30+ Modern Scrap Quilt Patterns

Make some fast and fun scrap quilts with these free scrap quilt patterns. Read our best tips for creating a cohesive modern scrap quilt.

We’ve all got scrap fabrics that we plan to use *someday*. Am I right? But the pretty fabrics in our fabric shops are calling our names and it can be really hard resisting them (and really, is there a reason we should?).

But there comes a time in every quilter’s life when the scrap bin is just too full and something has to be done about it. Worry not, there are many patterns for quilts that can be made from scraps still look modern! We’ve selected some great modern scrap quilt patterns (free included!) that will make you wish you had even more scraps to use up (just joking, no normal quilter wants that).

What is a scrap quilt?

Let’s first get some quilt lingo out of the way so we’re all on the same page here, shall we?

A scrap quilt is a quilt made using fabric that is leftover from previous sewing projects. When you’ve been quilting for a while you’re bound to have a hefty scrap stash. Some of those quilt scraps may be organized by color, size, and prints, while mine others are not. It doesn’t matter, moving on.

The point is when following a scrap quilt pattern you’ll dig deep into that scrap bin and sew the quilt using those scraps.

You can also make a scrappy quilt using fresh new pretty fabric, mixing and matching them to get that scrappy look. Is that a true scrap quilt? I don’t know, who am I to judge? If that’s what you want to do, I say go for it!

How do you make a scrap quilt that actually looks good?

If you’re anything like us, you love the look of a cohesive, balanced color scheme, possibly (but not necessarily) in solids. It’s just what we gravitate towards. (Believe me, coming from architecture, where the only color that exists is black, that’s a big achievement for us.)

Anyway, when you think of a scrappy quilt, sometimes the exact opposite comes to mind. A chaotic, all-over-the-place, I-can’t-look-at-this-for-more-than-10-seconds quilt can in fact be the result of your scrap-busting endeavors.

Well, let me reassure you, there is a better way to do this. In fact, I have found that there are some specific things all modern scrap quilts have in common. So I’ve got some tips for how a modern quilter like yourself can make the scrappy quilt work.

How do you arrange colors in scrap quilt patterns?

When you’re considering how to arrange fabrics for scrappy quilts, the best place to start is color. I suggest organizing your scraps by color families. Meaning if you have a bunch of pinkish fabrics, think of them as one color family (rather than rose vs. fuscia vs. blush). When planning the arrangement, consider this one color family as one fabric. This takes away the overwhelm of thinking about each scrap separately and helps you create that cohesive look you’re going for. For better understanding, I suggest you reading our articles on choosing colors and color schemes for modern quilters – examples are included!

Another tip to keep in mind is to not get overambitious by trying to use ALL your scraps in one quilt. Use the same color principles you use when buying fabric and don’t think you HAVE to use something just because it’s in your scrap bin.

How do you arrange prints in scrap quilt patterns?

When talking about prints the same principles apply. Group them into fabric families (how cute is that, a fabric family?), but here instead of just thinking about the colors of the fabric, consider the scale of the print, as well. Tiny prints have a different effect than large-scale prints, so it might be necessary to place them into different fabric families.

Of course, you can also mix colors with prints if they have the same overall vibe. We’re all for mixed (fabric) families around here 😉

Can you use yardage in a scrap quilt?

There is no quilt police, so of course, you can use yardage in a scrap quilt, as well. In fact, I think it’s often necessary to add larger (possibly solid) fabric pieces to create a balance between the scrappy scraps and these larger solid surfaces.

20+ Free Scrap Quilt Patterns to Make

There are so many fun scrap quilt patterns you can make and we’ve found some excellent examples that will make the perfect contemporary scrap quilts. All of these patterns are free, so get those scraps out and start sewing!

Signature Cross Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

Signature Cross Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

This awesome modern take on a signature cross quilt is a fat quarter friendly pattern. But although it’s written for fat quarters, if you’ve got some larger scrap pieces lying around, I think they would work great, as well. Even if you’ve got smaller scraps, the math here is pretty simple, so you can just use this as inspiration and make your blocks smaller. I love how fresh and modern this is.

Herringbone Quilt Pattern by DTQ

Herringbone Quilt Pattern by Designed to Quilt

I love the playful vibe of this traditional pattern. Ula added a twist with some fun color variations, ranging from the classic Chevron pattern to ombre versions. While she used solids, you could easily achieve the similar effect with scraps.

