Scrap Love: Embroidery Tutorial

Who doesn’t love a scrappy project?

Bonjour Quilts - embroidery project

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

Not just the look of them but also the fact you’re squeezing a little bit more life out of your much loved fabrics.

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(Downside: it encourages scrap hoarding. Big time.)

This technique can be used with scraps of almost any size – these fabric tiles are one inch squares.

My cutting template came from an empty plastic milk bottle. I wrapped it in waste cloth and warmed it under a low iron to relax the curve, then stashed it under a big stack of heavy books until cool. Opaque plastic works best as you can easily trace a template straight from the grid on your cutting mat.

Trace a bunch of shapes on the paper of your double-sided appliqué interfacing:

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 Then iron onto the wrong side of your scraps:

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 Let cool and then cut them out.

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 Another great thing about one inch fabric tiles is that it’s easy to test out designs on your cutting board, using the grid as a guide.

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 Replicate the one inch grid on your chosen backing fabric with water soluble marker:

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 One of the problems with fixing the tiles in place is the need to put waste cloth on top of them before ironing. If you lay them all out it is near impossible to keep them all in position as you place on the cloth – so I iron mine on one line at a time.

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 I just iron each line lightly and quickly, enough so they won’t move, then move on to the next line (don’t use steam or your water soluble grid will disappear).

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 Once I have all the lines in place I then give the whole piece a thorough going-over with steam or a bit of water on the cloth to make sure those suckers are well stuck.

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 I like to further fix my squares with hand sewing and always draw a guiding grid because I am terrible at keeping straight.

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 Then it’s up to you what you want to do with it! It’s a very colourful, scrappy canvas for whatever purpose you decide.

I chose to embroider over mine. I sketched out a design and used the old window light-box trick to trace it onto my canvas. (If your design is very fine this method won’t work so well, the tiles make it hard to trace though.)

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 It takes a little more effort to bunch through the extra layer of fabric, but nothing too difficult.

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 I finished this one off using my usual method:

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

 And it’s now having a lovely time in its new home in New Zealand. Hi Sarah!

Bonjour Quilts - Embroidery Tutorial

So if you’re holding on to those last tiny scraps of Mendocino or Flea Market Fancy (original issue), why not put them to use so you can enjoy them everyday?

 

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21 thoughts on “Scrap Love: Embroidery Tutorial”

    • Any cloth you’re not going to be upset about if it gets ruined (by excess glue in this case). It could be a fabric you don’t like or something like an old tea towel or scrap from an old shirt, etc.

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  1. So clever. Thank you. However, as you said, it’s hard to throw away the tiniest scrap; with this new tut, it will be impossible.
    Guess I’ll be saving more plastic containers. Ho Ho. I love it!

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  2. OMG I have a bunch of triangles of gorgeous Art Gallery Fabric leftover from a quilt.(.Knew I was hoarding them for a reason) how cute would this be using up some of those —love it..and love that I am posting after @Maureen Cracknell Handmade (my latest idol)..thanks so much Kristy..your site is luscious…cannot wait to dive right into it!

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  3. how on earth do you do it girl. i turn my back for a few weeks and return to find all manner of travel stories, amazing pics, crafting goodness and shenanigans of four wee kiddies. i’m worn out (and a wee bit envious) just reading and drooling. missed you xx

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