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Monday, February 6, 2012

Fabric Scrap and Remnant Ideas

I may be a bit of a fabric hoarder. Okay well maybe more than a bit - I have an entire drawer in my craft room just for scraps. Plus a bag under the desk! For some reason, I just can't bring myself to part with them. I mean you never know when you might need them, right? Even the weird colored upholstery fabric scrap - that could come in handy too. BUT I'm supposed to be organizing my craft room and need to sort through all that stuff.

If you are sitting there wondering what to do with your pile of scraps other than toss them, I've got some great things in store for you! In all my scrap hoarding, I have managed to accumulate quite a collection of scrappy projects around my house.

These are some of my favorites:


The bow on this vase is made entirely out of scrap fabric.

To make it: make a tiny cut at the edge of the fabric about an inch and a half on each side and then rip down the length of the fabric where you made those cuts. They end up about 1 1/2" by 20". Ripping it gives it a nice textured look - kind of raw and unfinished. Then cut any really long threads that are left hanging.
I did this on about 3 different pieces of fabric and then tied them together in a big bow on the vase.

These easy wall art are all made out of leftover scraps from the quilt my mother made for my living room. It is Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 if you are interested in getting it.

To make: You will need embroidery hoops in varying sizes. These are available at most craft stores. Lay your fabric wrong side facing up and then center the embroidery hoop on the fabric. With a fabric marker trace about one inch outside the hoop. This will let you fit the fabric nicely inside the hoop. Then cut out the circle you traced. Take apart the embroidery hoop frame, center the fabric inside and then slide the pieces back together and tighten the top screw. You can cut off any excess fabric after you get it inside. Finish it by embellishing it anyway you like. I added buttons and felt flowers to some of mine.

The yo-yo on this project is a simple way to use up fabric scraps and can be used in so many different ways. This frame is on a shelf in my craft room and I love the bit of cheer it brings into the room.
You can find pre-made ones at the craft store sometimes, but this is about using up your stash right? I love Zakka Life and they have a great tutorial on How to Sew Fabric Yo-Yo's. They also have some other great tutorials and fun things, so stop by and check them out.

In our first apartment, we didn't have any money for decor or much of a design theme. I really hated having blank, stark white walls too. What I did have was a ton of fabric scraps and art supplies. When I realized I had all of that at my disposal I got crafty.

To make: Supplies needed - blank canvas of any size, pre-cut fabric scraps, acrylic paints (the Deco-Art paints work great), Mod Podge, a sponge type paint brush, Krylon Matte Finish spray, and something to cover your work area.
I worked on a small area at a time. Paint Mod Podge on the canvas and then lay a piece of fabric over it. Continue working like this until the entire canvas is covered and in whatever random pattern you like. Then let it dry. Paint a good coat of  Mod Podge over the whole thing and let dry. If you like, paint a design with acrylic paint on top of the fabric and on the edges of the canvas. Let dry. Spray Krylon Matte Finish over the whole thing to seal it. Be sure to do it outside in a well ventilated area.

Some other great fabric scrap ideas are linked up here:
Anthro-Inspired Necklace
Flower Power

That should give you some great ways to help bust that scrap stash lingering in your craft room and hopefully I can bust some of mine before the month is over!


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17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I love your ideas! The hoop art is great and I am hoping to do a wall of fabric hoops soon. I could not help but notice on your profile that you are from Bakersfield. My mother was born there. ~Kelly

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  2. Hi Andi
    So nice "meeting" you -- thanks for your sweet comment on my blog post. I am now following you also. Looking forward to catching up on your posts!

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    1. Thanks for following me back and coming by to see my blog!

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  3. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by Dwell on Joy to check out my Sewing 101 post! I really appreciate you stopping by to let me know you liked it! I have a small fabric scrap pile that I'm sure will grow! I used a couple today to wrap a gift :) Nice to meet you!

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    1. Wrapping gifts with them is such a great idea too! Thanks for stopping by to visit!

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  4. Stumbled into your blog and found the inspiring posts. Good idea of scraps decoration with embroidiery hoops.

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    1. Thanks so much Terrie! I'm glad you like them!

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  5. I love love love the embroidery hoops idea! Such a pretty way to show off some favorite fabrics & have some art for one of those large walls I never know what to do with :)

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    1. I hope you get the chance to do it! I just loved these fabrics and wanted a way to incorporate more of them into the room. It's also easy to switch them up!

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  6. oh - I'm so used to crafting with scraps of paper; it's lovely to see some fabric remnants getting a fair go - gorgeous; well done!

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    1. Thanks so much! I would love to see some of your paper scrap projects! I have a huge collection of paper scraps too. It seems that I always hang on to those little bits knowing that they might be good for something later.

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  7. Thanks for linking up last week. I hope to see you this Thursday. I love your use of scraps.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I will be back by this week :)

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  8. This is, perhaps, my most slow-pokey week yet. My apologies for taking so long to get over here from “A Little Birdie Told Me..” to enjoy your post. It’s important to me to visit and really give my full attention to all the links, but as the party grows it’s taking more and more time. Thank you so much for bearing with me, and for continuing to share your talent at Rook No. 17!
    Jenn

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