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Things to Make with Fabric Samples, Scraps, and Remnants

17 Ways to Use Fabric Samples to Decorate Your Home

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Things to Make with Fabric Samples, Scraps, and Remnants

Upholstery Fabric Samples

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Furniture and upholstery shops usually toss fabric samples once they're discontinued. Upholsterers may sell or toss scraps and remnants, depending on the size. Fabric stores and outlets sell remnants once the bolt is nearly empty. You can find previously used yardage -- in the form of vintage clothing, tablecloths, bedspreads, and draperies -- at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.

All of those gorgeous fabrics you can find free or nearly free may seem too small to use for home decorating projects. They're not. While you probably can't recover your sofa with scrap yardage, try these 17 things to make with fabric samples, scraps, and remnants.

  1. Pillows
  2. Chair Seats
  3. Valances
  4. Drawer Liners
  5. Covered Lamp Shades
  6. Textile Art and Weavings
  7. Window Shades
  8. Napkins
  9. Braided Rag Rugs
  10. Cafe Curtains
  11. Placemats
  12. Cornice Boards
  13. Displays and Backdrops
  14. Quilts
  15. Bias and Binding Tape
  16. Welt
  17. Applique
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