Holiday scrap ornaments

Post by Rebecca LaPlante

Throughout the year I work on a variety of project in an even wider variety of colors. I have one of those fabric bucket/pincushions that hangs off my table and all the tiny bits go into it. One day, just before Christmas last year, I was dumping out the little bucket and thought how sad that all the color was going in the trash and at what point does a scrap become no longer useful. Later that day I was at Joann's looking for glitter that looks like snow, and next to the glitter were the empty glass ornaments that you can use to create your own decorations. A light bulb went off over my head, yes in the shape of a Christmas bulb, and I thought what a perfect way to use the unusable tidbits.

You can get the empty bulbs in acrylic or glass (I recommend the acrylic if you want your kids to help). I use tweezers and toothpicks, or the wooden shish kebob skewers, to poke the fabric into the ornaments and to adjust if the scrap isn't showing the way I like. This project is ideal for me to work on while watching television as I don't have the patience to just sit and watch most programs. I had done a set of twelve last year while watching a West Wing marathon with my husband.

Some answers to questions I have thought of:

No, I don't sort throughout the year, I just toss everything into a cardboard shoebox and when I want to work on the project I pull out the shoebox.

When I sit to work on them I have a pair of scissors to cut any scraps that might be to big (it is best if the scraps are confetti-ish so that they fit in the ornament).

I do sort as I fill the ornaments (as seen in the pictures) but I also do coordinating colors if I don't have enough of one color to fill an ornament.

I do have one rule that I follow so that the box of scraps doesn't become multiple boxes of microscopic scraps - if it doesn't fit in the original shoebox that I started doing this project with then I don't keep the scraps. I have learned the hard way that I have to say no at some point!

Really, I'm not crazy, this is a fun tid-bit project!


  1. What a cute idea! I think I'll try this one. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Who wouldn't want a fabric-covered Christmas tree? Great idea.

  3. This is amazing! They would be great with scrap garlands too, for a sewing themed tree. Thanks so much for the post!

  4. I made a promise to myself that I would only have "handmade" or specially selected Christmas ornaments on my tree. So these are the first ones I had made. Yes, I have been steadfast, the last two years my tree has only had lights on it. I love that I can do them in so many different colors, and that each one reminds me of the quilts and other projects I have made. :) I have other fabric ornaments I am working on as well. I have a love of tidbit projects that help me to relax. :)


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