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Quilting Scraps

“Use Them Up”

Are you tired of having the quilting scraps piling up and taking too much room in your home?

Want some ideas as to what you should do with those scraps?

We’ll give you a few ideas for projects.  Then give you a free pattern that is perfect for using those leftover pieces.


One of the easiest ways to use up those leftover bits is to turn them into quilting blocks.

The blocks can be any size you want.  Ideally the finished size of these blocks should be 6x6, 8x8, 10x10, or 12x12 inches. 

There are a few ways to make blocks from scraps.

  • A pattern can be used.
  • Just random patch work.
  • Or odds and ends can be made into strips and the strips can be sewn together.

Whichever way that you choose, the blocks can later be thrown together to make a quick quilt.

Quilting Scraps Strips

The remains of quilting borders are perfect for strips. 

Other scraps can be made into strips of material as well.

These are excellent to have around.  When you get the urge to assemble a fast quilting top, they are ideal.

There are several patterns out there that use strips of fabric. 

One of these patterns can be used or you can just start stitching them together to make your own unique pattern.

The Free Quilting Scraps Pattern

Ready for your free pattern?

This is what the free scrappy quilting pattern will look like once you've completed a block.

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The finished quilt can be any size you desire by adding as many blocks as you need.

To start this project you will need the foundation block pattern.

Print off as many copies of the pattern as you intend to make.  You will need a copy for each block you are doing for your quilt.

To explain further, 6 copies if your quilt is only using 6 blocks.  112 copies if your quilt will have 112 blocks to complete it.

Plan on making your quilt in dimensions of 6 inch increments.  Divide your overall dimensions (length and width) by 6 to give you how many blocks you need to complete the task.

To explain further go here.

Once you have all the copies of the scrappy foundation block pattern printed out, move on to the “Steps”.

Steps for the Quilting Scraps Pattern

Start with having all of the fabric prepared.  Wash and press it with an iron.  This will ensure that the fabric won’t shrink when you wash your final quilt and that you will have smooth materials to work with.  This is particularly helpful when it comes to sewing them together.

Cut your fabric in a way to ensure that all of the pieces are at least ½ inch bigger that what you need.  They do not need to be the exact shape of your design pieces.  For example, it could be rectangles that you cut out, but your final pieces are diamonds.  You can even use scraps if you’d like.

Now, pin the first piece (#A1) of fabric with the wrong side touching back side of the paper, over where the first piece is marked.  Make sure it has good placement by holding the two up to a light source, like a window.  The fabric should cover the entire place of the design and overlap the surrounding places by at least ¼ inch.

Here is where most people get tricked up when working with free foundation block patterns.

Pin the next piece (#A2) of fabric with the right side touching the right side of the first piece of fabric.  The edge of the second piece should overlap its seam line by at least a ¼ inch and when unfolded overlaps the surrounding sections by ¼ inch. 

Remember that you want all of the right sides on the materials to be facing away from the paper when the block is finished.

Hold the fabric up to the light to make sure that the placement is ideal.

Place the materials paper side facing up.  Sew on the line using stitches that are 1 to 1.5 mm.  This can be done with either a sewing machine or by hand.

Once the pieces are stitched together trim whatever excess material there is.  Remember to keep ¼ for the seam allowance all around.

Unpin and unfold the fabric sections.

When piece #2 is unfolded, pin it into the fabric’s proper place on the paper guide.

Lay the material for piece #3 over #2 with right sides touching.  Make sure the seam edge overlaps the seam line and all around to the neighboring sections by at least a ¼ inch.

Pin fabric #A3 into place.  Hold up to light to ensure proper placement.

Stitch on the line just like before.

Trim excess material ¼ inch away from the seam that was just sewn.

Unpin, unfold and pin section #A3 into proper place on the paper guide.

Continue to work in this manner until all the pieces are stitched into place.

Once at this point, baste with long stitches around the edge of your block.

Trim the excess cloth and leave a ¼ inch seam allowance around the outer edge of the block.

Now, carefully tear away the paper from the back of your quilting block.

Voilà, the quilting scraps block is done with expert procession.

Printed pattern is needed for each block.

Repeat this process for each quilting block that you want to have as part of your quilt top. 

Wrap Up

Quilting scraps are a wonderful way not to waste materials.  They also ensure that your finished quilt will be one of a kind.

Enjoy the fun that you can create.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,


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