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.
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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.
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 Project Ideas - 13 Interesting ways to use up fabric scraps
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The uses for scrap fabric twine are endless. Here are a few ideas to get your creative upcycling juices flowing.
Scrap fabric twine makes a great alternative to ribbon or cord when wrapping gifts. I've made this red and white twine to resemble candy canes for Christmas gift wrapping, but any colour of scrappy cord would look great.
Using the same traditional techniques as rush weaving, damaged seats of old chairs can be updated with fabric twine. Not only is fabric rope an inexpensive alternative to traditional rush fibre, it is also very strong and will take a lot of wear.
Scrap fabric twine can be used in place of rope to make machine sewn fabric bowls or baskets. The technique used is almost identical to making a spiral mat, but instead of keeping the cord flat, the sides are curved up while stitching.
Don't discard old drum lampshades. They too can be easily wrapped with fabric twine. This project involves winding the rope around the stripped wire frame, but if you have a frame-less lampshade, the twine can be wrapped directly over the shade covering the existing fabric.
This ingenious crafter has made bangles using the slats of broken mini Venetian blinds by gluing them in a ring shape and wrapping with fabric. If you don't have any blinds to upcycle, you could totally wrap any old bangle with scrap fabric twine to give them a colourful new look.
I hope I’ve inspired you with some scrapbusting project ideas.
Leave me a comment with what you’ve made from your fabric scraps.