Holy Scrap! What to do with Scrap Fabrics? (DIY) | Style Pile #18
Holy Scrap! What to do with Scrap Fabrics? (DIY) | Style Pile #18

There is a box in every crafter’s home,
that is filled with old unfinished projects, and stuff you thrifted in the hopes of upcycling. That becomes abandoned, that becomes forgotten. Well this is the series that tackles that
forgotten box. This is the Style Pile! This video is supported in part by Storyblocks. Hello! Welcome back to the Style Pile, and we’re
up to episode 18… and somehow my style pile has only grown bigger… which means I definitely
need to start making these videos more frequently and STOP buying new stuff to add to the pile. ANYWAY, I’d like to introduce you all to
a NEW component of my “style pile” (let’s be real, style pile is just a euphemistic
term for “hoarding problem” at this point). Yes, it’s a third box. So this third box is entirely scraps, old
worn-out clothes and unwanted projects. So for the last 6 months or so I’ve been
saving every single bit of fabric scrap from other projects, either from when I’m upcycling
things – like, this is the bottom of the t-shirt that I cut off in episode 16 – or
when I’m making clothes from scratch, and there’s curvy bits in the pattern… like
this fabric here is some scraps leftover from making a pair of pants! I also throw things in here when I make something
ridiculous for make thrift buy that I’m never going to wear… does anybody recognize
this particular one? Now a huge reason that I’ve been doing this
is that I recently watched this program, that aired in Australia, called “The War On Waste”
and this is how many clothes Australians throw out every ten minutes! So after seeing this, I was like, WELP, I’m
never throwing out any tiny piece of fabric or tiny piece of thread ever again, because
I don’t want to contribute to this huge waste of fabric and resources. And so I have ended up with this quickly growing
scrap pile. So let’s see what we can do with these! Can we turn them into something new? Project number 1! The first thing that I’m going to try and
make with my scrap fabrics is a Plushie Toy! Now it’s my niece’s 5th birthday this
week, and I wanted to make her something cute! So, I’m going to use THIS piece of fabric,
which is also a cut off from this cotton t-shirt that I also upcycled in the episode 16, and
I’m going to iron an image onto it. So first, I needed to find an image. Now, I wanted to make a cute cartoon animal
plushie. But I also didn’t want to infringe on any
copyrights. So I headed over to my favourite royalty free
graphics website – formerly known as Graphic Stock – you guys know that I’m a huge
fan, and I’ve used them before, I’ve told you about them before – Storyblocks! And full disclosure, they are also sponsoring
this video! Anyway first I did a search for some owls,
coz I think owls are really cute, they’d make a cute plushie – but [laughing] why are
you so sad?! And then I looked up unicorns and I actually
found some super cute narwhals, which would also make a pretty great plushie. Then I typed in hedgehog, and I ended up finding
this super cute image, but I also ended up deciding to use this fox from the image instead! So next I opened up the image in photoshop,
removed the background colours, and I did this little trick to add SEAM ALLOWANCE around
the fox image, which is important for making the plushie. To add the seam allowance, in photoshop, with
the fox layer selected, I went to Layer>Layer Style, and I clicked on Stroke. This opened up this box, which puts an outline
around the fox image. So I played around with outline colours and
widths, and I also cleaned up the edges using the eraser tool. This toggle here changes the width of the
outline, I bumped mine up to 20 to get an approximately half an inch seam allowance
around the fox once it was printed out. Now I printed it out onto plain paper first
to check that the size was right, before I printed it out properly in full colour onto
my photo transfer paper. And… then, this happened. “Nooooo!” Sighhhh. PRINTERS. I swear it;s the one technology that’s never
really improved since I was a kid. Anyway, this slightly-damaged the very expensive
photo transfer paper that I was trying to print on, but I didn’t want it to go to waste
so I put the paper through for a second attempt AND – we finally got there! Now for the transfer paper, I’m using Lesley
Riley’s TAP, which is honestly the best transfer paper I’ve ever used, especially
if you’re making something like a plushie. That’s because when you iron it onto the
fabric, the image actually sets itself INTO the fabric instead of just being stuck on
