Using Your Scraps to Make Fabric: Unusual Shaped Scraps

This method is all about how to turn the strangely shaped fabric off cuts from a sewing or quilting project into a yardage of fabric that is all the same colour or pattern.

Materials Used:  Using Your Scraps to Make Fabric

– Scrap fabric – Lightweight iron – Ironing board – Sewing machine thread – Twine – Teflon sheet

Step 1: Choose What Size Of Fabric You Will Make

I use a wool pressing mat for most of my ironing, so the size of that mat is the maximum size of fabric I tend to make. My pressing mat is 12 x 18.

Step 2: Arrange Your Scraps 

Next, start placing your scraps right side up on top of the fusible. This is when it becomes a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. You want the scraps to overlap each other a little bit, but not too much.

Step 3: Fuse Your Scraps Into Place 

If this is your first time doing this, I would suggest you wait until you have all your scraps laid out before you use your iron.

Set your stitch to a zig-zag stitch. I usually go for a 2 or 2.5 stitch length to make sure my stitch catches both of the pieces of scrap I am trying to join.

Step 4: Sewing The Joins

I trim my made fabric just enough so that I have straight edges, but if you want a particular size, like a pre-cut size or strips, then you can do that at this stage.

Step 5: Trim Your Fabric Yardage To Size