No matter how small your fabric scraps are there's always use for the leftovers. Here are some examples, some things we like to do with our fabric scraps.

(Click on the link for some how-to guides or just simply for inspiration.)

Applique Faces at Poplar Union
  1. To craft yourself some period pads

  2. To make makeup remover pads

  3. To craft into yarn/twine

  4. For weaving into works of art

  5. To wrap presents with

  6. To make into bias or ribbon

  7. Really really small scraps can be used to stuff dolls or cushions

  8. To fashion into small produce bags to take with you when you go shopping.

  9. For snack pouches

  10. Face masks

  11. To make beeswax wraps, even smaller ones for jar lids. (scraps must be 100% cotton for this craft)

  12. For Fabric mug coasters, beeswax coasters make perfect wipe clean coasters.

  13. For beautiful hair scrunchies

  14. For patchwork quilting

  15. For designing your own applique to jazz up old clothing, hang up in the hallway or mend holes in clothing

  16. To create small dolls or stuffed animals, baby toys or pet toys

  17. For homemade Christmas tree decorations

  18. A wreath for the front door ( join our workshop :) )

  19. Bunting

  20. Pouches for scented herbs, dried lavender and potpourri

  21. Pouches for soap scraps

  22. Reusable coffee and tea bags

  23. To make Reusable 'unsponges' for the kitchen

  24. To create fabulous fabric bookmarks

  25. To flaunt snazzy Sandcastle flags at the beach

This is not a finite list get creative and come up with your own, there are many more possibilities, what do you do with your scraps?

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Did you know it's almost impossible to recycle cling film or sandwich bags?

Beeswax wraps and vegan wax wraps are a natural eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil for wrapping food or covering bowls and jars. They help keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused, refreshed and are compostable.

Beeswax wraps can feel quite expensive, here are various uses to make the most of the investment when you make the switch!

See below what we do with ours:

  1. A Jar or Tupperware lid, plate or bowl or dish of leftovers

  2. Sandwich wrap

  3. Snack pouch or pocket for nuts

  4. Snack box, dust off those origami skills

  5. A uniquely fashioned Cutlery wrap

  6. Wrap the open ends of partially used fruit or veg

  7. A Reusable piping bag

  8. Use for grip to twist open stubborn jar lids

  9. Wrap up a bouquet of flowers to protect from damage and gift to a friend or future friend

  10. To use as an easy clean placemat or mini outdoor picnic blanket

  11. Place under bowl or cutting board to stop it moving around

  12. Wrap up your cheese to preserve it

  13. Wrap up soap and shampoo bars for hassle-free travel

  14. Wrap up your toothbrush for travel

  15. Use as a bag for pastries or bread

  16. To Replace dog eared playing card boxes

  17. Roll into a straw? Worth a try

  18. Line your fridge and keep it gleaming

What's your favourite use for your wax wraps?

Can you think of any more?

Wax wrap care

There is one rule when it comes to looking after your wax wraps- Do not scrub your beeswax wraps under hot water beeswax wraps, need care so they can be reused again and again. Instead, gently clean them under cold water with soap and hang them to dry

or wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Are your wraps still looking tired and frayed? When you can no longer rewax them pop them into the compost (they are all-natural and fully biodegradable) or use them as fire starters/lighters.

If you want to learn to make your own check our upcoming workshops. we will be at st Margarets house in Bethnal Green, East London on the 27th of October 2021.

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Veg pre-wrapped in plastic at Chrisp street market, E14

1) Reflect on your personal plastic usage.

Most of the plastic we throw away goes straight to landfill and a lot ends up in the environment where it will take forever to decompose :(

The problem starts at home and although the use of plastic is sometimes inevitable and has improved our lives in many ways, not all plastics are useful or necessary and the negative impacts on our health and the planet can't be overlooked.

So the first step to deal with our plastic addiction is to take a hard look at our own plastic consumption and make resolutions to minimise our plastic consumption (it doesn't have to be a new year thing).

Start by auditing your bins, separating and keeping all your plastic waste for a week or use a tracking app like to log in all your plastic.

Here's a supermarket plastic policies league table, click the link to see where your supermarket scores:

2) Refuse everyday single-use plastic

Display a checklist on your wall or fridge to remind yourself to take your reusable essentials before you leave the house. i.e mask, water bottle, reusable coffee cups... Try to say no to plastic cutlery and make your cutlery a regular fixture in your bag, you never know when you might need it! On trips to the supermarket avoid excessive food packaging by getting your fruit and veg loose and placing them in reusable produce bags or plastic bags kept from previous shopping. Did you know that packaging fruit and veg in plastic can actually lead to wilting? Most fruits and veg do not need to be packaged in plastic, their peels and skin are barriers, perfectly designed by nature. A concern when it comes to packaging-free foods stuff is a shortened shelf life however did you know that you can place carrots and herbs in water and strawberries in a glass Tupperware to keep them for longer and cut down on food waste (scroll down to read the country living article on vegetable storage).

Easy swaps to avoid single-use plastic

3) Start swapping for reusables one item at a time - to slowly syphon out your reliance on plastic products, i.e. beeswax instead of clingfilm sandwich bags and even piping bags, bring a reusable water bottle instead of spending well-earned cash on disposable plastic water bottles and remember to bring your beautiful reusable mask to the shops. Make sure you use stuff you already own to minimise your carbon footprint. Visit our Instagram or Facebook page for some easy swaps and eco-tips. Which plastic products do you rely on the most?

4) Reuse plastic containers and bags that you already have, try to recycle or upcycle your plastic. Use plastic bottles as planters in the garden or make a bug hotel from juice cartons.

5) Pick up litter when you see it. It can not only make a tremendous impact on the appearance of your surroundings but also makes it safer for the local wildlife and children.

6) Sign a petition. Signing petitions is an easy painless way of making a difference to the planet and the people who live on it. Here are some great ones related to plastic waste in the UK:

Some interesting articles to read:

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