How to Add Machine Tape to Scraps by Sewing

Why throw away perfectly good fabric when you can upcycle it into something new? With this sewing project, you’ll create pieces of fabric that are suitable for all kinds of projects.

Materials Used:

– Adding machine tape – Old store receipts – Fabric remnants – Cutting mat – Rotary cutter – Ruler

Step 1: Set Up Your Paper Strips and Sewing Machine

To create the backing of our scrappy strips, we’ll use adding paper or some other thin type of paper.

Take some time to think about what you’d like your finished product to look like. 

Step 2: Plan Your Strip and Pick Out Fabric Remnants

If I have plans for my scrappy strips, I might use similarly colored remnants and follow a specific color scheme, but other times, I might have so many crumbs and different patterns that I go totally random. 

Position your first piece of fabric at the end of the adding paper, with the “right side” (or patterned side) facing up towards you.

Step 3: Sew Your First Pieces

Place the second piece of fabric over the first, but with the “wrong side” (or non-patterned side) facing up. 

Continue sewing remnants onto your scrappy strips. After every few pieces, use your rotary tool to trim excess fabric from either side of the strip. 

Step 4: Repeat Until the Paper Strip is Covered

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