Hi Scrap Your Stashers! I’m Susan, and I’m so glad (the other) Susan invited us to join her here. My friend Adrianna and I blog at crafterhours about all sorts of things related to crafting for our children (4 girls between us), our homes, our friends and ourselves. And then there’s the occasional tangent about a place we went or things we like. This week we’re hosting Skirt Week, and readers are voting, starting today, for their favorite skirts. I hope you’ll check it out!
We write a lot of tutorials about how to make things, but today’s tutorial is less about the product, in this case, and more about the process. The more sewing you do, the more scraps you have. And the more scraps you have, the more you have to figure out what to keep. How small is too small? What can you use super tiny scraps for?
I like to fuse them together and use them much like I might use felt. Here’s an example of what my daughter K (she’s 4) and I made together. She made the silly “ooooh” face all by herself:
Usually appliques involve a satin stitch around the edge of a shape, like this:
Me? I’m not so much a fan of the satin stitch. Especially if the applique has a lot of parts and/or if the parts are small. It can get too chunky and clunky, I think. But if a fabric is fused to another piece of fabric, you don’t have to worry much about the edges. They won’t stay perfect, but the fraying is limited.
Here are a few other examples of how we’ve used them:
Lay that on another scrap with the wrong sides together and iron it down.
Trim him and he’s ready to stitch on to just about anything. An easy straight stitch 1/4″ to 1/8″ from the edge.