50 Amazing Things to Sew with Scraps!


Bust through your scrap bin and sew some clever and useful projects at the same time! Here are my 50 favorite free sewing patterns to sew with scraps.

How do I keep my scraps from growing out of control? I sew with them! Wondering what to do with all your fabric scraps? I know from experience that the more you sew, the more the piles of scrap fabric stack up! But guess what? They aren’t useless after all, because there are actually a lot of fun and useful things that you can sew using scraps.

Small Gifts to Make with Scraps

Handmade gifts show just how much you care. Sew your gift with fabric scraps from your stash and it costs you hardly anything!

Sew a cute zipper pouch using small scraps of fabric with my Easy Zipper Pouch Pattern. The pattern comes with templates for two different sizes of zipper pouch, so you have lots of choices!

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These DIY Journaling Bookmarks were so much fun to make. And. So. Fast! I used my sewing machine’s embroidery module to embroider names on the front of the bookmarks. That part is optional, but if you love embroidery like I do, you won’t pass up the chance to make this personalized gift.



You can Sew a DIY Wristlet Key Fob with my fast and easy sewing tutorial and leftover fabric pieces from another project. No waste!




Fabric covered rope bowls require long strips of fabric (any size), some clothesline rope, and thread! You will love this super scrap buster. If your sewing machine has a zig zag stitch, it can make these fabric bowls!
This technique for wrapping rope with fabric strips is also great for making coasters, placemats, baskets, rugs, and more.


Show you care by sewing Easy Pleated Face Masks with your extra scraps!


Who doesn’t love Heidi’s Pixie Cups? I use mine for holding little craft supplies.



Use your tiniest scraps for Bit O’ Kindness Pouches! The felt and snaps make this a fun arts and crafts project.





Every sewist needs a Pompom Pincushion… you could also use these for tiny pillows!




Turn your fabric scraps into a beautiful heating pad for your neck or back. It’s the perfect Christmas present for teachers and loved ones. Sprinkle lavender oil on the rice before filling it for an extra special gift.



Use tape measures for a snappy close on the Snappy Coin Pouch.




The Fold and Stitch wallet is great for kids or adults. The free pattern includes templates and step by step instructions with photos.




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Make your Card Kitty as unique and fun as the games you’ll play with it! Grab your favorite scraps and let’s get started!



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I call this my ‘Milk Carton Coin Purse’. You’ll upcycle more than just fabric (plastic jugs too) and you can make it with just a bit of fabric. It makes a lovely gift for holding a surprise inside!




Use quilt scraps (or other long fabric strips) to make pretty lanyards. This would be a great gift for a coworker or someone who loves unique accessories.





I used leftover fabric scraps from a quilt to make these cute headbands. They have soft elastic at the back for a perfect fit.




Little fabric pieces can also make these 2 sided zips!





Bunny Treat Bags only use up four 5’’ squares! Make Easter super special and use up leftover scraps from a baby quilt at the same time.



These Adorable Llamas Stuffie Toys come to life with a handful of scraps from the scrap bin and some TLC. You can even use scraps for the stuffing too. Any kid (or kid at heart) would love a llama for their birthday!



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Kids. Love. These. A scrap of fabric transforms into a Cute Little Wallet…and dreams come true:)



Everyone is wearing DIY Scrunchies right now…they are so cute and comfy. This is the ultimate scrap buster, all it takes is a little piece of fabric and you’ve got style! Since you can use almost any kind of fabric, this is the perfect chance to upcycle fabric scraps from other lightly used items.



Things to Sew for Your Home

If you are just learning how to sew (or teaching someone how to sew), Bowl Cozies are a great project. They are easy and useful. This free pattern has 3 sizes, and the smallest one only uses 10” squares.




These handy potholders are perfect for sewing with little scraps!





Be ready for any party with this fast and easy pennant.



Got scraps as big as fat quarters? Make a shower curtain.




My favorite scrappy sewing project is Log Cabin Hexi Potholders.



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These Adorable Owls  are one of my all time favorite scrap busting projects! I even made some mini owls into Christmas ornaments.

Bags to Sew from Scraps




Sew a tiny bag with tiny fabric pieces.





Sew this beautiful Scrapyard Tote with that collection of scraps you’ve been saving for the “perfect” project…this is it!

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Sew this darling Peek-a-Boo Pouch with vinyl pockets on the inside for peeking at all your treasures!





The Cell Phone Wallet with Benefits is sewn with small pieces but it does a big job!




These little drawstring bags come in two sizes.




And these drawstring bags are a little bit bigger but still only need scraps.





The Tiny Zipper Bags are so fast and easy to make, and so much fun to use your treasured scraps on!



Scrap Fabric Projects for Organizing



If you’ve got some 10’ scraps, you can make these Sew Easy Baskets! 


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Organize your spaces by sewing Cute Organizing Basket out of scraps…to hold more scraps:)


I have shared patterns for 3 sizes of fold up baskets, but the mini ones are the cutest and they are great for using up fabric scraps and stabilizer scraps! Here’s the Mini Fold Up Baskets tutorial and links to the other two are inside.

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The Stand Up Slide Down Pencil and Tool Pouch whips together so easily with your best scrap fabric combination! It’s a great pencil case but you can also use it for taking sewing notions and tools to class.


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I can’t stop making these Zola Pen Cases! And lucky me, I won’t have to because my scrap bucket is huge!:) lol


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Is there anything cuter than a scrappy little Pillbox Pouch? Nope… scrap bucket here I come.



Sew up a cute Scrappy Square Basket to match your favorite scrappy quilt!


Pet Items to Sew with Scraps



Use your scraps to make a pet leash.



Here’s another cute projects for pets – Cage Comforters. You can use batting and fabric remnants of all kinds. Your gift will be much appreciated!




Or use your scraps to make a cute adjustable collar.

Free Quilts and Quilt Block Patterns to Sew with Scraps!



Sew your smallest cotton fabric scraps to receipt roll paper and then into a beautiful quilt. Check out the Receipt Roll Scrap Quilt Pattern.
The pineapples in my free Pineapple Fruit Quilt Pattern were made only from scraps!
This quilt may look complicated, but really it’s all easy half square triangles.
Another great quilt pattern for using up any and all scraps is this simple Patchwork Quilt with 2” squares. I bet you could cut enough squares for this one too!

There are lots of pretty little squares to use up your scraps in this Easy Quilt Block Tutorial – a Grandmother’s Cross variation.


The Patchwork House Block is one of the most beloved blocks in all quilting, make your with your favorite memory scraps!


You can sew the one of the oldest, sweetest quilt blocks, The 9 Patch Block, and use all your favorite scraps to do it!

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The easy Orange Peel Quilt Block is fresh and delightful. Make your favorite scraps pop with this quilt block!


The Double Diamonds Block is perfect for fussy cutting your favorite sections of your best scraps…lets go!


I made this Friendship Star Quilt Block with my favorite floral scraps…the combination is lovely!



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