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Published on January 20th, 2011 | by Maria


5 Projects You Can Make Using Leftover Fabric Strips

fabric strips
When I use fabric that I’ve thrifted, such as bed sheets and pillowcases, I end up with tons of leftover strips of fabric. Luckily, there are so many wonderful projects that you can create using some simple strips of fabric left over from another crafting endeavor. Here are five ways that you can use up those fabric strips you may have acquired over your crafty years.


1. Braided Bracelet

This video shows us how to create a very simple and easy braided fabric strip bracelet. Make some for your friends and bring back the days of friendship bracelets.

woven rug

2. Woven Rag Rug

If you’ve acquired tons of strips then a good way to use them up is to create a nice rag rug for your home. Over on Craft Passion, there is a great how-to on creating a no-sew, woven rag rug. I love that the “loom” is recycled cardboard.

fabric ragbowl

3. Fabric Bowl

Over on Craftstylish, there is a great tutorial for creating a sewn fabric strip bowl. It’s amazing what some scrap fabric strips and clothesline can create!

fabric wreath

4. Wreath

I like the idea of having something that’s considered holiday decoration and translating it into something you can have in your home year-round. This fabric strip wreath tutorial, from The Cottage Home, will keep your home feeling colorful and cozy, no matter the time of year.

braided headband

5. Braided Headband

Over on Lu Bird Baby, there is a great project for a quick braided headband. Depending on how many fabric strips you have, and in what colors, you can create a different one for each day of the week.

What are some of your favorite projects for using up strips of recycled fabric? Do you have any projects or ideas that you would love to share? Leave some comments, suggestions, and links.

[Fabric strips image by heatherknitz via Flickr Creative Commons, Braid image by fatseth via Flickr Creative Commons, Woven rug image via Craft Passion, Fabric bowl image via Craftstylish, Wreath image via The Cottage Home, Braided headband image via Lu Bird Baby]

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About the Author

Hey there! I'm Maria Raffaelle and I currently live in Chicago, IL. I have a passion for all things eco-friendly in makeup, skincare, haircare, and fashion. The crafter in me loves to put a DIY twist on beauty too! One of my goals is to help women realize that they are all beautiful; no matter their size, shape, or skin. Let's celebrate the beauty in each of us, together!

10 Responses to 5 Projects You Can Make Using Leftover Fabric Strips

  1. KraftyKatina says:

    Wonderful!!! I have SOOOOO many fabric scraps laying around. Now I’ve got some inspiration to use them up! The wreath is so great!

  2. Dawn says:

    I LOVE these ideas!! And some more great crafting blogs to view. Thanks for sharing!

  3. debbie says:

    on create telivision channel nine, i saw an episode on how to cut one peice of string from a t- shirt, please send me those directions. thanks.

  4. shevonn says:

    maybe i should make a skirt with the fabric i have what should i make?

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  6. BERNICE says:

    I created a colorful boa with fabric strips. I used a length of heavy cord. Start with a longer than what you want for finished product. A boa is generally 2 yards long, but tying on the fabric strips does tend to warp the final measurement. So I started with a 3 yard piece, cord or wide ribbon could be used as as the base. Each strip of fabric, 6 inches long about 1 inch wide was looped over the cord and tied with a dove knot (macrame). It ends up nice and fringy and as colorful as you wish. In addition to odds and ends of fabric, I also incorporated yarn strips, ribbon ends and bias tape and ric rac ends. What else can you do with a piece of ric rac that is 6 inches long? There is a photo of the 2 that I have left (project was several years ago for a presentation). Photo is on our store web site In search field, enter 9999933744 to see the 2 remaining. If left in a long piece, they could be a colorful boa for clowns, etc. On shorter pieces (with the burgundy one, I ran out of enough fabric and ends to look right) so connected the ends to make a cowl-style collar drape with looks great on a wench outfit.
    Thanks for your ideas and for sharing them. Hope my idea gives you another direction to consider! Bernice

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