Some people, those with no ‘sewel’ (sewers soul) would say that I buy too much fabric, I would reply: sew what? I set myself the challenge of scrap busting, patchwork seemed the obvious choice but I am rather slap dash and very undisciplined. Crazy blocking has much more appeal as you generally make it up as you go/sew along.
Firstly I rummaged through my scraps under 10 x 15 cm box, yes I catogorise my scraps by size, it’s another procrastinating pastime! After a happy trip down material memory lane the winners were selected. The bright colours and slightly japanese theme made it to ‘boot camp’.
This is my kind of sewing when you need to chill, just let the fabric decide and don’t plan or worry. You could call it material meditation or sewga (yoga – a step to far in the sewing pun arena?). You basically line up your fabric, sew and flip over, and add another………There are plenty of guides/tutorials around, the basic rules are:
press, press and press
maintain a uniform seam allowance ( I tried, I promise)
After a happy escapist hour or two I had a panel complete, I gave it a good old pressing then had a brew and pondered on the possibilities. It was almost like having a bespoke mid-shaped fat quarter!
As the panel was a sort of bottom heavy oval I toyed with the idea of a burp cloth for my soon to be born niece. Before I knew it my beloved french curve was earning it’s keep and a tunic was drafted. I cut another in gingham (after rick-rack, my next fave thing) sewed them together right sides facing leaving a small gap for turning out. Pressed, and added a rick-rack edge cunningly closing the turning gap at the same time. I trimmed the sleeves with another of life’s can’t live withouts: bias binding.
Feeling cocky after this project I planned (ahem, dreamed) about making a big curtain, of course this is on the to do list!
so cute, I must do this again!