top of the fabric in a plasticy-way like other transfers I’ve used. I’ll show you a close up at the end of this
tutorial, and you’ll see what I mean! So I cut the fox out with scissors, and then
I followed the instructions in the transfer paper kit to set the image into the fabric. Now this is only my second time using this
transfer paper, so I’m still working out the kinks – and larger images are harder
to do than smaller ones – BUT I think that overall, it transferred pretty well! So once I’d transferred the image to this
white cotton t-shirt scrap, I then searched through my scrap fabric box for two more pieces
that could act as 1. the back piece, and 2. A backing for the fox image. The scraps just needed to be larger than the
fox image. So I ended up with these two pieces, which
are both light-weight, woven, non-stretchy cottons, and I cut them to roughly the same
size as the fox image fabric. This darker floral fabric is going to become
the backing for the fox image. I put some pins through the two layers to
hold them together, and next I’m going to sew them together like THIS. I sewed right on the edge of that orange outline
“seam allowance” that I added, using a straight stitch. Now because t-shirt fabric is stretchy, I
was also careful to not stretch this at all while sewing it to this backing piece. Once that was done I carefully cut around
the image, just outside of the stitches. Then I grabbed this brown floral cotton piece,
which I’m going to use as the back of the plushie, and I flipped it so it was right-side-up,
then flipped the fox down onto it – so the two pieces of fabric are right-sides-together
– and I sewed the two pieces together by sewing around the fox just inside the white
stitches there. I’m also not sewing entirely around the
fox shape – I’m going to leave a small opening here. Then I cut off all that excess backing fabric
by cutting around the fox shape, just outside of those two lines of stitching. And those offcuts went right back into the
scrap pile! Then, through the small opening, I turned
the fox the right way around. I also used a pair of scissors to help me
push out the more difficult corners! And now we have a very deflated-looking fox
plushie, ready to be stuffed! Now because I’m using all scrap fabrics
for this project, instead of using something like Polyfill, I’m going to use scrap fabrics
to fill it. So this is where all my teeniest tiniest fabric
scraps get their chance to shine! A lot of these are offcuts from when I use
my overlocker, or cut threads off of my sewing machine! However, I didn’t think that even all of
these scraps would be enough to fill the fox, so I also chopped up some larger fabric scraps
like this, by folding them up and then chopping them into bits with scissors. I also tried cutting strips with my rotary
cutter just like a master chef slicing up some vegetables. And that worked… but it was a little bit
more dangerous, so… please be careful if you try this method! Anyway, then I used all this shredded fabric
to stuff the fox, through that little gap in its side! And yeah, this pile of scraps looks like more
than enough to fill the fox, right? Well, I actually needed even more than this! So I cut up a lot more larger scraps to fill
it. Once it was filled, I hand-sewed up the small
hole in the side, and it was done! OH and before I show you the final project,
I wanted to show you how well this transfer paper goes in the fabric – see how it’s
really a PART of the fabric, not just stuck on top, all plastic-y-looking, like most fabric
transfers can be? Anyway, this is what it looks like aaaaall
finished! SO, that was a really simple way of making
a cute Plushie toy, BUT if you scaled it up, this method could also be used to make something
like a pillow as well! The only “new” thing that you need in
this project is transfer paper, everything else is made from your old scraps! [kids cartoon music plays] SO, we still have 3 other scrap fabric projects
to go, I’ve filmed a total of 4, but this video is getting long enough already! SO what I’m going to do is to break this
up into a little mini-series of 4 episodes. So come back here in 3 days, if you’re watching
this on the day that this comes out, to see me try and make a sleeping mask out of all
scrap fabrics and old clothes! And then in parts 3 and 4 we’ll also be
trying out 2 other projects! So as I mentioned in the beginning, StoryBlocks
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companies that support this channel! Anyway, I’ll see YOU all for parts 2, 3
and 4 really soon. Bye for now! Thank you to all of my supporters on Patreon
who, along with the sponsor of this episode, make these video possible! To become a Patreon supporter, go to patreon.com/annikavictoria.

