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Back when I was writing about all the things you can do with one yard of fabric, I found that for many projects, a yard of material was actually too much. There are scads of things you can make using only fabric scraps, leftover from other projects.

This is good news for those of us who save everything, but really don't have a place for it all... so pull out those bags of fabric scraps and start sewing! Some of these projects make great gifts; you'll be customizing your gift for your recipient, and saving a lot of money, too.

Fabric flower cards: Maggie has written a previous post on how to make fabric flower cards. Using your fabric scraps, you can create a floral garden right on cardstock. What a beautiful gift.

Fabric scraps projects(click thumbnails to view gallery)

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Dollhouse furniture covers: Is your dollhouse sofa in need of a pick-me-up? If you have solid-colored or small-printed fabric, you've got the makings for slipcovers, new dining seats, bedding, and curtains for your miniature home makeover.

Wall-hanging collage: Using the same basic ideas as Maggie used in her fabric flower cards, you can create a fabric wall-hanging. Just think fabric instead of paint. Or, if you have done paper collage, do that -- just use fabric instead. It adds a lovely texture to collage.

Hair curlers: Who would have guessed you could make effective hair curlers with fabric scraps? Jamie did, and she posted about it recently.

Anything patchwork: Historically, this is why quilting was invented: to use up fabric scraps when money was tight. So, make a full-sized or wall quilt, potholders (or another style of potholders), table runners, pillow covers, patchwork pincushion -- anything patchwork is the perfect fabric scrap project. (If patchwork isn't quite your style, you could always recycle an old sweater into a cupcake pincushion, or even make a tin can pincushion.)

Sandwich wrap: Anna's post about covering scraps of fabric with vinyl to make eco-friendly sandwich wraps must have caught your attention, but if not, you can read it now and have the fanciest lunches on the block.

Beanbags: Fun, frolic, games, and just plain pleasing to the kids -- make some beanbags with your scraps and dried beans.

No-sew bookmarks: Using your scraps, cardstock, magnets, and fusible web, you can whip up a bunch of these for every book lover in your life.

Shoulder / Sling purse: Stylish, functional, and so easy to create from your fabric scraps. The tutorial is very clear, with instructional photos to help you along.

Hanging dish towel: You can turn any dish towel into a hanging one, with complimentary fabric scraps and a little sewing. There are printable patterns to help you out.

Scented hot pad: Six-inch fabric squares, batting, potpourri, and thread are your supplies. With a few stitches, you've made a lovely scented gift. You could even put a loop on this and hang it as an ornament.

Sachets: A small square of fabric, some lavender buds (or any scented herbs), and a ribbon is all you need to make a no-sew sachet bundle. Why not use your beautiful fabric scraps to make your moth repellant sachets look pretty?

Glamour scarf: You need your gorgeous fabric scraps, embellishments, fringe, and some polar fleece to make this stunning and functional winter scarf.

I bet you've got a favorite project using fabric scraps -- let us in on it!

Check out this video that uses strips of fabric to make a pillowcase:


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