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Fabric Crafts – DIY SIMPLE projects with whole Family

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In the craft world, there is plenty of fun to be had with fabric! And we don’t just mean sewing, although sewing can certainly lead to some cool project outcomes. The problem with showing is that it is difficult to do things by hand and there are many folks out there that do not have access to a sewing machine.

Fabric Crafts

The good news is that fabric crafts can often be assembled with regular glue or hot glue. Here are some of our favorite crafts that involve fabric. While some of them will include sewing in some capacity, some of them can be done with glue, or modified to be done with glue.

Cloth Napkins

In a world where we are all trying to be a little bit more environmentally friendly, one of the first steps that we can all be taking is replacing our disposable cleaning materials. This includes those fancy paper napkins that you would take out for parties or other gatherings. You know the ones with special designs or characters on them? While it may seem difficult to part with them, you can make lovely napkins out of cloth that are not only adorable but are also better for the planet. Get the details at Crafty for Home.

Body Pillow

We all spend around two-thirds of our lives sleeping, so it only makes sense that we want to make the most of that time spent. We love this pattern for a large body pillow that comes from Apartment Therapy.The best part about it is that you can use any kind of fabric that you’d like. This is the perfect opportunity to recycle some of your old childhood blankets or t-shirts that you may no longer have a use for.

Baby Blanket

Speaking of recycling old fabric scraps that you no longer have a use for, what could be a better option than making them into a family treasure? If there is a new special little one in your life, you can use fabric that have meant something to you to create a cozy baby blanket for them. Get the innovative idea from Crazy Little Projects.

Spider Web Shirt

This kind of fabric craft is unique because it doesn’t involve the addition of fabric. Instead, it involves the cutting up of fabric! This may seem counterintuitive but it’s the way it goes in the crafting world sometimes. Here is how you can get the look, which involves a t-shirt with slits cut in it that look like a spider’s web.

Fabric Bulletin Board

A bulletin board is a great way to keep our busy lives together. While you could always find a cork bulletin board to hang on your wall, this doesn’t always match with everyone’s aesthetics. By following this smart bulletin board tutorial from Confessions of a Serial DIYer, you can make a functional yet trendy memo board to showcase all of your week’s upcoming events. Get the entire details here.

Tassel Bookmarks

Here is a great gift idea for the book lover in your life. Of course, we are not ones to judge if this book lover happens to be yourself! Fabric bookmarks are not only environmentally friendly, but they also provide an opportunity for all of that scrap fabric that you are wondering what to do with. You know those scraps, the ones that are too small to really put to any other use. Why not use them to make adorable tassel bookmarks, as seen here at Think Make Share Blog?

Fabric Book Covers

Long gone maybe the days of having to cover up textbooks in school, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t cover up your books for your own personal project. You can make very cute book covers out of fabric—it only takes a few minutes! See it demonstrated very well at this tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking.

Fabric Pumpkin

Autumn can be the best season to decorate for, mostly because nature provides us with things that are already quite decorative such as pumpkins. However, if you don’t trust yourself to decorate with an authentic pumpkin, this fabric pumpkin is the next best thing. We love how you can set it aside to use for the next season—without even having to worry about it rotting and stinking up your storage area! Get the details from It All Started With Paint.

Pin Cushion

We are about to get a little bit meta this next one. We know we talked about how these fabric crafts are great because they don’t require any sewing knowledge, but here we are, presenting you with a tutorial on how to make an accessory that will specifically help you with sewing. In any case, this pin cushion from Happy Together by Jess is adorable, and is the perfect use for little fabric scraps!

Fabric Ball

This adorable fabric ball is fun for both kids and pets. It can also be used as a decoration. By following this tutorial from the Country Chic Cottage, you can make a fabric ball to your tastes. While this works best using felt-like fabric, you can realistically use any type of fabric that you have on hand.

Easy Scrunchie

Have you heard the news? Scrunchies are back in style in a big way. if you gave away all of your beloved scrunchies from the 90s, you’re not alone. The rest of us are in the same boat, scrambling to make our own scrunchies. This easy tutorial from Apple Green Cottage is very clear and can show you how you can make scrunchies out of fabric.

Fabric Keychains

Considering all of the things that technology has been eager to erase, keychains are something that has seemed to continue to stay relevant in spite of everything. After all, keys on keychains are the first thing that many of us check for before we leave the house. You can make an adorable and unique keychain that is one of a kind out of fabric by following the guide from Craftiness is Not Optional.

Fabric Belt

Belts can be made from many different types of materials, such as leather and—you guessed it—fabric. However, when you are making a fabric belt you have to be careful that you are making something that is strong enough to hold up your pants. This tutorial will involve some sewing, but it’s nothing that a new and eager seamstress can’t handle. Get the details at We All Sew.

Fabric Bookmark

These are similar to our tassel bookmarks from above, but different enough that they deserve their own little spot on this list of magical fabric crafts. If you are looking for something a bit less feminine and showy, this simple bookmark tutorial from Crazy Little Projects just might hit the mark for you.

Fabric Wallet

We all need a place to keep our cards and our money, and if you are still using a rubber band or an old raggedy wallet, then it is time to fix that. You can make a lovely fabric wallet by following this tutorial from over at Modest Maven. It is surprisingly easy to make, considering that it is such a functional item!

Rag Garland

A garland makes a beautiful party decoration, or an all-the-time decoration for a kid’s room. However, mostly thanks to their popularity, garlands have become pretty expensive to buy, especially if you are buying homemade ones. So why not make a garland yourself? It’s not too hard to do, but it is made even easier by following the clear directions that are available over at Infarrantly Creative.

Fabric Bows

Just like scrunchies, hair bows are back and more popular than ever! We love the way that fabric bows offer so many options for expressing yourself through an accessory. You can have a polka dot bow, a striped bow…..the possibilities really are endless. Find out how to make a bow from this accessible pattern that is available from Stitched by Crystal.

No matter your sewing skill level, working with fabric is not only incredibly fun but can also result in some beautiful crafts, as seen here in this list. It is also a great way to do your part for the environment, as a lot of the crafts that we can make out of fabric serve as replacements for plastic or paper items that we use in our everyday life. What is your favorite idea from this list?

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