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Scrappy Strings No Sew Project

I like to use as much of my fabric as possible. And because of this I have a lot of weird sized pieces I have no idea what I’m going to do with! Oh, you too?

For one, I tend to save the little bits of fabric that was tied into a bow, your fabric mail order may have come with. I also have lots of random binding bits or ends as well as those side pieces of backing that become long scraps. 

Well. I’ve finally figured out a simple, fun and no sew way to use these! It’s so easy even littles can help! 


Yes, you have all the material, I know, but there’s one other thing you’ll need – a round hoop. I got mine at Michaels, for $4 and there were various colours and sizes. Alternatively, you could use a wooden dowel, or even a branch. 

You may need to trim or sew together your scraps, depending on the size of scraps you want to use up. I used my rotary cutter, and didn’t bother with a ruler. You could rip the fabric as well. 

Make It

After getting your scraps to all about the same length, (the width is your preference, but I preferred skinny) all you need to do is tie or loop them onto your hoop or dowel.

To do this start with the middle of the fabric strip underneath the hoop, and make a loop with your fingers. Next take the tails of the strip and slip them through the loop. Pull tight and that is it! Keep going until you’ve used all of your strips or are happy with the look.


It is optional to tie a string, or use a strip of fabric to hang your piece, but in this case, I was happy with just the hoop to hang it. Next I trimmed the bottom pieces, almost as you’d trim a hedge. Now, you don’t have to do a straight line, but of course you could. I did a curved “v” shape, but a “w” or “u” would look super cool too.

After trimming, hang it up and enjoy!

Until next time friends, keep it quilty!


6 Responses

  1. How cute! I sew my skinny strips onto foundation paper (the really thin ones I glue on and then sew strips to them), but if I get bored making those this will be next on my list.

  2. This looks perfect for all those selvedge strips I have saved and don’t know what to do with them.

    1. Super cute! I have seen these hanging from tree branches on one of the walking trails here. Some artistic hikers tied their fabric to small sections of thin branches, then used heavy twine tied to both ends. They left a lot of slack in the twine to use it and used it like a picture hanger to attach to the tree limbs. They are so pretty blowing in the wind. I love how the bright shades fade into comfy, almost pastel shades. I am going to try this! Thank you so much for the instructions!

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