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Creative Uses for Fabric Scraps in Quilting

If you're a quilter, chances are you have a stash of fabric scraps that you just can't bear to throw away. Don't worry, we've all been there! The good news is that there are plenty of creative ways to use those scraps in your quilting projects. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re looking for quilting fabrics, stop by Top Shelf Quilts in Mokena — we have more than 4,200 bolts of fine quilting fabrics!

Scrappy Quilts

The most obvious use for quilting fabric scraps is to make a scrappy quilt. These quilts are made up of lots of small pieces of fabric, sewn together in a random or planned pattern. The beauty of a scrappy quilt is that it can be as colorful and eclectic as you like, and it's a great way to use up those small pieces of fabric that might not be large enough for other projects.

Improv Quilting

Improv quilting is all about embracing imperfection and using your creativity to make something unique. Instead of following a specific pattern, improv quilting involves cutting and piecing fabric scraps together in a more free-form way. This approach can be very liberating and can lead to some truly stunning results.


Applique is a technique where small pieces of fabric are sewn onto a larger piece to create a design. Fabric scraps are perfect for this technique, as you can use them to create a variety of shapes and textures. Whether you're making a quilted wall hanging or a bedspread, applique can add a lovely touch of whimsy to your project.

English Paper Piecing

English paper piecing is a traditional quilting technique where fabric is wrapped around paper shapes and then sewn together. This technique is great for using up small scraps of fabric, as you can cut them into tiny shapes and sew them together to create a larger design. English paper piecing can be a bit time-consuming, but the end result is always worth it.

Quilted Accessories

Finally, don't forget about using fabric scraps to make quilted accessories. From tote bags and zippered pouches to coasters and placemats, there are plenty of small projects you can make using fabric scraps. These projects are a great way to practice new techniques and experiment with color combinations.

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There are countless creative ways to use fabric scraps in your quilting projects! With a little bit of patience and a lot of imagination, you can turn those quilting fabric scraps into something truly beautiful. If you have a project you need help with or want to share your designs, contact Top Shelf Quilting in Mokena!

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