Thursday, January 3, 2013

Making BIG "made fabric"

I've been working on a project that needed made fabric.  And I needed a lot of it.  Since the made fabric had to cover large areas, I decided to use big pieces of fabric.  Big for me is anything bigger than 4 inches wide!  Even 4 inches seems "big".   Compare "big" with my usual bits in the picture below.

I tried different ways to do it and refined my technique as I went along.  I have been using made fabric in quilting for some time now, but if you need inspiration or directions on what to do be sure to get Victoria's new book, 15 Minutes of Play.  It is chock full of ideas.

First I pieced the fabric together free form.  This took a lot of time and I was never sure just how much of my "area" I was covering.

Then I tried paper piecing - actually sewing onto newspaper pages.  That worked ok, but I found the paper slipped easily on the  sewing machine, so that some of the pieces did not lie flat.

Finally I simply used a sheet of newspaper as a template and took fabric swatches and lay them over the paper in various angles. That gave me a good sense of how much fabric I needed to cover the paper.  Then I could mark my seam and cutting lines of each fabric (with soap) so that I could maintain the angles I set them at.  I found I could manipulate sections of made fabric that were about the size of a sheet of newspaper, so I made about l5 sheets worth of made fabric.

just a fraction of the made fabric I needed.  
So  what now?  I'll show you tomorrow!


  1. I am SO HAPPY to call you a friend. I am absolutely impressed by your creativity and your problem solving skills. Your fearlessness impresses me too! Your "made fabric" looks AWESOME and I cant' wait to see what you do with it!


  2. Hi Kathy! Your made fabric looks awesome, so vibrant and exciting! I, too, tend toward using teeny scraps - and I have a project on my wall right now that needs some "big" made fabric. Thanks for the inspiration! Chris

  3. love the "made" fabric. makes me want to pull out my scraps and get busy making some for a project I have in mind.

  4. Gorgeous "made" fabric -- I've been thinking about taking a lot of my strip stash (2.5" etc.) and creating large pieces to use later. I'm tired of the strip stash but don't want to make "jelly roll" style tops ... what you're doing is motivating for me. Watching closely!

  5. The colors are wonderful - really beautiful, Kathy

  6. I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll make with this!

  7. YOur made fabric is wonderful, the colors are awesome.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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