Often when you finish a cross stitch project you will find that you have got a little extra fabric leftover. Before chucking it in the bin or stashing it away in a box in the depths of your sewing room to be instantly forgotten about, why not make the most of it with one of these fun projects?
There are a wealth of ideas that you can take inspiration from to use up all your leftover bits and turn them from something that takes up space in the bottom of your stitching box to something that you can show off proudly.
So, my friends, grab a cuppa, sit back and let the inspiration strike with these unique and fun ideas.
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DIY phone covers are quick and easy. Simply grab a clear plastic phone case that fits your phone, cut out a piece of matching Aida (make sure to line up the camera holes or else you’ll be taking a lot of very dark photos) and get stitchin’.
Browse Pinterest for ideas, check out this blog post for links to loads of free patterns, have fun with these fonts or freestyle til your wee heart’s content. Be creative and let your phone show your personality whether it be your favourite Anime, a snarky quote, something cute and floofy or something a bit quirky. The world is your very small oyster with this project.
You can find clear phone cases on amazon as cheap as chips
Just as one can never have too many books, one can never have too many bookmarks for said books. Another quick and easy project that allows you to express yo’self in the bounds of a small rectangle.
Simply cut your Aida to size and simply stitch away. You can find lots of bookmark patterns on Etsy, Pinterest and Google, use those free patterns that are linked further up or freestyle it.
You can finish your bookmark all fancy like by sewing a bit of fabric on the back to hide the messy behind (if you stitch anything like yours truly) or pop a bit of fray check around the edges, leave it au natural and let it all hang out.
While a bit more fiddly, jewellery is a fab way to use up those teeny tiny bits of Aida that would otherwise get thrown in the bin. Plus, they make a big statement and let everyone know just where your heart lies (with your needle).
I’ve seen amazing cross stitched earrings, necklace pendants and buttons, all are stunning and really pack a punch. If you don’t believe me, do a quick search on Pinterest or Google, I won’t say “told you so”, promise.
Supplies you may need:
Take your stitching with you wherever you go and make yourself or someone else a personalised keyring. Stitch a kid, a saying, a little motif or something else that will make you want to pull out your keys at the drop of a hat just subtly show off your handywork.
You can make a teeny tiny one a la pendant or a big ole in your face one that no one will miss. Let your creative juices flow and really show your personality. Once you have adorned your own keys, make some for friends and family.
Grab yourself a keyring or two here
There are millions of Christmas Cross stitch patterns available, why not take one of your faves and turn it into a Christmas deco? There are a variety of ways you can display your Crimbo stitches.
Here are a few ideas:
- Frame it and place it on the mantle place
- Pop it in a wee hoop and hang it from the tree
- Turn it into a bauble
- Christmas cards
- Sew up some stockings and add a stitched trim
- Christmas bunting
Turn your house into a Stitched Christmas Grotto!
Spice up your coffee table with some fun coasters. Peppermint Purple has a great range of coaster patterns on her website and Etsy. If you don’t want to splash out, take your favourite elements from patterns you already own and create custom coasters that fit in with your own or a lucky loved ones decor.
You can stitch up a card for almost any occasion from birthdays to get well soon to congratulations to commiserations and everything in between. You can purchase premade cards with a little window for your stitching or grab some card and some scissors and create your own.
There are loads of ideas on Google, Pinterest and Etsy or you can make your own design using elements from patterns you already own or the huge variety of freebies around the web.
Here are some cute slash funny examples to get your inspiration flowing:
Why not snark up the fridge with some sassy stitchin’? If snark isn’t your style you can attach a funny saying, remind yourself that you already ate the last block of chocolate or leave a little love note for your SO.
To make the whole process even easier, you can grab yourself some magnetic photo frames and throw your stitch in one of those bad boys and Bobs ya uncle.
A great idea is using magnets to convey messages such as the one below. I’ve also seen a similar one attached to a dishwasher so everyone knows whether it needs to be emptied or you can pop your dirties in there.
These are amazing! Create your own colour swatches and have a blast creating different colour combinations and palettes for all your key rings, coasters, jewellery, bookmarks and fridge magnets.
Instead of getting our your bobbins or skeins and mucking up your lovely organised stash, make a swatch wall and simply pull out the ones needed before putting them back up, sitting back and admiring your beautiful wall. If I had a swatch wall, I don’t think I’d ever stop looking at it admiration. If someone wants to send me all 500+ DMC colours in swatch form, they’d be most gratefully received.
If you don’t have the wall space to store these bad boys, they’d do just as well lined up like wee soldiers in a little container ready to be taken out for action at a moments notice.
Custom QR Codes
There are many websites that allow you to make your own QR codes. Once you have generated one, all you need to do is find some graph paper and transfer it. The fun part is testing to see if it works. After you have finished one, you’ll be creating them for all sorts of secret coded messages. How fun!
So there you have it, a few ideas to use up all those fabric scraps that would otherwise go to waste. What do you do with your leftovers? Let me know in the comments if you are going to try out any of these ideas or what you do with your leftovers.