How to Use Quilting Scraps for Holiday Projects

Is your scrap bag overflowing with leftovers from the projects of holidays past? Make this year even more festive with these stash-busting projects, and transform your home into a gallery of cozy hand-quilted accents.

Sew Some Stockings

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Delight the kids in your family with personalized quilted stockings made from the brightest of your scraps. Pull out all the snowmen, penguins, Santas and reindeer you can find, and create fabric collages just right for your favorite little ones.

If you find a lot of solid colors like red, green and white, why not treat yourself and your spouse to new stockings, too?

Make a Tree Skirt

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Take all the tiny squares and strips you’ve been stuffing down to the bottom of the scrap bag, and put them together in a patchwork tree skirt. It takes less time than a full-size quilt but has just as much of a visual impact when wrapped snugly around the bottom of your tree.

When Santa makes his rounds, he’ll have the perfect spot to arrange some special surprises for the kids on Christmas morning.

Get Crafty with Gift Bags

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Homemade gifts have a lot of heart, so imagine the impact of tucking one into a gift bag you also made yourself. Transform scraps too small for full quilts into pretty patchwork packages to hold gifts for everyone on your list.

Dress Up the Table

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A holiday table looks even better with some handmade placemats and a table runner to match. These are great projects to use up larger scraps for which you have no particular plans.

Focus on the colors of the season to create a festive set of table linens, or try something unconventional like blue, white and silver for a different effect.

Mark Your Place

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Are you taking advantage of time off around the holidays to finally get to those books you’ve been meaning to read? Make yourself a few festive bookmarks out of scrap fabric to ensure you never lose your place.

It’s such a quick project, you can make a bunch in one sitting and have extras left over to give to the other bibliophiles in your life.

These quick holiday crafts are great for clearing out your scrap bag and making room in your fabric stash for bigger projects in the new year. Turn your scraps into something beautiful, and enjoy your handiwork throughout the season.

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