Using Old Scraps of Fabric to Sew Gifts

If you sew, the odds are that you have scraps of fabric that you just couldn't part with! Here are gifts you can make using those scraps to create gifts that will be remembered and used for years to come.

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    Ballerina stretching at barre
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    Sew a bag full of scrunchies using up your fabric scraps or make one to match the outfits you make as gifts. Scrunchies are a great way to hold a ponytail in place painlessly!

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    Yo-Yo Sewing Projects

    Yo yo fabric, suffolk puffs, quilt
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    Once you've mastered how to sew a simple fabric yo-yo, you are bound to have a bag full ready to sew into a great gift.

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    Sew an Canvas Tote Bag

    Full Frame Shot Of Fabric For Sale
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    Everyone is thinking green and learning that a bagged lunch will save money by buying lunch every day. Make someone on your gift list an insulated lunch bag so they can safely take their lunch ​every day in a bag that is made from fabric that suits the person.

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    Fabric Checkbook Cover

    Fabric Checkbook Cover
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    Writing checks usually ​mean paying bills. Make the task a little enjoyable by creating a checkbook cover that will make the person smile by using fabric that is fun.

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    Sew a Trick Wallet

    Trick Wallet
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    A dollar bill or a gift certificate added inside this wallet is going to create a fun, magic gift. The other trick is using up scraps of fabric to make this unique gift!

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    Sew a Men's Billfold

    Dressmaker cutting cloth.
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    Sew a men's wallet with this free pattern as a gift or just to have a wallet made in a fabric that expresses who the owner is.

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    Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Fabric Women's Wallet

    Woman's wallet
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    A women's wallet is a small item that can cost a fortune. Use your fabric scraps to sew wallets that match your style and leave you with money to put in the wallet.

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    Eyeglass Case

    Smiling woman at home using sewing machine
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    Use your scraps to sew a personalized eyeglass case. Anyone who doesn't wear their glasses all the time is bound to appreciate even more that one eyeglass case.

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    Dish Liquid Apron

    Dish Liquid Apron
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    A little gift that can be personalized with embroidery or by making the apron match the curtains. Something personalized is always a welcome gift.

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    Potholders, Mitts and Hot Pads

    Side view of girl wearing oven gloves opening oven door smiling
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    Use up your scraps making potholders, oven mitts or hot pads as gifts for the people on your list or to add to food baskets being given away in your area.

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    Hanging Hand Towels

    Close-Up Of Cloth Hanging On Wooden Table
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    Scraps of fabric added to dollar store towels make them special and usable. One favorite is hanging by the garage door to keep the dirt from traveling into the house.

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    Pet Toys

    Cat with mouse
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    Keep the pets on the gift list without breaking the bank by sewing toys that will turn into their favorites.

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    Fabric Baby Grab Ball

    Fabric Baby Grab Ball
    Melissa Kadinger

    Use all the bright colors to make this baby grab ball with helpful small sections that make this ball easy for a baby to grip and hold.

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    Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow

    Two Variations of the Tooth Fairy Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    Personalize this pillow, and it's bound to be saved long after the baby teeth are gone.

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    Embellish Sweatshirts and Tee Shirts

    Tee Shirts
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    Sweatshirts and tee shirts are on the inexpensive side of a wardrobe, but they don't have to look inexpensive. Dress up plain clothes using your scraps of fabric and the free directions provided for dressing up tee shirts and sweatshirts.

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    Sew a Removable Money Hiding Bra Pocket

    A Finished Removable Money Hiding Bra Pocket
    Debbie Colgrove

    Is there a woman who travels on your gift list? Use scraps to sew this Money Hiding Bra Pocket which will keep her travel funds safe. She'll think of you while she travels.

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    Fuzzy Dice

    Fuzzy Dice
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    The perfect small gift for a car buff or a retro lover; use scraps of fur to sew them in the color to match the recipient's car or room.

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    Easy Cool Neck Scarf

    Fast & Easy Cool Neck Scarf. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Does a person on your gift list work in the heat? This may be the perfect gift, and it will use up those strips of fabric you have been holding on to.

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    Fabric Canning Jar Covers

    Canning Jar Covers
    Debbie Colgrove

    Use fabric scraps to make canning jar covers even if you didn't make jam or pickles. Add a buttonhole, and you have a way to collect coins in any room of the house.

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    Hand Towel Bib

    Directions to sew a Hand Towel Bib
    Debbie Colgrove

    All you need is a hand towel or finger towel, scraps of knit fabric, and a piece of hook and loop tape to create a bib that really works to keep clothes clean. Don't be surprised if the recipient asks for more.

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    Basket Liner for a Rectangle Basket

    Basket Liner for a Rectangle Basket
    Debbie Colgrove

    Transform a basket and make it appealing to use by sewing a liner with your fabric scraps. They make a great catch-all in almost any room in the house. These are an excellent place for the guys to empty their pockets at night!

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    Basket Liner for Any Basket

    How to Sew a Basket Liner for Any Basket
    Debbie Colgrove

    Follow these directions to make a basket liner from your scraps of fabric as a great gift.

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    Sew a Bottle Gift Wrap Bag

    Fabric Gift Bottle Bag
    Debbie Colgrove

    If you have 6 1/2" of 45" wide fabric left over, you have enough to sew a bag to gift wrap a bottle.

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    Sew a Cell Phone Case

    Cell Phone Cases
    Debbie Colgrove

    It seems like everyone has a cell phone but do they have a special holder for their phone? Sew one that reflects the person or personalize the case to make it even more special.