One of the best ways to use leftover fabric pieces and fabric scraps is to cut them into small squares. From there, you have a variety of options for utilizing the fabric. Because of their uniform, geometric shape, fabric squares can be used to make a quilt, skirt, tablecloth, or bag. Choose fabric squares that are in the same color family if you would like to coordinate the fabrics, or choose a mix of different fabrics for a more eccentric look.
People typically use fabric squares to make quilts. You can make a quilt out of essentially any kind of fabric square, ranging from printed muslin fabrics to cotton t-shirts that have sentimental value for you. To make a quilt, gather many fabric squares, depending on how large you would like the quilt to be. Arrange them in a way that you like before you start sewing. Then use a sewing machine to attach all of the different fabric squares together to create one large quilt. If you would like, attach some muslin or other cotton fabric to the back of the quilt afterward, to make it sturdier.
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To make a skirt out of fabric squares, start by attaching the fabric squares together. To sew a basic skirt, you need a piece of fabric that is at least 45 inches wide and approximately 2 yards long. In the case of this project, you will be creating this piece of fabric by sewing together the fabric squares. Once you have a large enough piece of fabric, follow a skirt sewing pattern to create the garment.
Similar to a quilt, a tablecloth is a simple yet unexpected way to utilize fabric squares. Since you can use a combination of coordinating patterns and colors with the fabric squares, this kind of tablecloth is an effective way to brighten a space or match the décor that you already have. To make a tablecloth, first, measure the table that you would like to cover. Ensure that you sew it large enough that there will be at least a few inches of overhang on each side. Attach the fabric squares and line the tablecloth if you think it is necessary.
Pillows are fun and easy projects and a good way to use leftover fabric squares. If you need some ideas about pillow and pillowcase patterns, please check out this huge roundup of designs and free patterns.
With a basic pattern, it is relatively simple and quick to make a cloth bag. For a more interesting cloth bag, you can create the fabric that you will use for the bag out of the fabric squares. Determine the fabric yardage that you will need based on the specifications of the pattern. Sew enough squares together to create that fabric yardage. Then attach the fabric to the sewing pattern to cut out the pieces to the correct size. Sew the body of the bag as well as the cloth handle, following the pattern as directed.