Scrap Happy Projects You Can Make in the Hoop

Get your scrap on with these beautiful projects you can make in a snap!


Machine embroidered applique is perhaps one of the most obvious and useful ways to put your scrap fabrics to work.

Small pieces of batiks and marbled fabrics are stunning in the Crazy Quilt Peacock from Molly Mine. You may be surprised at just how many scrap fabrics will work with applique-style crazy quilting.

Mug Rugs

Mug rugs are all the rage. This Quilting Snack Mat from Oma’s Place uses bits and pieces of scraps in the quilt stripes, sewing table, and even the side borders. Larger scraps will work for the two backing pieces. See just how easy it is to make these in-the-hoop lovelies here.


Kreative Kiwi has several in-the-hoop bookmark designs. Series 5 features an adorable selection of animals. Scraps of felt, cotton, or fleece work well on the freestanding applique designs.

Pin Cushions

Utility pieces like the Enter Your Pin Pincushion from Embroider Shoppe are wonderful projects for sturdy fabrics like denim or canvas.


These All Purpose Bags from Ronel’s Creations turn all sizes of scraps into a darling tote. Larger squares make up the bag while smaller scraps are used for the applique and freestanding flowers.

Inspiration Mutz created a pretty Patchwork Rose Doily that you can stitch right in the hoop, including the freestanding lace edging. Mylar can also be used on the rose to bring out it’s natural shimmer.

This Patchwork Bear from Baby Embroidery Shop is so cute, I think I need one! He pairs nicely with the Patchwork Bunnie in our blog header.

Scrappy Tips

Read this blog for tips on saving fabric scraps. This one, features an ingenious way to use fabric scraps on the back of a tree skirt. Pieces were backed as they were added to each other in the hoop. The idea was shared by one of our Secrets of Embroidery Facebook Group followers.