Crafting Hint of the Day - Ways to Use Scrap Materialgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Cooking & Crafts : One Thread
This one is for all those who posted earlier about having so much scrap fabric leftovers. Remember, you can always piece them together for larger projects.
- You can make pillows. If your scraps are small, they can be pieced.
- Potpourri Sachets. Just take some potpourri, and wrap it up in a scrap of fabric and tie it with a ribbon. You can make to give as gifts. Make them as decorative as you desire by seaming the sides and adding lace around the edges, or ribbons accents.
- If you are good with a crochet hook, you can make rag rugs. There are other techniques also, such as just tying bits of fabric into a piece of rug canvas.
- Scraps can be made into linens for the kitchen/dining room. You can make potholders, napkins, place mats, table runners, and even tablecloths, piecing when necessary.
- You can use fabric for both fabric art and decoupage. If you stiffen the fabric with Modge Podge before you cut it, the ends will not ravel. Books on fabric art can be purchased at the store or rented from the library.
- Fabric scraps can be used for wrapping presents. Use it like paper, or make into gift bags. You can make a more formal, structured gift bag, or simply make a drawstring bag. Or, cut out shapes from the design of the fabric, and use to decorate gifts wrapped in plain brown paper. You can also tear the fabric into strips, and use it as ribbon.
- Fabric scraps can be used in crafts for home accessories. Make everything from picture frames, checkbooks, album covers, eyeglass cases, and book covers, to bowls and Christmas Ornaments. All these can also be gifts.
- Lay pieces of fabric on the bottom of gift baskets and picnic baskets to make them more decorative.
- Make dolls and doll clothes. You could even make them and sell them on Ebay.
- Use them to make stuffed toys. Or use them to stuff toys!
- You can make darling aprons with appliqués, and give them as presents.
- You can also make hair accessories like scrunchies.
- Heavier fabrics can be used for small upholstery projects, such as covering chair seats.
- Cover the craft cardboard boxes you purchase at stores like JoAnns, and to line the inside. Or use shoe boxes. These decorated boxes are great for open storage areas.
- Make duffel bags for your children's laundry. Help your children learn to sort their clothing by making different colored bags for how you want your wash sorted.
- Make protective dust covers for toasters, sewing machines, and other small appliances, again, a gift idea.
- Warm up your home office/work rooms by covering accessories with bits of fabric. Some things you might cover- mouse pads, pencil and tool holders, storage containers, Kleenex boxes- all will soften up a home office.
- Imagine how it would be to have a 6x6" piece of fabric from all the clothes you wore when you were a little child. Would that be of value to you now? Even if you can't use them now, save your scraps. Put them in a box, and set them aside. You may be very glad someday.
-- Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 19, 2002
Wow! Awesome ideas! I use my scraps to make purses and hackey sacks. Kristin
-- Kristin Mullinax (email@example.com), April 25, 2002.