Creative Reuse

From a recovered pillow to a gallery installation, from a home-made costume to classroom educational materials, creative reuse includes all projects that incorporate materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Folks who find materials at SCRAP are teachers, artists, crafters, and designers who transform what could have been discarded into something with new value.

As much arts-related as it is environmental, creative reuse demonstrates that artistic creativity and learning can take place anywhere and everywhere—and with all manner of materials—and that “junk” has value for those who can see meaning beyond the discarding of things. As a response to ever-filling landfills, overproduction, and diminishing natural resources the ethos of creative reuse is shared by all SCRAP’ers.

View the SCRAP Creative Reuse Projects Gallery below and Join Our Flickr Group to see what others are doing with materials from SCRAP, get inspired, and post your own projects!

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  1. Posted November 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. Now we all know!

  2. Susan Blair
    Posted November 28, 2016 at 10:52 PM | Permalink

    Dear Admin:
    A “technical fabric” is one that is created first for function rather than example would be Kevlar , Windblock , Cordura , moisture wicking, spandex, Smart Wool, fire retardant fabric, and such.

  3. Posted November 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

    Hello Julie,

    We can use the tile. you describe. the remainders we will need more info on.

    We accept donations Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  4. Julie
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

    Hello ~ I have left over pieces of bluestone tile – 1 stair tread measuring 12″ x 42″ (2″ thick) and 6 large squares measuring 2’x2′ (1″ thick). Can these be of use to you? How about remaining tile from a remodel project? – tiles are an assortment of porcelain and marble.

  5. Posted November 8, 2016 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    Hi Megan,

    We have a few vintage fashion mages, but they are not in the general stock. we save them for our Vintage and Ephemera Sales, the next of which is Scheduled for December 10.

    Hope to see you then.

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  6. Megan
    Posted November 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    Hi, do you ever have vintage fashion magazines in stock or do you still only accept NatGeo and Smithsonian magazines?

    Thank You

  7. Posted April 25, 2016 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

    Very interesting idea.

    Can you post more info: for example, where does pone find water-soluble adhesive sheets?


  8. Posted April 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM | Permalink

    One useful way to use small scraps is to sandwich them in between water soluble adhesive sheets then sew all over on top, then soak in water to dissolve the sheets.

    You now have a collage of fabric bits you can cut into shapes etc.

  9. Posted April 23, 2016 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

    Hi — I’m one of the artists from the last Creative Reuse art shows by SCRAP. I remember seeing somewhere that if we had projects using recycled materials to share (especially using materials from SCRAP) we could post them, but I can’t remember where! The Facebook page didn’t allow it. So here’s a link to a reuse project that’s easy to do and produces jewelry that doesn’t look “recycled.” I’m working on a series of how-to videos, and this is my first. If you like it, feel free to post it wherever you want. It was such a rush to be part of the SCRAP show. Thank you again! — Jj

  10. Posted April 11, 2016 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    We would very much appreciate receiving these supplies.

    We accept donations at SCRAP Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. We offer free pickup in SF: call 415 647-1746 to arrange.

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  11. Susan Mol
    Posted April 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM | Permalink

    Our Fort Wayne Embroiderer’s Guild is looking for a place that will accept embroidery supplies (fabric, floss and fibers, beads, embroidery patterns and embroidery kits) Would you be interested?

  12. Posted January 29, 2016 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    Sorry, we cannot accept this packaged air. Many UPS and other shipping stores will accept this material, as well as bubble wrap and plastic peanuts.

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP!

  13. dflow
    Posted January 29, 2016 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    Are plastic “air pillows” used for packaging of use to you? All are clean, new straight-out-of-the-box, some with company name, some not.

    Thanks! If not, any suggestions for re-use? Sadly, the packaging store is now closed.

  14. Posted January 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM | Permalink

    We will be happy to work with you on this. please call 415 647-1746 or send us an email (to donate (at) and will will be in touch.

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP!

  15. Barbara Versino
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

    I have a large amount of designer fabric pieces, boxed, in need of pick up in San francisco. Are you able to arrange pick up for me? This belongs to an elderly friend who is housebound.
    Thank you so much,I would love to give this to someone who will be able to use it!

  16. taghag
    Posted December 30, 2015 at 6:10 PM | Permalink

    Just stumbled upon your organization, keep up the good work!

    Two ideas for crafts using smaller scraps of fabric are:
    – rag rugs (Google “Fleckerlteppiche” for the Austrian flat rag rug technique);
    – stuffing for pillows, pin cushions and plush toys.


  17. Posted November 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a good use for very small (under about 4 square inches) pieces of fabric. Our quilters need larger pieces, and because the makeup of textiles is so difficult to determine, we have not found a recycler willing to take this sort of material.

    We are actively searching for ways to use these sorts of scraps, and will appreciate any ideas you may have on that.

    Thanks again.

  18. Tihani
    Posted November 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    Hello, can I donate very small scraps of assorted fabric?

  19. Posted October 17, 2015 at 1:23 AM | Permalink

    We are unable to accept paint, but can take the other stuff you have. Please call 415 647-1746 between 10 and 6 PM, Monday through Friday to arrange a pickup. There is a $15 charge for this service.

    thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  20. Robi
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

    How do I schedule a pick up in the outer Richmond? I have leftovers from a home remodeling project–spools of wire, 1 gallon paint cans in assorted colors, wood and metal pieces, old security camera parts, and more.

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