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Three Ways to Reuse Extra Fabric and Fabric Remnants

Updated on August 13, 2012

Crafters aren’t the only ones who wind up with extra fabric laying around the house. Between projects that you started and never finished, the projects that your children bring home, and even the outdated clothing that no one in your family wears any longer, you have hundreds of pounds of fabric sitting around the house. Instead of letting that fabric take up useful space, look for new ways to reuse that fabric.

Covered Journals

Make your own covered journals and photograph albums from blank albums and journals from shops like dollar stores. The only thing that you need for this project is a blank journal, scissors, and fabric glue. Place the fabric flat on a table or counter and set the album on top. The decorative side of the fabric should face out with the opposite side touching the book. Fold the fabric over the book, using the fabric glue to hold the fabric against the book. Spray glue is a great thing to use for this project because it dries clear, and it lets you arrange the glue under the fabric for the best hold.

Holiday Cards

If you think that making your own holiday cards is too hard, you haven’t tried this project. Set two pieces of cardstock flat on top of each other and fold in half. Lay one of the pieces flat and spray liberally with spray adhesive. Set a piece of fabric on top, and smooth it out with your hands, removing any air bubbles. Use a utility knife or another strong blade to cut a decorative element from the second card. You might make a Christmas tree shape for the winter holidays, or cut out a heart for Valentine’s Day. Glue the card on top of the fabric and write your own special message inside.

Memory Boxes

Creating a memory box takes a little more work, but you can make the project a lot easier by purchasing a pre-made box from your local craft store. Spray adhesive or mod podge is strong enough to hold the fabric onto the box, whether you purchase cardboard or wood boxes. Apply a thin coat of the glue to the top and sides of the box, and wrap the box in the fabric. You need to push out any air bubbles, but the entire project only takes a few minutes. You can even make the project a little more fun by adding contrasting pieces of fabric to the inside of the box.


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