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PDF Sewing Patterns Perfect for Upcycling & Using Knit Scraps!

40 PDF sewing patterns that are perfect for upcycling and using up knit scraps - lots of built-in colorblocking. Swoodsonsays.com

I love upcycling and refashioning. I also love using up scraps – woven cotton can make a quilt but it’s a little trickier to find ideas for using up knit fabric scraps. I’m tired of reading about people throwing away (ACK! do not do that!) knit scraps that were smaller than a 1/4 yard so instead of just cringing, I put up this post with over 40 ideas to  use them up!

Don’t get me wrong, you can use any pattern to color block and use up whatever size scraps you have! Raglan t-shirts are especially useful for refashioning, and if you’re upcycling you can re-use all the existing hems. A great tutorial on how to color block an existing pattern is on Sew McCool by Ren from The Inspired Wren. If you’re newer to sewing or short on time, it is easiest to buy a pattern with color blocking and piecing already built in. I thought I’d round-up a list of all those patterns and make it easier for people to start sewing their scraps instead of stashing (or trashing) them.

I love upcycling & refashioning *so* much I am talking all about it in an interview with Becca over on her Top Stitchers blog today! The current Top Stitchers challenge focuses on post-apocalyptic style,  with the prompt “Your daughter has a master upcyclist for a mother, and you’re going to turn the trash around you into the most durable, functional, and stylish duds for your post-apocalyptic world.” Pretty intriguing, huh?

So, even without an apocalypse motivating you, you can create something truly unique, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint by shopping at the thrift store instead of the fabric store. You’ll want to check out my tips for thrift shopping to upcycle and refashion first, then come back and pick a pattern from this list!

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Many of these patterns are linked to the designer’s Etsy shop – sign up for Ebates* if you are shopping for any of them! You just create an account, log-in and search for Etsy, click through and shop like usual. The amount of cash back varies week to week, but every penny adds up!

If you know of a pattern that has built-in color blocking and/or specific upcycle directions and it’s not on my list, please email me or leave a comment so I can add it!

Little Photographer Camera - Swoodson Says. A softie perfect for imaginative play, including a vinyl pocket in the back to insert real photos.

You can use the smallest knit scraps for applique too, don’t forget, the Wonder Under stabilizes it so it doesn’t stretch! Perfect for toys, like my Little Photographer Camera.

miro hoodie

[picture courtesy of Meghann Leili / Stella & Luna, Fabric from Dark Matter Fabrics ]

Miro Hoodie by Worawo

Price: Approximately $22.50 (subject to conversion fluctuations)

Sizes: Kids, Womens, & Mens

cozy toes sock peek a boo pattern shop

Cozy Toes Socks by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop*

Price: $7.95

Sizes: Adult

aurora tee

Aurora Tee from Hey June Handmade*

Price: $10.00

Sizes: XS-2XL

Lyric Hoodie from Elliedactyl

Lyric Hoodie from Elliedactyl

Price: $9

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-50″)

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Cozy Critter Socks by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop*

Price: $7.95

Sizes: Kids

hip hop tank

Hip-Hop Top & Tank from Love Notions*

Price: $8.95

Sizes: XS-XXL

melanie modkid

Melanie Tunic from Modkid [my post here]

Price:  $9.99

Sizes: XS-XXL

also a girl’s version

Price: $9.99

Sizes: 2-10

moto maxx

Moto Maxx Set from Love Notions*

Price: $10.95

Sizes: 2t-14

love notion playdress

Everyday Playdress from Love Notions*

Price: $7.95

Sizes: 12m-7/8

surfer shorts

Surfer Shorts from Rabbit Rabbit Creations*

Price: $7.00

Sizes: 1-12y

quad tee

[picture via Lulu & Celeste]

Quad Tee from AddieK for Sewing With Boys

Price: $13.95 (for the whole e-book, with several other patterns)

Sizes: XXS-XL

pht

Mix It Up PhT from Duck Butt Designs*

Price: $15.00

Sizes:12m-12y

skipper tee

Skippertee from Duck Butt Designs

Price: $8.95

Sizes:18m-6

treasure pocket tee

Treasure Pocket Shirt from Duck Butt Designs*

Price: $15.95

Sizes:18m-12

dropsie boater top

Dropsie Boater Top and Dress from A Sparkly Baby*

Price: $10.00

Sizes: Preemie-14

pretty panel dress

Pretty Panel Tunic & Dress from A Sparkly Baby

Price:$10.00

Sizes: Preemie-14

shorties

Board Shorties from A Sparkly Baby*

Price:$9.00

Sizes:12m-14

EP Crew

EP Crew from A Sparkly Baby*

Price: $9.00

Sizes: Preemie -14

dressage leggings

Dressage Leggings from Jennuine Designs*

Price: $9.00

Sizes: NB-12y

Moto Jacket

Moto Jacket from Jennuine Designs* (has specific cut lines for using an upcycled knit sweater – see one from Sew Not Perfect!)