66 thoughts on “Holy Scrap! What to do with Scrap Fabrics? (DIY) | Style Pile #18”

  1. Annika Victoria says:

    You can find all 4 episodes here!
    ~ The entire scrap fabric mini-series ~
    Part 1: You're watching it!
    Part 2: https://youtu.be/3fdv_UZt1Jc
    Part 3: https://youtu.be/i9dH7mu6UfQ
    Part 4: https://youtu.be/tDuLPbQhaII

  2. Sabina _ says:

    Amazing 😀

  3. Laura Glynn says:

    i'd really like to see you make one of those patchwork jackets with the fun hood!

  4. Your Friend says:

    You need to make friends with the edit key.

  5. emily_ bo_bemily says:

    That virgin killer sweater!!!

  6. Shannon Smith says:

    I have felt. All like leopard and paw print fabrics. I wanna make like a bag out of it. But I don't know where to start. The red fabric is in long strips and with a with of 5 inches. I don't know what to do with it. It's soft felt like the kind you use to make felt blankets but there's not much there to use it for that.

    I need help on ideas for it

  7. The Forest says:

    Thats not even that much 😉 All my scrapes were in my basement. I had 5 gigantic plastic bins. I offered the pieces for free or best offer at a garage sale, no one wanted them. Offered them to donation, they didn't want them. So I ended up throwing them away 🙁 Ones I kept, I am making them into a quilt! Many quilts 🙂

  8. Nyctophora says:

    How did you … who told you about the box?!

  9. elise hodge says:

    Save the planet!!! Make cute toys!!!

  10. kndy Garcia says:

    Mmmm entre al vídeo porque en el previo el título del vídeo estaba en español y resulta que está todo en inglés 😒🙄😑

  11. robert2594 says:

    I ❤ this video👍👍

  12. robert2594 says:

    1 Question :……..Have you ever made or tried making a mermaid tail?!! 😊

  13. TaeTae Studios says:

    you have to make more of these series omg ❤️❤️❤️ love youuu

  14. Dark Zala says:

    You're great. Amazing. I'm a noob in sewing. Didn't know anything except needle, thread and scissor. Fudge you give me lots of inspirations.

  15. Amara Tsuki says:

    I love that you have this series!!! I definitely have a style mountain !

  16. Melon Cornets says:

    One thing I found on Pinterest that I'm going to dump my scraps in is a round foot cushion, like a giant poof. Thanks for showing your audience the importance of reusing.

  17. butterscotchbox says:

    well now I just HAVE to make a plushie lol

  18. My name Is Olivia says:

    So cute

  19. Creative Clouds says:

    I love your grape earrings

  20. GloriaJ123456 says:

    I adore this! 💗

  21. Rebecca L says:

    Is it just me but is the title and description translated to your own language? In my case Swedish. It looks like a pretty good google translate but with some help with the puns.

  22. Eva_Lan Studio says:

    If I may suggest your next idea! You could make paper from scrap cotton fabric!

    1) cut the fabric into small pieces so they don't wind around the blender

    2) stick them in the blender with plenty of water and BLEND!

    3) pour the puree into a mould and deckle

    4) Drain the water and SLAP it unto a dry towel

    5) place another towel on top and squish it down with a rolling pin

    6) carefully remove the paper from the towels and place it on a clean flat surface to dry!

    DONE! You have yourself some nice scrap fabric paper!

  23. StabbyAbby says:

    you see, i dont have this problem, AS I MAKE DOLL CUSTOMS TOO!!!!
    seriously tho these two hobbies of mine are so great together lol
    any scraps of fabric i use can be used to make doll clothes lol

  24. Florencia Morera Ianiszewski says:


  25. Daifei acciomua says:

    So cute!

  26. Allison Powell says:

    you don't want to see my scrap boxes lol, I usually put my snipped threads from my sewing machine into xmas baubles ( I buy them after xmas cos half price) then fill them up and have them around the house. I just love how people are getting into repurposing and re using as it is something I have done my entire life. Thrifty? You betcha !! I also keep my snippets of cross stitch threads in baubles.

  27. Nanako richardson says:

    Awesome vid!

  28. Adelaida Seymour says:

    M a

  29. Gabrielle Martin says:

    So I just found this and I’m so excited! I just recently started doing some projects and hate wasting so I already have a decent size scraps pile! I can’t wait to try this and watch your other videos 😊

  30. Lola Delevingne says:

    This is SO cute and such a good idea

  31. Cody Geewin says:

    I do that also I call cutting the fabric into small pieces fabric mulch I make pillows or pads. Ie neck or back pillows. They can be used for pets, outside use, I made a pad for my dad to sit on or kneel on when he works on cars. So the fabric mulch has Alot of uses. I recommend it be used for non essential items. You can wash it but make sure it dries fully to Avoid dampness. It might take a day or 2 to fully dry. Given all the fabric mulch inside. Enjoy!!

  32. Dopey Diablo says:

    BTW some charity shops accept scraps and recycle them 🙂

  33. Winter Nevada says:

    Yes! Such a good idea! I just used this trick to stuff a pair of kitty slippers. (worn by humans but look like cats).

  34. Monica Shahatit says:

    That transfer paper is awesome, we needed it last night.

