At Contrado, we strive for sustainability, opting for eco-friendly materials and practices wherever possible. That’s why we try to reduce our impact on the environment. One way is by decreasing waste, recycling, or re-using leftover textiles. We’re now offering fabric remnants to anyone who wants them, with scraps of everything from fleece to silk to cotton.
How to Get Your Fabric Remnants
Here is what you need to do to get your fabric remnants:
- Visit our Fabric Remnants page.
- Choose the material & size of the bag
- Add to cart & go to secure checkout.
- Set your delivery address (incl. a small delivery fee).
We can offer you different remnants from cotton and natural fabrics to neoprene remnants. Our favorite is the 10lb mixed bag using whatever fabric remnants are available at the time. Fabrics could include cotton, canvas, silk, crepe, muslin, toweling, jersey, lace, and so many more. Depending on what is available, you can find a range of woven, knitted, natural, organic, waterproof, or stretch fabrics. Your offcuts will mostly be white or cream but may have the odd splash of color thrown in. Perfect for any budding textile artists or DIY lovers.
What You Can Do with Your Fabric Remnant Bundles
There are plenty of fun (and practical) DIY project ideas for putting fabric remnants to good use. Small pieces of remnant material might not seem the easiest to use. But they can be the perfect size to create something unique and useful. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to utilize fabric remnants, handmade and recycled.
Turn White into Bright
First, add some color. As your fabric remnants will be white or cream, you have the complete creative freedom to add some color. Experiment with transfer paper, pens, and paints to create unique prints on each piece. Alternatively, use different fabric dyes to color each piece differently. Just head to your local clothing or fabric store to find the type of dye or paint which will work with your materials. Once you’ve jazzed up your fabric remnants, you can experiment with the projects below.
Use Remnants for Patchwork Art
The beauty of patchwork lies in its mismatched nature, with various clashing patterns and colors coming together to create a vibrant and charming garment or furnishing. Our fabric remnants are perfect for embracing this trend. The nature of scraps means most pieces will be a different material and occasionally have different prints. Meaning you almost have a patchwork kit ready to go. Use your scraps to create a small patchwork throw or cushion cover. Pin the pieces together, turn them inside out and sew along each to join them. You can even sew the fabric around a cardboard shape to create a sturdy patchwork coaster. Patchwork is traditionally a collection of square swatches. But there’s no limit to the style and shape of what you create. Get imaginative and arrange a different shape from your scraps, like a heart or star and then sew these onto plain colored fabric.
Handmade Jewlery and Accessories
Add style and flair to your wardrobe with accessories crafted from bits of scrap material. To design your fabric-covered earrings or hair slides, start by finding some old buttons. Just cut out circles from your scraps to create a circle a little larger than the button. Take a needle and thread and start weaving along the outer edge of the fabric circle, until you’ve gone all the way around. Place the button in the center of the circle and pull your thread to cinch in the fabric around the button. Make sure to knot the end, and you’ve created your unique fabric-covered buttons. Leave them as they are, or attach a bobby pin or jewelry findings with glue for some quick and easy brand-new accessories.
Turn them into a much-needed utility product
Face masks are a hot topic right now. Many crafters turn to handmade face masks. They don’t need much fabric as they are easy to make and help to protect others.
Your possibilities are endless. Whether you are a DIY lover or sustainability enthusiast, get your hands on some fabric remnant bundles.