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Brilliant Projects to Upcycle Leftover Fabric Scraps

If you love sewing, then chances are you have a few fabric scraps left over. You aren’t going to always have the perfect amount of fabric for a project, after all. If you’ve often wondered what to do with all those loose fabric scraps, we’ve got quite a treat for you. So with the leftover fabric from those adorable Halloween costumes or your other DIY clothing projects, we’ll show you how to create some really great bags, wallets, and so much more.

We’ve gathered different ways that you can put those scraps of fabric to good use. Some of these easy projects require no sewing, and all of them are perfect for scraps. Make yourself a necklace or belt, or create something for a wonderful gift for someone special. We’ve got something in here for everyone in the family and even a few things for your furry family friends.

Phone Case

Phone Case

Create this adorable little wallet for your phone. With just a small bit of fabric, you can make the perfect holder for your phone, and with the attached clip, it’s perfect for keeping your phone safe, too.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: crazylittleprojects

Monogram Pouch

Monogram Pouch

This gorgeous monogrammed pouch can be made with those leftover trim scraps. Just a few little pieces and you’ve got quite the coin purse to keep or give as a lovely gift.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: makeit-loveit

Fabric Flower Accent Pillow

Fabric Flower Accent Pillow

Dress up any room with these beautiful fabric flower accent pillows that you can make from extra fabric in the same or in contrasting colors. Each pillow takes less than an hour and they’re so easy, you can do one for every season.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: kikicreates

Kitchen Decorating DIY – Make Your Own Dishtowel Belts

Kitchen Decorating DIY – Make Your Own Dishtowel Belts

These are so adorable and so very helpful. Krystal over at Sassy Sanctuary has come up with an idea to keep those dishtowels from falling on the floor. She has crafted belts to hold them in place. They are really cute and they really do the job. You just need a bit of fabric and some Velcro and you can decorate them any way that you want. You can get really creative with this and imagine how great these would be to give out as gifts. You can make them to pair with a holiday kitchen towel for those people who are really hard to find gifts for.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: sassysanctuary

Marble Necklace

Marble Necklace

Tie those scraps of fabric around marbles to create these lovely necklaces. They’re perfect for gift giving around the holiday season, or make them in different colors to match all your favorite outfits.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: howdoesshe

Cute and Easy DIY Double Layer Square Circle Skirt

Cute and Easy DIY Double Layer Square Circle Skirt

This adorable skirt for kids is not nearly as difficult to make as the name implies. You just take two squares of fabric and layer them. It turns into the cutest skirt for your little one or you could make the fabric a bit larger and do one for yourself. Because it’s so easy to make, you will want several of these to wear for different occasions. Pair it with leggings and boots and it’s an adorable fall outfit or just have it for summer with flip-flops. The idea comes from Make It and Love It and we really do Love It!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: Cute and Easy DIY Double Layer Square Circle Skirt

Chapstick Holder

Chapstick Holder

This keychain Chapstick holder is easy, and the perfect fashion accessory for teens. The best part? It takes literally only five minutes to make, and needs only a small scrap of fabric.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: crazylittleprojects

Cuddle Pillow

Cuddle Pillow

Ok, so you know you love huge pillows. This one allows you to use a lot of those fabric scraps and quilting squares, and you create an enormous pillow that’s perfect for cuddling indoors or out.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: mesewcrazy

Little Miss Mason Jars

Little Miss Mason Jars

This project lets you use all those fabric scraps and helps you to stay organized as well. You just cover mason jars with fabric and then fill with whatever you want. They’re easy and adorable.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: stumblesandstitches

Kids Belts

Kids belt

With just a strip of leftover fabric and a D ring, you can make these really cute kids belts. Make a different one for every outfit! They’re very easy to make and oh so adorable.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: crazylittleprojects

Key Fob Lanyard

Key Fob Lanyard

These key fob lanyards have a secret pocket, making them perfect for stashing cash when you’re on the go. They’re also easy to make and take very little fabric.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: sew4home

Custom Camera Strap Cover

Custom Camera Strap Cover

With this quick and easy sewing project, you’ll create the perfect strap cover for your camera, that’s both unique and comfortable. Make one for your favorite photographer.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: modabakeshop

Holiday Ornament

Holiday Ornament

Believe it or not, this gorgeous Home for the Holidays ornament is made with those leftover fabric scraps. It’s a relatively easy project, and one that is sure to draw attention when it’s finished.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: retro-mama

Fabric Bookmark

Fabric Bookmark

Make a bookmark for all of your favorite readers. These take only about five minutes each, and they’re the perfect gift for teachers, students, or anyone who loves to read.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: crazylittleprojects

Napkin Rings

Napkin Rings

Make these gorgeous napkin rings with scraps of fabric, and create one for every season. Or, make a set to give as a special gift for the holidays, an upcoming wedding, or any other special occasion.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: livingwithpunks

Hair Bows

Hair Bows

Every little girl needs a great collection of hair bows, and these easy to make fabric bows are perfect. You just need a small piece of leftover fabric for each one, and you can create something for every day of the week.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: stitchedbycrystal

Starburst Mug Rug

Starburst Mug Rug

Use those old quilt squares to create this colorful and useful mug rug. The starburst design is gorgeous and it’s a really easy project from start to finish.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: stitchesandscissors

Beautiful Make It Yourself Rag Quilt – So Fun and Easy!

Beautiful Make It Yourself Rag Quilt – So Fun and Easy!


This beautiful rag quilt tutorial is on Imperfect Homemaking. You basically just have to cut your quilt pieces and sew them together. Even if you have never made a quilt before, you can easily put this one together. The choice of colors and patterns is all yours so you can be as creative as you like. This is a great way to spruce up a bedroom and if you have old fabric or clothes lying around you can just cut the quilt squares from that so it won’t cost you anything but a little time. Can you say great gift idea?

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: Beautiful Make It Yourself Rag Quilt – So Fun and Easy!

Glasses Case

Glasses Case

Keep your sunglasses or reading glasses safe and fashionable with this gorgeous and easy to make glasses case. Just a few scraps of fabric and some fusing, and you’re all set.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: crazylittleprojects

Little Guy Ties

Little Guy Ties

These little neckties will make your little guy look like such a man. They are really easy to make and so adorable. Make one for all of his little suits.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: makeit-loveit

Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Make back to school easier, fashionable, and less expensive with this homemade pencil case that you can create from a few pieces of scrap fabric. This one is so easy you’ll want to do several, maybe one for every week!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: sewmamasew

Owl Toy

Owl Toy

How much do we simply adore this little owl toy? What a perfect gift for a new baby! This one is so very easy and you know you just have to make it.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: twomoreminutes

Fabric Covered Bed Frame

Fabric Covered Bed Frame

What a gorgeous way to use up those fabric scraps and give any bedroom a great new look! You just cover your bed frame with fabric, and you can do whatever design you want. What we love most about this project is how unique it is, and it’s much easier to do than you may think.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: ashleyannphotography

Bifold Wallet

Bifold Wallet

This quilted wallet is beautiful and so very easy to create. Who needs to pay designer prices when you can make it yourself? This one is a bit more complicated than just gluing fabric, but definitely worth the effort.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: modestmaven

Fabric Roses

Fabric Roses

These roses are easy to make and are the perfect complement to any of your other sewing projects. Use them to dress up pillows, clothing, or whatever you want. You can make one in about five minutes.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: sweetcsdesigns