3 Projects to Reuse your Sewing Trimmings!

If wasting fabric and thread of any kind drives you a little mad then I’m sure you’ve wondered what could possibly be done with those leftover tiny trimmings that end up in your thread catcher bin. 

I’ve come up with three unique ways to repurpose and reuse those tiny scraps of thread and fabric so that you don’t have to throw them away next time around!

thread catcher bin project ideas
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

These projects range from small to large and can depend on your preference or just how often you want to empty your bin. 

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Watch the Video

As well as the projects below which are meant for tiny slivers of scraps – also check out my series on how to Make Fabric from your Scraps:

1. Scrap Fabric Bookmarks

If emptying your thread catcher bin every week sounds like your idea of a doable commitment then this small project will be perfect for you.

A scrap fabric bookmark is not only a fun way to keep those teeny tiny scraps out of the garbage bin but also make great gifts for teachers and book lovers. 

scrap fabric bookmark
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

For a full tutorial on making bookmarks from tiny fabric trimmings, you can check out this blog post and this video tutorial

This same technique can be used for other projects such as ornaments and coasters. 

Total time needed: 1 hour

Difficulty level: Easy

2. Scrap Fabric Filled Footstool 

If it’s been a few months since you’ve emptied your bin, you probably have a lot more scraps and trimmings available.

If you’re up to a medium-sized project, this footstool is a great place to start. 

scrap fabric stuffed footstool
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

With just an empty plastic container, leftover fabric scraps, leftover quilt batting, and some glue, you’ll be propping your feet up to relax in no time. 

Total time needed: 2 hours

Difficulty level: Easy

3. Easy Scrap Fabric Filled Beanbag

You’ve not emptied your thread catcher bin in at least a year – now what?

No shame if you’ve let it build up because now you get to make a bean bag without having to buy bean bag filling. 

This project used up quite a lot of scraps and trimmings so it’s great if you have a ton of leftovers. I made an inner cover and a zippable outer cover so that it could be washed. 

scrap fabric bean bag
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

You can watch my video tutorial above for inspiration.

It isn’t a full step-by-step how-to tutorial but is more meant as an inspiration on what you can do with a lot of leftover scraps when your bin needs to be emptied. 

Total time needed: 1 hour

Difficulty level: Easy (if you are not a perfectionist!)

I hope you liked these ideas and I’d love to hear yours too! I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my sewing room waste!

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