  35. Fiona MG says:

    I know this video is over a year old, but I wanted to tell you about something I love very much. I am a big fan of tidying, particlarly when it comes to clothes. I used to have a lot of clothes, some of them that I didn't even wear. I started about a year and a half ago to go through all my clothes every other month and got rid of a lot of them. I think I finally reach the point where I actually like, need and wear everything in my wardrobe, and that makes me very happy. However, every time I got rid of my clothes, a lot of them were still wearable and even throwing away those that weren't seemed quite wrong. That's how I discovered an wonderful organization : you can donate anything made of fabric and it will have a second life, wether it's a piece of clothing or scrap fabric. They have a realy cheap thrift shop wear they sell everything that was donate but is still in a good shape ; they shred everything else in tiny, tiny pieces to make ecological insulation for houses. And it works really well ! They receive tons and tons of clothes every week ! And most importantly it is a long-term solution !

  36. A Butler says:

    Absolutely awesome!

  37. Markxxx says:

    make a quilt out of them

  38. Shetasen says:

    My favorite stuffed animals as a kid was stuffed with scraps and yarn. Though i will say some people these day wrinkle their nose at scrap filling. Which is weird.

  39. marooon says:

    This is really cool!

  40. sofia X cosmo says:

    i have a box of foam and fur scraps what do i do

  41. T Miles says:

    I love you. We are sisters in spirit 👯❣️

  42. Spring Flower says:


  43. K L. says:

    I was wondering if my printer could do that then I realized we have the same one!

  44. Fern L. says:

    Loved the video! And I'm happy to hear that more people are trying to reduce waste

  45. juanita auelua says:

    The fox plushie is so cute aww ur niece will love it u made it with love

  46. georgoudixxx says:

    Using fabric scraps as filling is an amazing idea! Thank you, you broadened my mind on this matter <3

  47. Little Stars says:

    This helped a lot, because my scraps have been growing in numbers lately, and I didn't want to waste any. I didn't know what to do with it, and didn't want to waste it. I don't have enough for a plushie, but your video was very helpful <3

    I don't have enough scraps for a plushie, but I do have cotton fabric that is pretty much brand new. I'll look into that transfer paper next time I try to make one, that turned out great! I subscribed.

  48. Lys says:

    I love you so much! I have recently discovered this channel and I am so happy with your channels message! Thank you! Hugs! 💚💚💚

  49. gns says:

    I use small pieces to make fabric buttons☺ and larger pieces to make doll clothes👍

  50. Júlia Kercsmár says:

    The fox and hedgehog talking about upcycling lol! Love this video! Instant subscribe!

  51. Lisa Medlin says:

    Good job.

  52. Om Abdulazizq says:


  53. My Frugal Raggy Life says:

    Interesting – but you speak rather fast, and I have trouble understanding.

  54. Barbara Badgett says:

    Awesome! Love the ideas!

  55. Rachel Rothrock says:

    I was going to say use the off cuts to stuff and you did! that is what I like to do too!

  56. Ada Encarnacion says:

    Hi Annika can I use Storyblocks on my tablet or on my my phone?

  57. hermeoni grenger says:

    I will make patchwork with these fabrics

  58. Maplewood w says:

    here is how i get rid of all my scraps i make scruncies

  59. Deidre Pyatte says:

    for me? NOT worth making, it isn't useful AND will end up in a scrap toy box

  60. My name is Unknown says:

    My family never throws away clothes. Not to recycle. But most clothes in my family consists of handmy-downs so what do we do with handmy-downs? We handmy- them down.

  61. Treka Double says:

    Every piece of scraps that you have that has a print you can use to decorate or fix up your clothes. I had a pull-over that had been destroyed by myy pet rats, and the front of it had a nice print. I cut the print out and sew it on my backpack, i could have sewn it to another pull-over too or to a t- shirt. My rats also ate my denim jacket, so i sew a cute Cotton fabric with a flower print along the edges of the pockets to hide the damaged edges. I also used little pieces of old jeans to make little patch and i sew them over the bigger holes that werent on the edges. You can save a lot of clothes with scraps

  62. Fun Crafts says:

    Video starts at 1:50
    For all of you that are waiting for the real content

  63. Barbara LeMere says:

    Great idea to winnow down the scrap box! Good vid.

  64. Liisa Touati says:

    Lovely! I love your down to earth enthusiasm, if that makes sense. You made my day!

  65. Alma Vanamerongen says:

    Make scrunchies

  66. The Neon Chimp Channel says:

    I finally got around to trying this. I used an old t-shirt for a TV show I produced that had the show's mascot on it. It's not perfect, but it turned out okay. Thanks for showing me how.

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