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How to Create Unique Fabric by Sewing Scraps!

angelawolffringeskirt16I love sweaters and shawls, especially since I am always cold in the air-conditioned restaurants (not that we have needed air conditioning in Michigan this summer!).  Thinking of the wardrobe challenge, sweaters are one of the items that I end up buying. Yes I do know how to crochet, yet trim on a jacket is about as far as that usually ends up. A small knitting machine sits in the corner of the studio (on my bucket list to learn how to use 🙂 ).

Angela Wolf Fringe Skirt 2I was recently sewing a fringe skirt and the tweed scraps falling on the floor reminded me of meeting a women wearing a really cute, long, loosely woven (sweater looking) vest. It was at the annual conference for ASDP, so I had to ask the question that only sewer’s are allowed to ask each other “did you make that?”.  She had indeed! I was really intrigued when she mentioned using water-soluble stabilizer and scraps from her last sewing project  – yes, scraps!

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Below is an example of using scraps from my tweed skirt:

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  • Lay out one layer of water-soluble stabilizer (54″ for a scarf)
  • Randomly place yarn, scraps, hairy yarn, etc.
  • Place another layer of water-soluble stabilizer (same length as the first piece)  on top of the yarns
  • Using long pins,  pin through all the layers

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  • Starting at one end, stitch down the center of the stabilizer, stitching through all the layers.  Be careful not to sew through any pins, stitch all the way to the end. (Draw a straight line down the center if you need something to follow).
  • From the center, align the edge of the presser foot with the first stitched line.  Stitch a second row, and a third, and 4th, until you get to about 1″ from the edge of the stabilizer.  (If your machine has a Laser Vision Guide, like my Brother Dreamweaver, this would be the perfect application!)

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  • Continue stitching rows along the entire length of the stabilizer until you have the desired width.
  • Turn the fabric and stitch a row from side to side, across the width of the stabilizer.
  • Continue to stitch row after row until the entire length is filled.

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The width of the stitched rows depend on how tight you want the weave of the new fabric or lace.  Just be sure to keep it somewhat tight or the yarns will fall away.

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The next step is easy!  Rinse the fabric panel in warm water and watch the water-soluble stabilizer disappear or throw the fabric in the wash on a hand-wash cycle, again with warm water.

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Above you can see the stabilizer has disappeared and I am left with a loosely woven fabric.  Notice the stitching lines, this is good to keep in mind when you choose the thread color.

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Who would have ever guessed

our scraps

could go so far!

 

 

A few more tips:

  • Throw the fabric in the dryer to soften the hand
  • The stabilizer and yarns shrink up after washing and drying,  keep that in mind if you need a specific length.
  • The more yarn and scraps, the thicker the fabric
  • To make an outfit, stitch all the pieces together before washing out the stabilizer

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This is a great technique to use for June’s Fabricate Challenge – which I extended the deadline until July 31st.

Have you ever tried this?  If so, please share any tips you might have!

Cheers,

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How to Make Bias Tape the Easy Way with Simplicity

Making bias tape has never been easier!  It is really important to make sure your bias strip are really cut on the true bias.  Here are a few tips to make sure you have success:

 To find the true bias:  lay your fabric on a flat surface.  It is easier if there is a grid to follow in order to line up your grainlines.  Here I line up the crosswise grainline and the fabric salvage.

Take one corner and pull the fabric to match the selvage with the crosswise grain.  This will create a triangle.

When working with slippery fabric, use a weight at one end so you can maneuver the fabric around.  The bias is along the folded edge.

Align a see through ruler along the bias edge.  I want 2″ bias strips so the first cut will be at the 1 inch mark because I am on the fold.

Now you will see you have a nice cut line on the bias.  I then take the bias line and fold the fabric in half, so I don’t have to cut so far.  I also move the fabric so I can line up the edge of the fabric along my grid underneath.

Again, using the see through ruler, cut every 2 inches.

Keep cutting strips until you run out of fabric.  I always cut more than I need, you never know when you might need a strip of bias!

Does anyone have any other tips for cutting bias strips …  especially when cutting slinky, slippery fabric?  I would love to hear your ideas.

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Happy New Year to all my family, friends and fans.  I keep promising to start a new blog for all those who continue to send me emails asking for fashion tips and help in solving their sewing blunders.  I kept fighting with the idea to separate the fashion from the sewing, but they are so interrelated … seriously it has taken 3 years to get one blog going, can you imagine me trying to have 2 of them!  So here it is … “Fashion Friday’s and Sewing Saturday’s”!  Every week I will give a few fashion tips and a new sewing idea or project.  At the same time, I hope to help some of you get inspired to sew your own fashionable clothes.  You can also feel free to email me your fashion and sewing questions or issues, I will feature a few of you each week in this blog.  I hope you all will enjoy this as much as I will.

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