Using up fabrics scraps

I’m Sally aka The Yorkshire Sewist and I hate to waste pretty fabrics and like to use all of my fabric that I cut out! Because of this, I’m always on the look out for ideas for using up my fabrics scraps! So here are a few of my go-to scrap busting projects, that use free PDF sewing patterns from the Sewing Community


Juliet Uzor shows you how to make a knotted headband and has created a great template and YouTube video. This headband style is trending at the moment, and is definitely on my make list to try. It will hopefully hide away those pesky greys!

Ankara Knotted Headband

Face Masks (of course!)

I personally like the fit of the 3D mask that was created by a lady called Romilda Dias. I say ‘pattern’ – it’s a template you make yourself. Don’t worry though it’s really straightforward and I’ve easily adapted it to suit larger faces. She has a YouTube channel  where she shows a tutorial on how to make it.

Although visually easy to follow, it’s all spoken in Portuguese. However Marie from Stitch Odyssey has kindly shared a video on her Instagram TV here. She takes you through the template cutting and sewing process.

For my sons, the Twig and Tale facemask fits them really well especially when i use the nice soft round elastic, no moaning of it being uncomfortable when wearing them.


Making your own knickers isn’t that hard at all. I love making my own lingerie. The Acacia Underwear Pattern from Megan Neilsen features a gusset with fully enclosed seams, comfortable fit and ample coverage. The detailed instructions include three different elastic insertion methods. This is perfect for beginners to learn new skills or experienced sewers to whip up quickly. The size range is great from 0-30.

Everyone loves a scrunchie right? It wasn’t just a ’90s fad (yeah showing my age here)! Since lockdown began last year, I decided to grow my hair as it’s so much easier to pull my hair into a ponytail rather than straightening everyday. I’m sure I’m not the only one and truth be told I’m liking my longer hair.

If you fancy making your own Scrunchies, there’s a great pattern over at Made for Mermaids.


The Ellie & Mac Sew It Forward Sock Pattern is designed to allow you to make your own unique socks for your family and friends to enjoy!

These socks are a great way to use up knit fabric scraps and perfect for giving as gifts! The sewing pattern includes sizes for both kids and adults. .