Scraps are just a fact of life for quilters — and it doesn't take long for that pile of leftovers to get pretty big. But where others might see waste, quilters see opportunity. Here are just a few incredibly creative ways to use up every last scrap in your stash.
1. Throw a Pillow Party
Even the teeniest, tiniest scraps can find a happy home in this quilt-as-you-go pillow. And don't sweat if you've never made a pillow before; you won't believe how easy it is.
2. Go Crazy
This mesmerizing quilt is the perfect way to make use of your stash. Since anything goes in this wild design, there's no limit to which fabrics you can include. Prepare to discover color combos you've never even thought of.
3. Get an A in Geometry
This Kaleidoscope Quilt is like looking into a colorful, geometric dream and we can CANNOT get enough. Plus, a clever trick makes it easy: by sewing the strips together before cutting triangles, you limit the cuts needed and avoid tricky Y-seams.
4. Make It Mini
Dip your (little) toe into art quilting! These adorable modern minis are quick to sew, frameable and a perfect way to just play around with your fabric.
5. Appliqué All the Way
Here's the secret to using up a hodge-podge of small and mismatched scraps: Appliqué! This design uses several delicate hand appliqué techniques to transform small bits into a big visual statement.
6. Mix It Up
Each row of this playful project introduces a new block to keep you on your toes as you build the stash-happy design. You'll end up with a gorgeous quilt and master a bunch of classic block techniques.
7. Get All Starry-Eyed
Beginners beware: this design is not for the newbie quilter. But if you've got some experience and a well-stocked stash, you're in for a queen-sized treat.
8. Be a Market Model
Your market bag just got so. much. cooler. Piece together this gorgeous bag without a pattern for an improvised project you'll have fun making.
Learn More Now
Get more tips for quilting with fabric scraps and step-by-step project tutorials in our free guide, Creative Uses for Scrap Fabric.