What is this, you ask? Well, they are very tiny strips of fabric left over from our Accuquilt Cutting Studio. We cut our own 2.5" strips and 5" squares from the lines of fabric we receive and this is what is leftover from those runs. Very thin strips of fabric that run the entire 44" width of fabric. Even though the logical person would look at this and see no value in it, I am CERTAIN they have value and could be turned into something beautiful rather than another bag in a landfill somewhere.
(The picture above are the remnants from our Gypsy Caravan and Freshcut runs.)
So, with really no extra time to speak of to come up with my brilliant idea of how to put these seemingly worthless scraps to good use, they accumulate. We've had this machine for nearly 5 years. That's a lot of scrap! And I wonder if maybe my husband, in his attempt to straighten the studio up (my perpetual state of chaos) has either inadvertantly...or maybe not so inadvertantly....tossed bags of these without my knowing. If I ever find out he's done this...it's the dog house for him! (You've been warned, Chief!)
I decided it was high time to start experimenting and see what I could come up with. Have you ever had an idea but were too afraid to try it? Worried that it might not work out? Well, I am here to tell you, DON'T BE AFRAID! I do this all the time. And to be honest, I fail a lot! I very rarely have a plan and I just let the organic process of creating happen. And the process is so much fun! And how awesome when one of your ideas actually works out into a gorgeous creation that you will forever be proud of! Follow me during my process!
I start with a 12" square of muslin.
Sewing a scant 1/8" seam allowance.
Pressing seam open. You can see here the fabric already starting to pucker. Against my better judgement, I just kept going!! So I throw it out if it becomes a huge bubble. You never know if you don't TRY! I kept laying strips down on top of the next, alternating sides.
So here it is! The entire 12" muslin square covered with teeny tiny strips! And NO amount of starch was going to make this baby lay flat!
Flipping it over you can see what I mean about the bubbles! It was one ripply piece of fabric!
I trimmed it down getting rid of all the straggly strips.
Then I decided to quarter it and see if I might be able to get rid of the ripple by sectioning it down to smaller squares.
It worked! Love it when it works out! I trimmed each piece down to 5.5".
And here is what my finished square will look like.....but no, I wasn't happy with that.
So I took each 5.5" square and quartered IT into 2.75" squares.
And here is what I ended up with in all it's tiny strippy scrappy glory! I think I like! Three more of these and I'll have myself a mini quilt to hang over my sink in the kitchen which is slowly being redecorated with Gypsy Caravan!
So tell me! What kind of project would YOU attempt with these itty bitty things? Would you be tempted to save them and make them into a fun project? I think this is a fun way of repurposing something that most people would just throw away! I'm saving the world! Well, okay, maybe I'm giving myself too much credit but I am proud that I'm finding uses for these scraps! Give me more ideas!!