Scrappy Swiss Cross Quilt Pattern by Coral and Co

This is a scrappy version of Coral and Co’s free Swiss Cross pattern and I think it’s even better than the original. Although you won’t see many monochromatic quilts around here (we’re kind of addicted to color, in case you haven’t noticed) I am in love with how cool this looks. So dig up those black and white fabrics and go for it. Or make it in color as we might. We promise we won’t tell.

Easy Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair

Easy Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair

If you’re looking to use up some fabric strips, this scrappy baby quilt is the perfect project. It’s a great pattern to show off some pretty prints, but it would also look very modern in solids. Or do a combo of both. This free tutorial shows you how to make the baby size. And if you’d like to make it in lap size Melissa offers a PDF pattern in her shop.

Baby Quilt from Scraps by Simple Simon and Co

Baby Quilt from Scraps by Simple Simon and Co

This may not be a pattern per se, but I think it can be a great inspiration if you’re looking for ways to use up your scraps. Here, the gals from Simple Simon and Co simply sewed their scraps together in rows strategically placing them against a neutral white background fabric. Love, love, love this!

Stripey Wall Art Quilt by Designed to Quilt (post coming soon!)

Here’s another way to use leftovers from strip quilt patterns (as you’ve probably noticed – we’re big fans). Simply sew strip scraps together to form long rows, then assemble these rows into a quilt top. It’s easy to make and has a high visual impact! Barbara made this as a 35×27″ wall hanging, but you can easily scale it up. Refer to our quilt size chart to find the perfect fit for you.

Free Scrap Quilt Patterns: Kitchen Table Quiltling

Plaid-ish Scrap Quilt Tutorial by Kitchen Table Quilting

I love the look of this plaid(ish) scrappy quilt. This is another example of scrap quilt patterns that works great with prints but I think would also look amazing in solids. I might have to try that. As Erica explains, the directions make a 64″ x 82″ quilt, but the size can be easily scaled up or down by adding or subtracting blocks.

Scrap Stash Plus Quilt by Quilty Love

Scrap Stash Plus Quilt by Quilty Love

I love everything that Emily makes, and this scrappy Plus quilt is no exception. In this article, Emily will take you through every step of making this amazing scrappy quilt, plus she shares some very useful tips for organizing your scrap stash. 

The Perfect Picnic Quilt by Ruby Star Society

The Perfect Picnic Quilt by Ruby Star Society

Well of course this quilt using the colorful Ruby Star Society fabrics is gorgeous. The pattern calls for 5’’ squares, but you could easily size those down to the size of your fabric scraps. Use the tips they share for placing light, medium and dark fabrics, to get this perfect picnic blanket effect.

Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain by Melissa of Happy Quilting  

Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain by Melissa of Happy Quilting  

If you’ve been saving some 2.5’’ squares and looking for the perfect scrappy project this might be it. Melissa has a great in-depth tutorial to walk you through every step. We love the ombre effect she was able to create with the strategic placement of her squares.

Modern Workshop Quilt by Oliver + S

Modern Workshop Quilt by Oliver + S

If you’ve got some extra jelly roll strips on your hand, you can use them to make this Modern Workshop quilt. The pattern shows you how to achieve the ombre effect by staggering the pieced strips. 

Scrappy Strips Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew

Scrappy Strips Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew

This is another great example of scrap quilt patterns. The great thing about this one is that it uses 1 1/2” strips, 2” strips, and 2 1/2” strips, so you can really bust that (strip) scrap stash. Allison does a great job showing you every step of constructing the quilt top, so this could be a great beginner project, as well.

Apple Basket Quilt by Birch Fabrics

This Apple Basket Quilt is a fun pattern to show off your print fabric scraps. Pair them with a nice solid to create some negative space among the printed rectangles. Such a fun and quick pattern!

Flying Goslings by Designed to Quilt

Flying Goslings by Designed to Quilt

Last but not least, this is a quick little project we made a while back. It’s a small baby blanket using all flying geese (we’ve got a great flying geese tutorial, as well) plus some background fabrics. I actually made this from my own scraps, so this is a true scrappy baby quilt.

Valued Scrap Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting

Valued Scrap Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting

Got leftover binding pieces, jelly roll strips, or any other stripy scraps? This is one of those scrap quilt patterns that uses all sorts of fabric values, mixing prints and solids. As Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting says, it’s a great way for quilters to practice playing with colors and color schemes.

Kaleidoscope Scrap Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting

Kaleidoscope Scrap Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting

I love the playfulness this scrap quilt pattern has. The pattern uses a template for the shapes in the blocks and is finished approx. 64 x 72”.

