Scrappy piecing has to be the best and most fun technique to use up loads of your favourite fabric scraps. No piece too small!!
You can create pieced patchwork panels and design your very own style using your fave prints and colours.
Curious? Let me show you more.
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But let's get started. Wahoooo!
The technique is very simple. Based mostly on improv piecing (you can find my very own technique of planned, fussy cut piecing in this pattern). Just add prints as you wish... but see for yourself.
Grab your fave scraps and let's get started.
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Step by step!
But now... let me walk you through the process. One step at a time. I promise - it's super easy! If you can sew a straight line... you'll be totally fine. And only the sky is the limit with this fun technique.
Gather your fave scraps! I love using smaller ones so I get to use loads of pieces for a small patchwork panel. But of course, feel free to use any size you wish.
Before getting started... a quick note. I always make sure the scraps I am planning to use are neatly pressed. It just makes the next steps so much easier.
Are you ready? Here we go....
- pick your first two pieces of scraps
- and trim the edges (using a rotary cutter and ruler) you're planning to join
- place your scraps right sides together, lining them up on the trimmed edge
- sew them in place using a 1/4" seam allowance
- open and press
Add your next piece...
- pick your next piece of scrap
- choose it's placement
- trim to be joined edges
- place your new piece of scrap on top of your panel, right sides together
- sew it in place using a 1/4" seam allowance
- open and press
And then continue adding scraps as you wish. Pretty much framing your originals prints you've started with.
Top tip - I like repeating this step... and then joining multiple little blocks, creating a larger panel. Just like this.
And from those panels... you can pretty much make anything. From scrappy quilts, garments to bags and pouches. Of course - I will always make all the bags!
Only adding a little scrap batting (see the theme here...) and some machine quilting. And your scraps are ready to get a new life! No scrap left behind, right?
I love making scrappy Quilted Boxy Pouches. The smaller the scraps the better. Showing more of your most treasured (and long hoarded) scraps.
But let me show you a couple more pictures of my favourite scrappy makes (all Quilted Boxy Pouches... oooopsie!). They are just too addictive.
Best + big quilty hugs.
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