21 Unique Craft projects to do with Scraps - Inspiration for usin gall of those crafty scarp items - blog header with image of craft scraps in a pile

Too much left to throw away?
Not enough for another project?

Scraps. We all have them. Leftover fabric from a quilt project here, extra embroidery floss or yarn there, even old hoops can be found in the scrap pile. If it's too much to toss, but not enough to use on another project, check out some of these fun scrap projects to spark your creativity and use leftovers in a totally new creation!

Whether your leftovers are embroidery floss, fabric, yarn, felt scraps, or hoops, we've put together a list of 21 unique ideas for what you can do with craft scraps.

Got your own ways to use up or repurpose scraps? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

Pile of craft scrap items such as fabric, ribbon, felt and embroidery supplies

21 fun and unique things to do with scraps

  1. Turn your leftover yarn or longer embroidery embroidery scraps into pom-poms! You can use leftover fabric, too! 
    Hand holding an embroidery floss pom pom in a bunch of colors
  2. Using modge podge and fabric scraps, cover the bottom of a bowl to create a whole new scrap fabric bowl!
  3. Use scrap fabric, batting, or even yarn to stuff floor pillows, dog beds, etc. 
  4. Wrap wonky hoops with fabric for a cute new look. This technique can also help to tighten a lose hoop while stitching. 
    Embroidery hoop with fabric wrapped around the inner hoop on top of a fabric pattern

  5. Cut a bunch of triangles from leftover scraps to make a decorative bunting banner. You could even stitch small motifs on each triangle, or spell out a name for a birthday party, kids room decor, and more!
  6. Use leftover felt to make play items for kids. For example, making play food, or little letters/envelops for mailman play time. 
  7. Grab a clear Christmas bulb and fill it with your leftover threads from a special project (or just collect as much as you can) for a colorful ornament.
    Hand holding a clear christmas ornament filled with scrap embroidery floss in all colors
  8. Fabric scraps make great satchel's for lavender, bath salts, or other popurri. 
  9. Use larger scraps (and leftover finished embroideries) to make a reusable tote bag for the library, trick or treating, groceries, and more!
    DIY trick or treat tote bag - hand embroidery project
  10. If you have lots of different types of fabrics, sew them together to create a sensory book for babies!
  11. Roll up strips of scrap fabric and sew them together in a spiral with leftover embroidery floss to create a little bowl.
    Small fabric bowl wrapped in black embroidery floss with two small buttons inside
  12. Want to go bigger? Make a rag run with all your scraps! 
  13. Easily create quilted fabric coasters out of scraps by combining two squares (or fold one long strip in half) and sewing around edges and "quilting" the center.
    Fabric coasters with coffee cup sitting on one in beige colors
  14. Make a small, square pincushion and stuff it with scrap stuffing, fabric, or even batting!
  15. Braid strips of fabric together to create a strong cording and sew together to create a fruit bowl.
    Cream colored fabric bowl with citrus fruits inside
  16. Tie strips of fabric, yarn, and even embroidery floss around an embroidery hoop or circle frame to make a unique crafty wreath.
  17. Make a zipper pouch! These don't use a lot of fabric and can be made with leftover scraps, zippers, or even pieced together scraps to make a new piece of fabric.
    Two zipper pouches, one with embroidered leaves, the other with a fabric showing math equations
  18.  Use larger scraps of embroidery floss or yarn to make tassels.
  19. Tie small strips of fabric to a cinnamon stick (smaller strips at the top, larger towards the bottom to look like a tree) and hot glue a ribbon to the top for a cute Christmas tree ornament or decoration.
  20. Small scraps of fabric, wool, or felt can be sewn or tied onto yarn or twine to create a garland.
  21. Improv piecing! Sewing a bunch of wonky scraps together can create a whole new piece of fabric that can be used for larger projects.
    a pile of scrap fabric with several pieces that have been improve pieced together.

What do you like to do with your scraps? Were there any suggestions here that sparked some of your own creative ideas? We'd love to hear what you come up with. Leave a comment so we can all inspire one another! 

Happy Crafting!


Trash to Treasure Seconds Sale logo on top of a pile of scraps

We're passionate about turning trash into treasure, especially when it comes to crafting! Since we assemble all of our embroidery kits in-house, we have boxes and boxes of leftover fabric pieces that just keep piling up. 

There's no way we'll be able to make enough scrap projects to use them all, so we've assembled fun boxes of Trash to Treasure items for you. These are all "seconds" items: not good enough to sell in the shop, but too good for the garbage can. 

Along with over 2 pounds of fabric, you'll get embroidery floss, ribbon, drawstring bag(s), leftover kit bundles, and even a finished embroidery kit! There are two different sizes offered:

Large box - 6lbs of crafty potential 

Small box - 4lbs of crafty potential 

Check out the Trash to Treasure Boxes now.


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