Scrap Fabric Twine Project Ideas to upcycle all those bits of leftover fabric

Don’t throw away your long scraps of fabric. Instead turn them into recycled fabric rope and make something useful with it. Here are some great ideas for scrap fabric twine projects to use up even the smallest scraps of fabric.

collage with images of craft projects made with scrap fabric twine

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I have to admit, I’m a self proclaimed scrap hoarder. Be it yarn scraps or fabric scraps, I rarely throw even the tiniest piece away, lest I find a crafty use for it down the track.

Small fabric scraps can be used for small sewing projects, like this patchwork trivet, or hexagon table runner.

Long thin scraps are harder to find uses for, until now.

If you don’t have a collection of long fabric scraps, you can tear up old sheets, worn out business shirts or other unwanted fabric.

Why you should upcycle your fabric scraps into Scrap Fabric Twine

1. Reduces waste and is environmentally responsible

The EPA(US) estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space. Granted, most of that is unwanted clothing, but as crafters we have a responsibility to use materials efficiently and not contribute to landfill unnecessarily. Diverting scraps from landfill to make something useful, like a rug or basket (and not having to buy that product new), is a very tangible way to reduce our consumption and carbon footprint.

2. You’ll save money

Using up all the fabric scraps you have is free, so it’s the perfect money saving craft project to keep you busy right now.

3. Clears clutter and frees up storage space

If you’re anything like me, you might keep all the fabric scraps ‘just in case’. All those really long thin pieces can tangle together and make a big mess. It’s amazing how quickly fabric scraps accumulate. Making a concerted effort to use up scrap fabric in projects will help you free up storage space to help de-clutter your home.

4. It’s addictive!

You’ll get hooked on making rope with scrap fabric. It’s super addictive and sort of meditative, and because it doesn’t require too much concentration, you can make it while you watch a movie or your favourite TV show. The perfect multi-tasking craft!

5. Scrap Fabric Twine has so many uses

Scrap fabric twine can be used in so many ways. I’ve rounded up a list of 13 projects and ideas just to get you started. If you know an avid gardener, gift them a spool of homemade twine, it comes in so handy for tying up stuff.

Scrap fabric twine craft project ideas

Scrap Fabric Twine Project Ideas - 13 Interesting ways to use up fabric scraps

Take your scrap fabric recycling to the next level with these upcycling projects that can be made with hand twisted scrap fabric cord.

The uses for scrap fabric twine are endless. Here are a few ideas to get your creative upcycling juices flowing.

If you don't fancy making your own fabric twine, you can purchase pre-made recycled fabric cord from various handmakers on Etsy.

I hope I’ve inspired you with some scrapbusting project ideas.

Leave me a comment with what you’ve made from your fabric scraps.


  • Jules says:

    Brilliant!!! Love this post. I’ve made lots of fabric twine since your original post and these ideas are great. I love the idea of tying up presents and weaving potholders or mats. The bowls I made are so pretty. Thanks!

  • Kathy A says:

    Hi I just finished my scrap yarn basket.
    I need to change my bottom rounds. Way too big. How can I do this without destroying my entire project ? There must be a way. Please respond thanks

  • Susan Kaplan Walder says:

    Thank you for this great idea. I am looking forward to beginning this project.

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