Price: $10.00

Sizes: 2T-12

traveler tee

Traveller Tee from Gracious Threads

Price:$7.50

Sizes:2T-8

raglan vee

RaglanVee Tshirt & Dress from A Sparkly Baby*

Price: 2-10

Sizes: $8.00

rachel dress

Rachel Dress from Funktional Threads*

Price: $11.95

Sizes: 2-16

euro dress

Ballonessa Dress from Elsterglueck 

[picture courtesy of Meghann Leili / Stella & Luna, Fabric from Cuddle Muffins Custom Printing and MK*Designs ]

Price: Approximately $7.75

Sizes: Unsure! Euro sizing.

[not pictured]

The Perfect Puzzle Set by Hailey Bug’s Closet

Price: $9.00

Sizes: 12m-12

town square top

Town Square Top & Dress from New Horizons Designs*

Price: $9.95

Sizes: 6m-14y

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Scraptastic Dress Pattern from Ellie and Mac

Price: $7.95

Sizes: 6m-12

 

zanzibar shores set

Zanzibar Shores Lounge Set from Momma Quail Patterns*

Price: $12.80

Sizes: 2-14

scrappy beanie

[Picture courtesy of Ani Ka, Fabric from Froellein S]

Chris Beanie from Rockerbuben (in German)

Price: Free!

Sizes: Euro sizes 45-60

monkey pants

Monkey Pants from New Horizons Designs* [see my blog post with more details here]

Price: $8.95

Sizes: 0m-5t

swiss army shirt

Swiss Army Shirt from Terra’s Treasures* [see an upcycle version from Sew Happily Ever After]

Price: $12.95

Sizes: 6m-16

jackalope tee

Jackalope Tee from Momma Quail Patterns* [see my blog post with more details here]

Price: $10.00

Sizes: 2-14

kite fold tee

Kite Fold Tee from Madeit Patterns* [see my blog post with more details here]

Price: $9.02

Sizes: 2-10

aviators and zees tee

Tie Dye Diva’s Zee’s Tee [see my blog post with more details here]

Price: $8.95

Sizes: 12m-12y

aviator pants

Winter Wear Designs’ Aviator Pants* [see my blog post with more details here]

Price: $7.95

Sizes: 18m-14y

colorblock raglan

Color Block Raglan from Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs*

Price: $7.50

Sizes: 12m-16

block the world

Block The World Lounge Set from Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs*

Price: $8.00

Sizes: 6m-16

muscle tank

Muscle Tank & Sporty Shorts from Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs*

Price: $8.00

Sizes: 6m-16

Peplum

Peplum Top & Shorts Set from Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs*

Price: $8.00

Sizes: 6m-16

kb stitch collar

Brush It Off Polo & Henley Shirt from Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs*

Price: $8.00

Sizes: 6m-16

rainbow

Rainbow Tee from Gracious Threads

Price: $7.50

Sizes: 2-12

ruffle skirt

Fancy Flounce Skirt from Little Kiwi’s Closet *

Price: $9.00

Sizes: 6m-12y

bow back

Bow Back Beauty from Little Kiwi’s Closet*

Price: $10.00

Sizes: NB-12y

40 PDF sewing patterns that are perfect for upcycling and using up knit scraps - lots of built-in colorblocking. Swoodsonsays.com

mini moto pants

Mini Moto Pants from Lil Luxe Collection*

Price:  $10.00

Sizes:  18m-8

Alpine pants

Alpine Shorts and Trousers from New Horizons Designs*

Price:  $9.95

Sizes: 0/3m-18y

morocco pants

Morocco Tuxedo Pant & Short from Petit a Petit and Family

Price:  $10.00

Sizes: 2-12

twisted tank

Twisted Tank from Titchy Threads

Price:  $10.00

Sizes: 0/3m-12

fancy pants

Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads

Price:  $10.00

Sizes: 0/3m-12

panel pocket ttee duck butt designs

Panel Pocket Tee from Duck Butt Designs*

Price:  $11.00

Sizes: 3m-6

scrundlewear stitch upon a time

Scrundlewear from Stitch Upon A Time*

Price:  $8.50

Sizes: XS-XXXL

This Post Has 17 Comments
  1. great post! Seems I own many of those patterns (not a hoarder! ??). Don’t forget the pants/shorts like the new Lil Luxe collection Moto Pants, perfect for color blocking with scraps, Terra’s Treasures alpine pants and Petit a Petit’s Morocco pants. ?

  2. I also like the “Melanie Misses” tunic/dress by ModKids — I’ve made the adult version, and it has contrast panels & lots of opportunities to use smaller scraps of knit. The kids version can obviously use smaller bits 😉

  3. Oops, apparently I wanted to share my email. Sorry.

    For the beanie pattern it doesn’t say the sizes, but I downloaded the pattern and there are eight different sizes from 45-60. Not sure what they translate to in the US. Hope that helps!

    Great post! Thanks! I love duck butt designs! And I just discovered a few that I deff have to try! I also can’t wait to sew up the beanie! So cute!!

  4. Great post! I upcycle almost all my boys’ clothes by taking thrifted tees and cutting them down to their size. This creates a lot of extra pieces of cotton. I can’t throw even my tiniest scraps away, but I do throw them in the compost pile 🙂

  5. I would add undies – My favourite being Stitch Upon a Time’s Scrundlewear pattern which comes in women and kids.
    Panel Pocket Tee from Duck Butt Designs is a fun colour blocked shirt and Cozy Critter Socks from Peek-A-Boo.

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