Scrappy Irish Chain by Woodberry Way

Scrappy Irish Chain by Woodberry Way

Here’s a beautiful example of achieving a cohesive look with diverse prints. Alli from Woodberry Way combined various low-volume scraps with a solid color, resulting in a modern twist on a traditional quilt pattern. It looks great!

Pixelated Heart Patchwork Quilt by Diary of a Quilter

Pixelated Heart Patchwork Quilt by Diary of a Quilter

Here’s a fast quilting project: a simple patchwork quilt made of 5” squares, perfect for using up precut leftovers! Organize your scraps into two contrasting groups (opt for more contrast to highlight the heart) and get ready for sewing!

Fly Free Quilt by White Plains Quilts

Fly Free Quilt by White Plains Quilts

Experiment with mixing scrappy prints and solids to create various half-square triangle blocks! Speed up the process with the 4-at-a-time HST method.

Wash Your Paws Quilt Pattern by Wollypetals

Wash Your Paws Quilt Pattern by Wollypetals

Make a giant bear paw quilt! The simple shape of this big scale traditional quilt block makes it look super modern.

Peanut Butter Quilt by Then Came June

Peanut Butter Quilt by Then Came June

This geometric quilt pattern is perfect for showcasing your scrap prints (or solids). Just keep the contrast between the sashings and squares to create this cool grid effect.

Child’s Play Free Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

Child’s Play Free Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

This baby quilt is one of the most friendly scrap quilt patterns. As long as you maintain contrast between the background and your scraps, feel free to mix and match any colors and prints you like – ideal for clearing out your scrap bin. The finished size is 42×42”. If you want to make it larger, simply add a wider border. Use our border calculator for help!

Scrappy Half Square Triangle Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

Scrappy Half Square Triangle Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

If you’re looking for scrap quilt patterns that use smaller pieces of fabrics, this cute pinwheel quilt pattern could be the one. The finished quilt is 34.5 x 46”, perfect for lap or baby quilt.

100 Block Scrap Buster Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

100 Block Scrap Buster Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

Want to use up the 5” squares leftovers? This is one of those scrap quilt patterns that offers a perfect challenge! To piece the quilt top, you’ll only need 100 5” squares. Add a special touch with your quilting design – draw inspiration from these stunning straight line quilting patterns!

Scrap Quilt Patterns To buy

Go To Quilt Pattern Using Scraps by Simple Simon & Co.

This simple scrap quilt pattern makes a good use from leftovers of 5” precuts. Strips are sewn together to form 5” squares. Sashings and borders are added and – voila, the minimalist quilt top is pieced!

Mirror Maze Quilt Pattern by Designed to Quilt

Turn your scraps into a bold, modern geometric quilt! This quilt pattern uses large-scale half-square triangle blocks forming a bold geometric design. The large surfaces are perfect for showcasing prints and still get the modern outcome.

Scrap Happy Rainbow Connection by Diary of a Quilter

Scrap Happy Rainbow Connection by Diary of a Quilter

Organize your scraps into a rainbow colorway and make this beautiful modern rainbow quilt!

Sparked Quilt Pattern by Woolypetals

Sparked Quilt Pattern by Woolypetals

I love how the shimmering intersections of the sashings make the squares stand out. It’s perfect for showcasing larger scraps and adding extra sparkle to your quilt!

Jewels Scrap Quilt by Aunt Em’s Quilts

This is one of those minimalistic scrap quilt patterns that offers plenty of options for using up your scraps. Whether you opt for vibrant colors and prints or stick to shades of one color, the minimalistic diamond shapes will lend a playful finish to your project. A great choice for a baby quilt!

Paper Cuts by Then Came June

Paper Cuts by Then Came June

This minimalist quilt pattern is ideal for using large pieces of scraps. Whether you organize similar color values in rows or opt for a scrappy look, the simplicity of the pattern will give you a modern look.

The Scrappy Sawtooth Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

The Scrappy Sawtooth Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

The unique shapes in this sawtooth star quilt blocks offer plenty of options for scrappy color combinations. Bright and light colors work well for gentle baby quilts, opt for vivid colors for a more playful touch.

Scrappy Rainbow Happy Stripes Quilt by Quilty Love

Scrappy Rainbow Happy Stripes Quilt by Quilty Love

This is one of my favorite scrap quilt patterns. I love the playfulness of this stripy pattern with a rainbow colorway. The pattern is using the strip piecing method which speed up the piecing process!

What do you think? Have these scrap quilt ideas inspired you to make your own modern scrap quilt? We’d love to see how your own scrappy quilts turn out!

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