Repurposing Scraps – tutorial
I like the fabric that I used in my last coat so much that I wanted to utilize every little bit that I had left over. I’ve used this method of taking scraps and sewing them together to create a new piece of fabric before and it always proves to be an interesting effort. I began by looking through my fabric and trims to see what I might have that would go with the piece I the main piece I was working around and came up with some pretty complements. It’s amazing the bits and pieces I find that I have squirreled away for later use and then forget about; it’s always fun to rediscover them.
Once I had gathered my materials selected, I cut a piece of bleached muslin to size to use as a base. Organza would be a good substitute for muslin if you wanted something lighter weight, but I was thinking sturdy for a bag possibly. The size of the muslin is determined by the length of scraps I am working with Then I cut out my strips. I organized the strips in a way that I thought looked interesting and then began to stitch them onto the muslin.
Beginning at the right edge I sew the first strip down face-up along the left side . Place the second strip right sides together along the right edge of the first strip and sew down the right side with a 1/4″ seams securing both pieces.
Press the second strip out to the right and repeat the process until the base is completed. I don’t worry too much about being perfect or staying on grain, because I like the somewhat random looking nature of the end result… that is part of the charm of this type of quilting.
I then trimmed the piece to the edges of the muslin.
I repeated this process and will be incorporating these strips into a bag or maybe a decor item. Not sure yet.