Don’t throw away your “Next Step Trim” trimming.  “Trash can quilting” is a great way to put to use up all those little pieces of fabric.  Here are a couple of pictures to show you what could be done . . .


The process is quite simple:

Select a base layer.  It can be canvas, denim (old jeans?) or a quilting fabric.

Cover the tabletop with a large sheet of paper or fabric.  Lay the base fabric face up on the tabletop cover.  (If you’re sharing an ironing board, the cover makes it easy to pick up and move your composition.  If you don’t have to share the ironing board you can lay the base fabric directly on the ironing board.)

Lay fusible web (the kind that does not have a paper backing) over the top of the base fabric.

Now spread fabric scraps over the fusible web, randomly or in any design.  Chop the pieces up small and sprinkle them like confetti, or use the pieces like tiles to create a mosaic.  Add bits of ribbon, thread, or anything else, as long as it can be ironed. Cover the base fabric well, so that little if any of the base fabric shows through.

Cover the fabric scrap layer with a layer of tulle (that’s the netting used for bridal veils).  Tulle is available in colors, by the way . . . .

Cover the whole stack with a Teflon pressing sheet and iron it all together.  The fusible web will make the scraps stick, and will catch the tulle in some places.  Ta DA! You’ve created a new fabric.  Let it cool before moving it.

Optional step: If you want the finished fabric to have dimensional quilting, put batting and backing behind your trash can fabric now.  Put the backing fabric face down, then the batting on top of that, then the new fabric face up on top.  Pin the layers with safety pines, securely enough for quilting.

Now put this new fabric in your sewing machine and sew all over it to hold it together securely.  You can use this for free-motion quilting practice.  Experiment with different kinds of thread while you’re at it!

Once the fabric is assembled, you can cut and use it to make book covers, wallets, pencils cases, etc.  I like to bind the edges with folded grosgrain ribbon.



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