What To Do with T-Shirt Scraps
I like to make a bunch of stuff with old shirts, But then I always end up with oodles of small scraps. I don't want to throw them out so if anybody has an idea for what I can make out of them, I'm all ears.
Sometimes i use them for stuffing (for things that need less give than fiberfill), to cover buttons, or make fabric flowers from. If it has an interesting pattern sometimes i save scraps for decoupage.
I'm curious about everyone else's ideas as well; i obsessively hoard my scraps, maybe i can find something to do with them.
Thanks for the idea. I like sewing big plushies and pillows so I run out of stuff pretty quickly, so this is perfect.
I used to use scraps to stuff, but after a while the scraps get pounded into smaller bits and whatever I stuffed with it became floppy and I didn't like that. I honestly just throw scraps away now. I was going to make a quilt with 2x2 squares but I've never really made a quilt before so I decided to nip that idea in the bud and just started getting rid of anything that's too small for anything I usually make.
I've always wanted to try this with my scraps: http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2012/09/diy-handmade-rag-rug-tutorial.html
You could get some glue and make a mosaic with it. I am considering to do that with leather one day.
I made one of these (haven't posted a version yet!) out of a sleeve of an old orange t-shirt. It went well, actually! ^^ You could maybe make one out of an orange 'patchwork', or maybe a different animal/design out of whatever scraps you've got?
Hope this helps! x
All these ideas are so cool. I'm glad that thanksgiving break is coming up so I'll have time to try them out.
I hate throwing my t-shirt scraps away too...I recently made this:
It takes a bit of time, but I used up a lot of my t-shirt scraps!
I'm currently using a bunch of t-shirt scraps to make a couple rag rugs for my house which desperately needs it.
How about hair bows? yoou only need a little piece of squeare fabric and maybe a rectangle to cover the middle part and that's it!
T-shirt crafting happens to be my specialty, so forgive the long-winded response but I have lots of ideas you could try.
If you have long, thin pieces you can stretch them and braid them together into bracelets, necklaces, headbands,belts, etc. Since you make plushies, small scraps are a good way to experiment with covering buttons for eyes or embellishments. I always save any long strips to cut and stretch into laces for small drawstring bags or to act as the looping thread for a button-and-loop closure on a bag. There's great tutorials out there for turning sleeves into baby hats, bibs, or booties if you or someone you know has little ones around. And anything big enough to fit one of my stencils gets printed and trimmed into a patch that can be sewn just about anywhere you find a place for it. I had someone tell me she used one on a lamp shade once. Jersey fabric is amazingly versatile...or so I tell myself to justify the boxes of scraps all over my house! XD
If you have a strip you can pull it out to make it longer and use it like you would a ribbon. I've made headbands out of them. Like someone said, you can make flowers out of them. You can make coasters out of circular or square pieces.
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