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10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps – For Kids

10 Classy Things to use up fabric scraps - for kids!

10 Classy Things to use up fabric scraps - for kids!

Today I’m bringing you the next in a series on classy things to create with leftover scraps.  Sometimes you have fabric that is so special for one reason or another that you can’t bear to throw away the scraps.  For the purpose of this series, we’re going to call scraps anything smaller than a fat quarter.  Today we’re focusing on classy things to make for kids using scraps.

#1 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Kid backpacks

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

While this free pattern calls for 1/2 yard of the main fabric (and we promised to keep it to a fat quarter for this series) the boy backpack we made using different fabrics for each part used less than 1/4 yard of each.  And what boy wouldn’t want one of these?

#2 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Animal pouches

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

These little pouches were so fun to make and my daughter even helped me make them!  She turned all the tiny ear and eye pieces right side out.

#3 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Headband

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

Way back at the beginning of the blog we made this headband.  And since then we’ve made quite a few more because headbands only use tiny scraps of knit fabric.

#4 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Valentine

DIY Valentine by Skirt Fixation

We have to admit these valentines used tiny scraps of fabric and turned out so cute we sent them to kids and adults alike!

#5 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Mask

Mask

My son begged for this mask, and how could I say no when it only required scraps of fabric and a little time?

#6 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Accent panel

Mara blouse with white skirt

When a pattern has a small accent panel, it’s a great opportunity to use scraps, either special ones or neutral ones to accentuate the other fabric like we did on this Mara blouse.

#7 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Personalized quilt

CustomQuilt Once a kid starts reading, they develop favorites.  We’ve sewed many of these bookshelf quilts as special orders for kids with favorite book choices!  (And we even have a few for custom order listed in our Etsy shop.)

#8 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Bear/doll sleeping bag

Quilted bear sleeping bagThis tiny sleeping bag we made only used scraps of fabric to create the tiniest doll sleeping bag.  Because where kids go, their toys do too!

#9 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Cap

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

This little darling cap only used a circle of canvas fabric.  And caps on babies are about the cutest classy use of scraps you can imagine!

#10 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Pockets

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

When fabric is just too cute to part with, an accent pocket is the way to go!  Also, we’ve used it to create coordinating brother and sister outfits that don’t end up too matchy-matchy.

BONUS! #11 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps for Kids: Balloon Animals

BalloonWe saw these darling little stuffed balloon animals, each made from 1/4 yard of knit fabric on the Little Inspiration blog, and knew we had to include them in this series.  Hello classy use of scraps!  And there is no choking on a balloon concern with these either.  Win-win!

Alright, that’s it for this time.  Leave a comment letting us know what you do with fabric scraps you can’t bear to throw away.

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10 Classy Ways to use Fabric Scraps

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

Today I’m bringing you the first in a new series on classy things to create with leftover scraps.  Sometimes you have fabric that is so special for one reason or another that you can’t bear to throw away the scraps.  For the purpose of this series, we’re going to call scraps anything smaller than a fat quarter.  So let’s get started.

#1 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A fabric map

Embroidered United States Map

In the past we’ve made several fancy projects using scraps.  Allegra created a series of custom United States maps using Liberty of London scraps.  This project uses teeny tiny bits of fabric scraps.

#2 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A patchwork skirt

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Twice I’ve made the Patchwork Twirl Skirt for Annie from many, many small pieces of fabric.  Once from Cotton & Steel fabric pieces, and once from Brambleberry Ridge fabric pieces.

#3 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A mini quilt

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

This mini quilt was also made from fabric scraps.  In fact, paper piecing is a great way to use fabric scraps.

#4 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A feature appliqué

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

An appliqué with a fussy cut fabric panel is a very classy way to use up scraps.  The border print fabric I designed is especially great for this use.  For this hoodie (which I made for my Mom for Mother’s Day) uses one radiograph flower cluster from the Shy Pink color way.  I simply zig zagged the edges on over the top of the front of the Lane Raglan Hoodie I sewed for her.  (She had never worn French Terry fabric before and is a new convert!)

#5 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Reverse Appliqué

feather boa flamingo

Another way to use appliqué and scraps is with reverse appliqué, like we did on this flamingo dress.  We used scraps for the yoke and the reverse appliqué flamingo.

#6 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Sew Together Bag

Rainbow Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

All the fabrics for the Sew Together Bag are cuts of a fat quarter or smaller.  We’ve made this bag 3 times, one rainbow version, one earthy version, and one Liberty of London version.

#7 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A pincushion

Liberty of London fabric swap gifts made by Skirt Fixation

Pincushions are the perfect way to use small scraps of special fabrics in a classy way.  We’ve made pear shaped pincushions, turtle shaped pincushions, and hexagon shaped pincushions.

#8 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Pockets

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe sweet Forest Friends pockets are one of our favorite classy ways to use fabric scraps.  In fact they are so cute, you might want to go out of your way to get new fabric for them, but the point of this post is using scraps in a classy way!

#9 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Clutch

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt FixationThe Curvy Clutch uses less than fat quarter cuts of fabric.  We’ve made the Curvy Clutch so many times it would be hard to remember and link them all!  But this photo is of a set of Star Wars themed ones for sale in our Etsy Shop.

#10 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Caps

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Newsboy Cap uses slightly more than a fat quarter for a full size version, but these caps I made for my boys in scaled down sizes used less than a Fat Quarter!  And it doesn’t get much classier than a little boy in a Newsboy Cap…

BONUS! #11 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Doll/Bear Clothes

Harrods Bear in rain jacket

Doll and bear clothes are a great way to use fabric scraps in a classy way because you can use them to make matching clothes for a child and their toy.  Allegra did a whole series on the clothes she made for Annie’s bear for her birthday one year using fabric scraps leftover from making Annie’s clothes.

Alright, that’s it for this time.  Leave a comment letting us know what you do with fabric scraps you can’t bear to throw away.