If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I really like to get the most use out of any material I use: fabric, yarn, paper, etc. I really dislike waste and after any project, I’ll set aside the remnants for other potential uses. I don’t always know what those will be, but something always comes up.
So with that in mind, I have a fairly good sized stash of scrap fabric. While browsing Pinterest, I came across an idea to just begin sewing all the scraps together in a hodge-podge fashion and making full pieces of crazy pieced fabric. I didn’t really want to go down the quilt-piecing road (although it’s always an option) because I wanted to explore the idea of creating applique pieces.
I organized my scraps into color families and chose the purple pile today. I sewed the pieces together fairly randomly until I had a solid sheet about 10″x 15″. (The eagle-eyed among you will spot the fabric I used for the dog’s collars from Day 2 of Make Madness 2018.) Then I applied a piece of Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive to the back of the fabric. With the released paper still attached, I drew and cut out dog paw shapes. Because the fabric was such a mixture of prints and colors, each paw was different.
Then I removed the release paper, and ironed the paw onto a piece of solid fabric. For today, I chose a scrap piece of duck cloth. Making sure the paw was securely attached to the duck cloth, I used my sewing machine to sew the paw pad outlines. My free motion sewing leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s just a matter of practice, practice, practice.
I’m really pleased with how the paw turned out and can see using this technique in the future.
You know what one of those paws would look good on, don’t you? Yep, a dog bed. Or two.