5 ways to use up spare fabric

August 12th, 2014 by Alice

Have you got spare fabric lying around and you’ve always meant to do something with it? Maybe re-upholster that old arm chair or make that scatter cushion? This post will help inspire you to get stitching and use it up once and for all. Whether you’ve got an entire roll or scraps and samples, it’ll be gone in no time and you’ll have something lovely to show for it!

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1. Fabric wrapped hangers

This requires almost no work and absolutely no stitching. Just use a scrap of old fabric to wrap around your wire hangers and Bob’s your uncle. It pads out the wire which means your clothes won’t get stretched when you hang them up.

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2. Make a handbag

There’s no need to buy a beach bag from a shop this summer – just make one yourself from your old scraps. It’ll be free, fun and doesn’t matter if it’s ruined by the sand and the sea. You can read some useful tips here.

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3. Upholster a chair

If you’ve got a little extra fabric lying around, use it to breathe new life into your favourite chair or stool. Here‘s a great guide on how to do it – it’s a great project and you’ll feel real pride every time you sit in it!

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4. Scatter cushions

Matching scatter cushions is so 2004. You can use all your different scraps of fabric to create bright and fun combinations  to decorate your bed, sofa or chair. This is a useful guide to how to go about it.

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5.  Make a pelmet

It’s not as difficult as it seems to make your own pelmet or re-upholster an old one. It’s a good way of ensuring the light is blocked out on these bright summer mornings, and if you find fabric that complements your curtains it can look lovely. Here’s a guide on how to go about it.

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