Saturday, 11 October 2014

No Sew Autumn Wool Scrap Garland

In honour of it being Wool Week (6-12th October), the other day, I was pottering in my sewing room and started to ruminate about what I could make with some wool scraps I had.  I'd acquired them from a fabric warehouse a few years ago.  They were wool mix coat fabric samples and were being thrown in a skip, so I saved a couple of bags full, took them home with me and removed the fabric samples from the cards they were pinned to.  I then added them to my stash to be used one day, for who knows what project.  I decided that their day had come.


Some of them were quite small, thin pieces, in lots of different designs and colours, including plaids, herringbones, plains.  They were lovely and I couldn't bring myself to throw them away, surely there was something I could use them for.  I got to thinking that they might look nice strung from some ribbon like a kind of autumnal garland.

First, I decided to shape the pieces by cutting one end of each scrap on a diagonal, some going in one direction and some going in the opposite direction.  Then I began to pin them to some ribbon.  I wanted them to look random and not too symmetrical, but I couldn't find a way to arrange them that I liked, so I gave up and left it until another day.

A day or so later, I went back to them and decided that rather than pin and sew them to the ribbon, I would staple them on to it.  This worked quite well as it was quick and if I didn't like the position of one or other piece, I could easily remove the staple and put another in it's place.

Eventually, I got the banner completed, pinned it up on the mantle edge in the sewing room and looked at it.  It looked a bit bare.  I decided to add another layer, as I still had lots of scraps left. 


I preferred the effect of having more on the banner.  Then I decided that I didn't like the directional nature of the scraps, so I cut them all to a small point, as I felt this looked better.  I added some braid, leftover from an upholstery project, over the top to help hide the staples and it was finished.  I was quite pleased with the finished result and even more pleased that I had finally managed to use them for something.

I was left with this delicious bowl of little tiny triangles and scraps. 

Don't worry, I'm not planning to make these into anything, but they did look yummy.


  1. If you've got any longer scraps left you could make a fabric autumn wreath like this one.
    with a wire coat hanger.

    1. Hi, thanks for the link. These weren't really long enough but I have made something similar myself and have it in my hallway. It is very effective and used up lots of different fabric scraps at the time. I may make a more wintery one at some point though.