Machine Piecing With Fabric Strips

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Machine Piecing with Fabric Strips
I enjoy sewing very much and I am a happy scrap saver. I have a pretty box just for scraps.  In this box are often strips left over from other sewing projects.

Today I will show some ways these strips can be used to create a variety of items. The first item is a pillow cover. I used red and white strips, a piece of batting and left over
muslin to make a pillow top and an envelope back. To create the diagonal pieced top
I laid the first strip centered diagonally on top of the batting square. The batting was precut to the size I wanted the pillow top to be. Now lay the next fabric strip on top of the first with right sides together. Now, sew down the length of the strips allowing a ¼ inch seam allowance. Finger press the second strip to the right side. Continue adding strips to both sides of the center strip until the piece is the size you want. I added borders by sewing white strips to the two sides and then to the top and bottom.

To create a pillow back you need to cut two pieces of fabric that are the same width as the pillow top, but 2/3 the length. Press the length pieces to make a hem ¼ inch across the top of each piece and sew. Now to assemble. Lay the pillow top, face up. Lay the two backing pieces with the hem sides in the middle of the pillow top wrong side up. The hems will overlap each other near the center of the pillow back.  Now, sew 5/8” Inside all four sides of the pillow. You will be sewing through the top, bating, and the back two pieces. Trim each corner and turn right side out. Insert a pillow form to complete your pillow.

I made the table runner the same way as the pillow top. First cut your backing the length and width you want the runner to be.  Cut a piece of batting to fit. Lay the batting on the top of the backing with the backing wrong side up. I began adding strips from the middle out to each side. I trimmed the completed top and then using strips I bound the edges.

The heart was pieced onto a piece of muslin. I started in the center adding strips to each side.  When the muslin was covered, I used the heart templet I made out of cardboard to cut the pieced piece into the shape of a heart. This can now be backed and sewn to create a heart ornament or it could be appliqued onto something.

Lastly the little tree. This will be a framed in a 5×7 picture frame. Cut the muslin base this size. Now you can strip piece sewing as directed above or you can fold a small seam allowance to one side of the second piece and put glue on this. Glue the folded side to the center piece. Continue adding glued strips from the center out till the muslin base is covered.  I went to www.firstpalette.com and found a tree templet.  I printed this out onto cardstock. I centered the tree measuring the cardboard to make it fit the 5×7 frame.  I poked a hole in the center of the tree with my paper cutting scissors and cut away the tree shape. This I then placed on top of the pieced work.  It is now ready to frame.

Hope you enjoy piecing with strips of fabric.
God Bless, Trudy

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What happens when we create?   Using our imagination and manipulating materials gives us sensory input. We make decisions about color, placement and scale.  There is a lot of  learning going on!  If we allow ourselves freedom of expression we will have fun.  This will reinforce our enjoyment of the experience. This is true for children and adults.  Coloring within the the lines is learning self-control.  It is not self-expression.  As a preschool teacher I wanted to provide the children with materials and time to experience with their senses.  Some of their work was simply discovery.  In the class room, I would take the children’s completed easel art to make butterflies by cutting out the butterfly shape from the art then gluing a black paper insect body to the center. These flights of fancy hanging from the ceiling delighted the children.

The encouragement to create and the space to make mistakes is learning.  What ever the medium: paint, fabric, fibers or threads, art is expressed through the burning light of our self expression, what ever our age.