls
free dress patterns for antique bisque dolls sewing pattern dolls doll collectible fashion barbie collectible dolls shopping Doll clothing
- How to Make 15 to 18 Inch Cloth Doll Dresses - Doll Making
Sewing instructions to make a dress for 15 to 18 inch cloth dolls such as Raggedy Ann and Madeline. - How to Make 15 to 18 Inch Cloth Doll Dresses - Doll Making is a personally written site at BellaOnline
- Dress Pattern to Fit Medium Baby Dolls - Doll Making
Pattern pieces for your 14-inch to 16-inch baby dolls such as Bitty Baby, Baby Born, Gotz Maxi Muffin and similar dolls. - Dress Pattern to Fit Medium Baby Dolls - Doll Making is a personally written site at BellaOnline
- Barbie and Baby Doll Clothes Patterns
Free Barbie patterns, crochet, knit, cross stitch, family, charity, home
Other options for utilizing your fabric scraps include making baby bids, pin cushions, aprons, totes, purses, oven mitts, cases for cell phones and mp3 players, lunch sacks and even pockets. Actually patch pockets are an ideal way to use up a scrap of fabric while dressing up a shirt.
With Christmas coming up you should also consider making stockings. You could make a simple stocking or dress it up with aditional scraps of fabric depicting snowmen, Santa Claus, or baby Jesus. There are patterns on the web or you can find simple Christmas pictures that can be used to depict your own stocking scene.
Additional Projects Available Online
- Free Sewing Patterns, Fleece Patterns, No Sew Fleece, Baby Patterns, Costume Patterns
Free sewing patterns, free patterns for applique, curtains and window treatments, fleece and no sew fleece blankets and more, babies, costumes, clothing and miscellaneous patterns.
- Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Cell Phone Case
Sewing your own cell phone case, or making one as a gift allows you to have any print or color you want. Find a free cell phone case pattern and directions for a basic flip style cell phone here.
- Make An Insulated Lunch Sack
Uses pieces from your scrap stash and create a durable, washable lunch sack.
- Easy Patch Pockets from the Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog
A pattern for making your own patch pockets.
- All Free Sewing Patterns and Tutorials
Free sewing patterns for cases for MP3 players and other cases.
- All Free Sewing Patterns and Tutorials
Free patterns for making purses.
- Make an Oven Mitt! Sewing Pattern
Free pattern for making oven mitts.
- JoAnn Fabric Projects
Free project patterns for making baby bids, totes, pillows, book covers, purses, pin cushions, aprons, stockings, etc.
- Free Sewing Patterns Links
Free patterns for making totes, pillows, placemats, aprons, pin cushions, etc.
- Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Christmas Stocking
Christmas stockings coming out of storage always bring a flood of memories. Make your own Christmas stocking for memories that just may get handed down for generations to come. Find a free patterns and directions here.
- Free Christmas Stocking Sewing Pattern
Free Christmas stocking sewing pattern. Easy to follow, fully illustrated pattern. Lined and beautifully finished inside and out.
- Christmas Patterns for Coloring, Easy Crafts for Preschoolers
Free Christmas patterns that can be used to design your own stocking scene. Secular and religious pages available.
Another project that will delight younger audiences is stuffed animal creation. If you make patchwork animals you can use up your scraps of fabric as well as creating unique and colorful stuffed animals.
There are several places online were you can acquire patterns. Styrofoam Brand Products Crafts has a free pattern for a pumpkin patch bear. Bluebonnet Crafters has a free Susie Spins teddy bear pattern and a Yankee Doodle teddy bear pattern. Wyrm.org has several free stuffed dragon patterns. Craft and Fabric Links has a couple of free cat patterns. Or for more variety you could try Craft Freebies.
However, if stuffed animals seem a little to challenging you could always use your fabric scraps to make my personal favorites: Potpourri Pets. These are simple to make and even young children can participate. You will need the following items:
- fabric glue
- 1" pompoms
- 1/2" pompoms
- black beads (for eyes)
Cut your fabric into circles with approximately a seven inch diameter. Sew around the outer edge of the fabric. Pull on the thread so that the fabric begins to gather. Fill with potpourri then pull the thread until the fabric is gathered tightly. Glue the one inch pompom to the gathered fabric. Glue on half inch pompoms as ears, a muzzle and a tail. Glue on the black beads as eyes and nose. After it dries you have a potpourri bear.
To make a mouse you simple take a small bit of cord for the tail rather than a pompom. Cut a small hole in your fabric circle, slightly off center and sew the cord in place. You will need to knot the other end of the cord so it does not unravel.
For a cat use the same tail as a mouse and instead of pompoms for ears use felt. Cut a circle of felt with approximately a one inch diameter. Cut the circle in half. Fold each piece in half and glue on the ears.
Bunnies use a pompom tail and felt ears. But the bunny ears use long thin ovals.
There are numerous projects that you can undertake to utilize your fabric scraps. Whatever you decide to make I hope you are able to involve your whole family. Enjoy your projects together.
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