Let Them Shine! How to Display Your Scrap Fabrics Creatively


No matter what type of sewist you are, scraps are inevitable. Whether you enjoy quilting or sewing garments or bags, bits of fabric are always leftover. What do you do with those scraps ? Some like to donate their scraps, while others throw them away. Many tuck them away in boxes and totes before storing them out of sight. There is one problem with that — out of sight, out of mind! If those precious fabric scraps are hidden away, they are less likely to be used for projects . That's why it's a good thing to learn how to display your scrap fabric it a fun and creative way.

Photo via Jeni of In Color Order

It is time to pull out those fabric scraps and show them off! There are several advantages and benefits to having a nicely organized scrap stash that can be regularly seen. Here are three:

1. You know what you have.

If everything is organized beforehand, you have know what you have available to work with. It's easy to forget what kind of scraps you have when you can’t see them.

2. Inspiration!

It is hard to resist those beautiful scraps of fabric when you see them everyday.

3. Ready to sew at a moments notice.

There is no need to go digging for scraps in the midst of looking at your sewing or quilting pattern if they are already carefully sorted and arranged. Simply grab the colors or size you need and you are ready to go!

What is the best way to display fabric scraps creatively? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Photo via Michelle of I Like Orange Too

Use jars to display smaller scraps like Michelle of I Like Orange Too . Sort fabrics by color and arrange them neatly for a beautiful display and daily inspiration. The lids on Michelle’s jars are wonderful too -- she used colored fabric to label each one.

Photo via Amanda Jean Nyberg

If your scrap stash is larger, sew patchwork baskets to hold each color. Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts created this set with the pattern from her book, Sunday Morning Quilts . Neatly folded fabric is perfectly organized and nicely displayed. The bonus? Those adorable baskets can be sewn out of scraps!

Photo via Jeni of In Color Order

Do you like to collect vintage goods? If you are into Pyrex or enamelware, why not use them to store fabric scraps? They can be stored by color (above) or mixed together (below) and displayed on your workspace or shelf.

Photo via Ashley of Film in the Fridge

Here’s an idea for some real organization! Before you tuck away your leftover fabric, cut them into commonly used sizes. Think squares measuring 2.5”, 5”, 6”, and strips measuring 1.5” and 2.5”. Once cut, store those leftover strips and squares together neatly in a clear tote. Now they really are ready to be used!

Photo via Melinda of Quirky Girl Granola

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What do you do with your scrap fabric? How do you creatively display them?

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