Make Fabric Patches With Irregular Shaped Scraps

This method is all about how to turn the strangely shaped fabric offcuts from a sewing or quilting project into yardage of fabric.

Materials Needed:

– Collection of scrap fabric – Lightweight iron – Pressing surface  – Sewing Machine Thread – Teflon sheet (optional)

Step 1. Choose what size of fabric you will make.

Once you have chosen the size of fabric you will make cut your lightweight fusible to that exact size.

When you have cut your fusible to size, place its fusible side up on your ironing surface. Next start placing your scraps right side up on top of the fusible.

Step 2. Arrange your Scraps.

When you are ready to iron use the cotton setting and press down over each section of your ‘fabric’ for a second or two.

Step 3. Fuse your scraps into place.

Set your stitch to a zig-zag stitch. I usually go for a 2 or 2.5 stitch length to make sure my stitch catches both of the pieces of scrap I am trying to join.

Step 4. Sewing the joins.

I trim my made fabric just enough so that I have straight edges, but if you want a particular size, you can do that too.

Step 5. Trim your Fabric Yardage to Size.

I tend to leave the pieces as big as I can because I don’t always know in advance what I will use them for.

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