Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Scrap fabric on paper/Stoffschnipsel auf Papier
A short while ago, I found an interesting idea how to find use for the tiny fabric scraps I use to collect in a glass jar on my working table.
Take a piece of craft paper - or a paper grocery bag - cut it flat the size you desire, then arrange those tiny scraps of fabric and trims onto the paper, sticking them to the paper with a bit of glue stick or PVA glue. You don't have to glue very accurately, just enough to keep the scraps in place.
When the glue is dry, you might want to iron the collage - sandwich it under a sheet of newspaper to keep your iron from getting sticky.
Then use your sewing machine and a zigzag seam to complete the collage. Now you have a fabric paper sheet.
At Mamume's blog (in German), where I first found this idea, she uses this sheet for cutting it up into tags, which is a great idea - but I think this material is sturdy enough to be used for something more lasting, like for a book cover for example.
This is a book cover which I made as a birthday present for a friend:
As I wanted the title of the book to show through, I cut out a 'window' in the fabric with a craft knife and replaced it with a piece of clear plastic from a transparent envelope.
I also added a cotton ribbon for a bookmark and an elastic ribbon for holding book and cover shut.
Another use for this 'new' material would be to sew a kind of document bag out of it,
closing it with a zipper or a velcro strip.
(German summary: In Mamume's blog (auf Deutsch) habe ich eine nette Anleitung gefunden, wie man kleinste Stoffschnipsel auf Papier aufnähen kann - und gleich sind mir ein paar weitere Ideen gekommen, wie man diesen 'neuen Stoff' auch noch verwenden könnte ...)