Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fabric Scrap DIY Storage


Last weekend I gathered some of my favorite scraps and charm squares (mostly Anna Maria Horner fabrics) to attack this bright pink fabric set of drawers:

For weeks, I was ready to get rid of it, and it sat near my front door (I kept contemplating whether or not I should toss it in the dumpster). It previously held sewing bits and bobs, but I found a new place for those things (a hanging Orla Kiely makeup bag in my fabric closet). I just knew I could use the drawers for something... but what? I then realized that if I turned it on its side (like above) and took out the drawers, I could make it into a filing system for my patterns, school papers, and stationary. I even kept the drawers to hold/sort fabric for the time being! Recycling at its finest, right?

So began the Mod Podge madness. I made sure I covered a wide area of carpet with newspaper before I got to work. The Mod Podge worked best when I globbed it on first with a wide, spongy paintbrush, and then spread some over top the fabric.

To prevent fraying, I overlapped pieces. Some scraps also wrap around to other sides.

Finally, I covered the facing-out edges in black washi polka dot tape. It doesn't stick very well to the Mod Podged fabric, though. Oh well. It still looks finished and professional.

Now I have my file system! What are your favorite things to do with fabric scraps (besides make a quilt)? Even think of those itty bitty 1-2" scraps (if you hoard them like I do) - what do you do with them?


  1. That is so cute! I recently posted a lampshade and custom letter tutorials using scraps on my blog. I'm (possibly) crazy and save every last bit so sometimes I think my scrap stash far exceeds my yardage fabric stash. lol

  2. What a great idea!! It turned out really cute too

  3. oooh notebooks in it! I was wondering what you were going to do with it! I like using the tiny scraps for ticker tape doll quilts or cards. I will have to find something to modpodge now...

  4. I love how it turned out! I recently went to a mod podge party and had so much fun! These ladies mod podged everything! Such a neat project!


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