10 creative craft ideas to use your fabric scraps


Camera strap cover

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This one is a great way to dress up your camera or even the shoulder strap of your purse. It’s a bit tedious and requires a combination of hand sewing and machine working, but the result will not only look great, it will also make the camera more comfortable around your neck.

Patchwork dress

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Whether you’re making a dress for yourself or for your granddaughter, it’s a great way to save money and a great way to recycle the fabric. If you have a selection of fabric scraps from other clothes you’ve made, this style combines them into an adorable patchwork dress that’s super breezy for hot Australian summers, or can be layered with boots and a jacket in winter. We love the idea of ​​combining fabrics of all types to make the dress really exciting – think stripes, flowers, polka dots and checks! And don’t let the dress pattern stop you – you might do overalls for the grandson (or my husband, if he wears them!)

Hand sanitizer holder

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For a very 2020/2021 craft idea that we can all use, this nifty template is for a hand sanitizer holder. This quick little project makes a great gift to keep friends and family germ-free. The cute hand sanitizer “jacket” attaches to the shoulder strap of your purse, so you’ll never be without hand sanitizer again.

Fabric makeup bag

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You will have a waiting list of friends and family for this one! Makeup bags can come at a surprisingly high price, so this do-it-yourself option will tidy up the closet and save you money. Whether you use it as a makeup bag, pencil case, or as a way to store kitchen drawers, these DIY kits are easy to make and super practical!

Glasses case

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Whether it’s sunglasses or reading glasses, it always helps to have a spare soft case that floats. With this easy template, you can create one for the car, one for the bedside table, and another for your purse, so you always have a suitcase handy!

Eye mask

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You’ll never have interrupted sleep again with this quick and easy eye mask template. The pattern only requires a tiny bit of fabric, a bit of elastic, and your hand sewing skills. They’re so simple, you can whip up a whole bunch of them to give as a gift and add bubble bath or bath bombs for a really special gift. If you want a challenge, why not make a matching pajama set as well?

Coffee holder

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This stylish, comfortable and easy to prepare coffee holder is a very useful homemade gift for friends and family, or a practical addition to your own purse. As a bonus, you’ll clean this sewing cabinet in the process. All you need is a selection of fabric scraps, a piece of backing fabric, a piece of iron-on fleece, hair elastic, button, thread and a sewing machine.


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The original patchwork quilt has become more trendy. This version of the original is much simpler than sewing hundreds of tiny squares together and is still a great use of that fabric scraps. Use square or rectangular stripes – as the article suggests – or get really creative and use whatever size and shape you have left.

Trouser extensions

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This one is for the grandkids, but your kids will surely thank you for it. This nifty idea will add life to your grandchildren’s clothes and is so simple you’ll be kicking yourself out of it you didn’t sooner. With kids getting taller every day, this clever idea is as simple as sewing a piece of fabric to the hems of their pants, allowing them at least a few more months. In addition, it gives a whole new look to the garment!


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