Scrap Busters: Team Favourites

Here is my current scrap pile!

If you’re a sewing enthusiast like me, you probably have a stash of fabric scraps waiting to be transformed into something beautiful. Scrap busting is not only a sustainable way to reduce waste but also a fantastic opportunity to let your creativity shine. In this blog post, I’ll share some of my favorite scrap busting patterns! I will also share some fun ideas to help you make the most of your fabric remnants. 

These are my favorite patterns for scrap busting:

1.      For medium sized scraps I love making doll clothes. These can be done with such little fabric. It is perfect for scrap busting. My child is often asking to match their doll so I love being able to do this with my scraps.

2.      Another great scrap busting pattern is the Luna sleep mask! This pattern makes a great gift, and its available in three sizes! If you don’t have much left, you can even make the front and back out of different fabrics! This also makes a fantastic teacher gift! Pair it with the Mocha me crazy coffee cozy (which is another great scrap buster) and you will have one happy teacher! 

3.      If you have a larger sized scrap, not big enough for clothes but to big for your typical scrap busters I highly suggest checking out our Pixie Panties! I love making these to match my childs outfits! They think it is so fun to have matching unders to their shirt or dress!

With these scraps I was able to make three new pairs of underwear!

4.      Often, I will combine larger pieces of fabrics and my scraps to create a whole new look. Our new patterns Andes Joggers and Rocky top can be great for this! Color blocking is a great way to use up small scraps. When I am hanging on to a favorite print, I will use these patterns to showcase the print by pairing it with a solid.

I had a little bit of this Minnie mouse print left and I didn’t want it to go to waste because I loved it so much! I paired it with fabric I had enough of for the rest of to really make this outfit pop! 

So maybe you have scraps but don’t want to use a pattern and are looking to branch out on your own, here are some ideas of things you can create without a pattern!

1. Fabric Coasters and Placemats

Turn your fabric scraps into functional items like coasters and placemats. These are quick projects that can add a pop of color to your dining table or coffee nook. Consider mixing and matching complementary fabrics or creating themed sets for special occasions.

2. Fabric Flowers and Embellishments

Fabric flowers are delightful embellishments for clothing, accessories, and home decor. You can use scraps to create layered petals, ruffled blooms, or intricate fabric roses. These flowers can be used for headbands, bags, pillows, or even be framed as wall art.

3. Fabric Scrap Garland

Decorate your space with a charming fabric scrap garland. Cut scraps into uniform shapes like circles, triangles, or hearts, and then string them together using twine or ribbon. Hang the garland across windows, mantels, or walls for a whimsical touch. I love doing this for birthday parties and holidays! These are a great decoration that can be used over and over!

4. Fabric Scrap Bookmarks

We all have a booklover in our life, maybe it’s you or maybe it’s your bestie! This is such a cute gift and great way to use up your last bits of fabric. Cut fabric into strips, add decorative trims or embroidery, and attach a ribbon or elastic loop at one end. These bookmarks make lovely gifts for bookworms! 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sewist, these scrap-busting ideas offer endless possibilities for turning leftover fabric into beautiful and useful creations. Embrace the joy of upcycling and let your imagination run wild with color, texture, and pattern combinations. Happy sewing!