11 Scrap Quilting Patterns to Use Up Your Stash

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


Scrap quilting is an economical approach to patchwork for quilters who like to use up every last bit of fabric. While scrap quilting patterns provide a basic framework for quilting with the leftovers from your fabric stash, there are also some basic techniques that allow you to piece together scraps without using a pattern.

Scrap quilt designs range from free-form improvisational piecing to traditional quilt blocks with precise points. Whatever your quilting style, there are a number of patterns available to help you use up your fabric scraps and whip up a beautiful quilt top, patchwork pillow or other scrap quilting project! Below, you’ll find 11 scrap quilting patterns you can use to help bust your stash.

color wheel scrap quilt

The stunning Color Wheel Scrap Quilt was completed solely with fabric scraps from PersimonDreams’ stash and she used a free-form quilting method to form the patchwork quilt top. As you can see, the scraps vary in size and are mostly square or rectangular in shape, with just a few triangular pieces. By grouping the scraps into color families, she was able to simulate the color wheel with her scrap quilt design.

checkered scrap quilt

My Checkered Stash by Pacific was inspired by the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month series. The classic Dresden Plate quilt block offers a great space to use up scrap fabrics that do not necessarily match. In this design, the shape and size of the petals offer uniformity and help tie together the design. Even when the colors vary widely, fabric scraps with a smaller scale print work well with this scrap quilting pattern.

crazy quilt coasters

These Mini Crazy Quilt Coasters by A.A. are a great design to use up scraps, which are first sorted and grouped by color. To build the blocks for each coaster, one fabric scrap is placed in the center, and the block is built outward in the style of an improvisational or wonky log cabin block. Once the blocks are your desired size, simply trim, quilt and bind!

technicolor scrap quilt

The Technicolour Yawn a.k.a. Scrap Vomit Quilt by Katy Jones uses 2 1/2” squares of scrap fabric (965 of them, to be exact), plus solid black and blue squares (260 total) to create a striking design with visual impact. In this style of scrap quilting, the scraps do not necessarily have to coordinate, since they are merely providing the backdrop for the quilt’s focal point, the blue and black diamond blocks. Katy offers a quilt along on her blog with lots of tips and tricks for accurately piecing this scrappy quilt top.

string blocks scrap quilt

String blocks are a fabulous way to use up scrappy strips of fabric. Typically sewn onto a foundation of paper or solid fabric, these blocks look great in a rainbow of colors or more coordinated tones, like this String-Patch Quilted Bag by AllThatPatchwork. If you don’t quite have enough scrappy quilt blocks to make a quilt, consider a smaller project like this purse or a patchwork pillow!

crossroads scrap quilt

The Arkansas Crossroads Scrap Quilt by difair was assembled by repeating one 12” finished quilt block. This scrap quilting pattern uses 3 1/2” fabric scraps, which don’t necessarily need to match. As you can see, the white background fabric leads your eye around this striking quilt top to create an “X” design amongst the vibrant and bold variety of printed fabric squares.

scrap busting cot quilt

The Scrap Busting Cot Quilt by Sweetpea Clothing was made from cotton fabric scraps left over from sewing little girl’s dresses, skirts and accessories. A variation of a basic stacked coins quilt, this scrap quilt design is made by randomly sewing tiny scraps of fabric into long strips, which are later trimmed and sewn vertically down the center of the quilt top. The hearts are raw-edge appliqued on the quilt top before quilting. Try a scrappy stacked coins quilt on a larger scale for a quilt top that comes together quickly.

scrap quilts

By separating your scraps into warm and cool tones, you can use a variety of fabric scraps to sew a Warm Cool Quilt of half-square triangles. This scrap quilting pattern from Jeni Baker incorporates many monochromatic prints in warm reds, oranges and yellows and cool purples, blues and greens. The diamond pattern that forms creates movement which leads your eye across the quilt. For a variation, try this scrap quilt design with scraps in either light or dark values.

log cabin stash quilt

The Improv Log Cabin quilt from Jennifer Mathis is a great design for using up strips of scrap fabric. The monochromatic scrappy log cabin blocks are 8” finished, and you can combine several blocks to use up your scrappy fabric stash. To customize this design, consider sashing the log cabin blocks or arranging them in color order rather than all mixed up.

scrap quilting

Patz in suffolk experimented with scraps in her project above, which was a gift for her granddaughter. While piecing Emily’s Quilt, she hoped to rid herself of three years worth of quilt scraps! Once she started sewing strips of different widths and lengths together, she says the project came together quickly. Instead of picking out a scrap quilt design, she suggests, “Just make it up as you go along. You’ll find that a pattern will suggest itself to you along the way.”

scrap rainbow quilt

The Bottled Rainbows Quilt by Rachel Hauser is a ticker tape quilt designed to help you use up a variety of small fabric scraps, which you can group by color. Using a quilt-as-you-go method, you can make a large quilt easily on your home machine with her informative quilt along. Each block of fabric scraps is bordered by solid fabric to help tie together the colors in each “bottle.” For another take on ticker tape quilting, check out this scrappy ticker tape quilt version from Amanda Jean Nyberg, which uses scraps which are as small as 1” x 2”.

Comments

  1. polly says:

    I love these ideas ,I have a ton of scraps and cant bring myself to throw them away

  2. Debby says:

    I can’t find the pattern for the Arkansas Crossroads quilt. Only directions for one block

    1. marilee says:

      try quilterscashe.com you will find the block there.
      good luck

  3. pat probst says:

    love most of the ideas, have aton of scraps to used, just to find the time. thanks

  4. Amy Caldwell says:

    I love them all, especially the Scrap Busting Cot Quilt by SweetPea Clothing. The colors are awesome w/ beautiful quiltwork also.

  5. I have made many scrap quilts and I’m about to post about several more on my blog.

  6. Thanks for featuring my quilt. Loved seeing how everyone utilizes their scraps!

  7. Charlene says:

    The Technicolor Yawn (Vomit Quilt) reminded me of a quilt my neighbor in Florida made when I was in my teens. It was called The Postage Stamp Quilt, each square was one inch when finished!! She was an old fashioned Southern lady who made the entire quilt by hand!!

  8. Carol D. says:

    My church group makes quilts for sale- fundraising. We ask for donations of fabric so our “stash” iis full of scraps! These ideas are great and inspirational. Thanks

  9. Pacific says:

    Thanks for featuring my quilt “My Checkered Stash” I am a collector of fabrics going on near 30 years. This year I decided it was time to reduce the stash, so that I could purchase more fabric course. Scrappy quilts look comfy to me, I have made modern quilts and traditional that are colour coordinated, but there is just something about a scrappy quilt. Thanks again.

  10. Jodi says:

    I’m inspired!

    1. Annis Adams says:

      I would like to do a quilt from collected tee shirts. I would like some patterns if there some available. Thank you

  11. CraftyGirl says:

    I love the first one! I want to try that with my fabric scraps (I have a lot because I make doll clothes). Thank you for this post.

  12. Moya O'Keeffe says:

    Have just completed a” crumb” quilt. Can;t remember where I got the idea from, but it does use an awful lot of small pieces, and I used the brightest I could find. Much more fun if two people make it – gives a better variety of scraps. I used anything, triangles, strips, squares and rectangles, sewn into fairly small squares and joined – 4 together made a 6 1/2″. Joined 8 together and alternated with a strip of Amish black. Looked good..
    Will try the “bottled Rainbow next, it looks interesting, Thanks for offering the pattern & directions.

  13. I need to download free bafric scraps can any body help me?

  14. I need to download free fabric scraps any help?