Items like leftover upholstery, textile samples and fabric fragments can be put to use for more than just patchwork quilts and mismatched designs.
The following are a few activities for repurposing, but take warning: if you are one that has a passion for fabrics, you may need a designated drawer to begin saving swatches and fabric leftovers.
Craft Stew has 20 projects with instructional links for using up fabric scraps. Many plans are also suited for younger designers in the making with a bit of adult help.
Ideas like fabric collages are simple but decorative. These can be personalized and make easy to do, yet still attractive homemade gifts. Designs can be as intricate as desired, and different applications can be used like layering or experimenting with different textures.
Homemade fabric bookmarks are another way to use up fabric pieces. Adhesive sheets, fusible fabric webbing, double sided tape or fabric glue can be used to adhere cloth pieces. Scissors or corner-rounders can be used to finish off the edges.
Fabric postcards and artistic trading cards are also good crafts for recycling cloth swatches. If you know anyone who likes to collect and trade cards, which can be an expensive hobby, introduce them to this. Cards can be custom-made to reflect any favorite character, team, scene or particular interest. A handmade card will hold way more collector value amongst a circle of card traders, especially if they have taken the time to hand craft it.
Martha Stewart has tons of designs that incorporate recycled upholstery and fabrics. Crafts like making doll clothes are ideal for remnants.
Fabric samples are also the perfect size for making simple sachets. Filled with dried lavender, jasmine flowers or cotton scented with a few drops of a beloved essential oil, you will want to place these in every closet and dresser drawer.
Purse and bag pouches made from cloth swatches are great for holding those things that seem to always get lost around the bottom, like pens, phones and other devices.
From large furniture pieces to small, decorative touches, saving fabrics for projects is a clever way to reuse.
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