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Sunday, June 26, 2011

I Finished the Altered Fabric Project

I sat outside on my deck tying green beads to the fabric. I used Fray Check to make sure they would not fall off.
Do you have any idea what I made?

I used that fabric to make a handbag to go with this blue shirt:

After finishing it, I wondered if I had other outfits that I could use the handbag for.  I spent less than 5 minutes going through my closet and I found two more.  How about green and brown?

Then I found this evergreen-colored undershirt and this light green over shirt. I think it's the best yet.
When I finished this handbag, I was thinking that I would not be using it very often.  But after a very quick look though my closet,  I now feel certain that I will get quite a lot of use from this unique handbag!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Altered Fabric

It has been so long since I've sewn anything. Once summer gets here, I am so busy with my flowers that the sewing takes a back seat.

I still have not made anything, but I am in the process. A long time ago I read about making a unique piece of fabric by sewing a bunch of scraps in the middle of a long piece of fabric. Like this:

I just picked out pieces of fabric that I thought went with the bold blue/green/yellow fabric that you seen on the right end.  Layer until you have a fairly even thickness - I did about 4 layers of scraps.

Then I folded the end piece over and folded gently a few more times to make a manageable piece to fit under the sewing machine.  I did pin the ends a bit so the tiny scraps would not fall out.
Then I just sewed lines (don't even have to be the same width) down the fabric. Mine were no more than 3/4 of an inch apart.

Then take sharp scissors and cut down the center of each line, but not through the back layer.
It's OK to have pieces sticking out--that is what you want. I then put mine in a big pillow case and threw it in the washer and dryer.
When it was done, I was thrilled to have a piece of fabric that looked like this:

I am hoping to have time to finish this project this weekend so I can show you what I ended up making with  my altered fabric.
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