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-homing leftover textiles. We’re now offering free fabric remnants to anyone who wants them, with scraps of everything from fleece to silk to cotton.
How to Get Your Free Fabric Remnants
Here is what you need to do to get your free fabric remnants:
- Visit our Free Fabric Remnants page.
- Choose your 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 favourite is the 4.5 kg mixed bag using whatever fabric remnants are available at the time. Free fabrics could include cotton, canvas, silk, crepe, muslin, towelling, 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 colour 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, as well as useful. Here are just a few of our favourite ways to utilise fabric remnants, UK made and recycled.
Turn White into Bright
Firstly; add some colour. As your free fabric remnants will be white or cream, you have the complete creative freedom to add some colour. Experiment with transfer paper, pens and paints to create unique prints on each piece. Alternatively, use different fabric dyes to colour each piece in a different way. Simply pop to your local haberdashery to find the type of dye or paint which will work with your materials. Once you’ve jazzed up your free fabric remnants, you can experiment with the projects below.
Use Free Remnants For Patchwork Art
The beauty of patchwork lies in its mismatched nature; various clashing patterns and colours coming together to create a vibrant and charming garment or furnishing. Our free 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 join. 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 coloured fabric.
Handmade Jewellery and Accessories
Add a stylish flair to your wardrobe with accessories crafted from bits of scrap material. To design your own fabric covered earrings or hair slides, start by finding some old buttons. Simply 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 centre 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 own fabric-covered buttons. Leave them as they are or attach a bobby pin or jewellery findings with glue for some quick and easy brand-new accessories.
Turn them into a much needed utility product
Face masks are hot topic right now. Moreover, where are they? As demand is high and supply low, many crafters turn to handmade face masks. They don’t need much fabric, 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 free fabric remnant bundles.