♥ Liberty

by Nova on December 17, 2013

Strippy, Scrappy, Quilt-As-You-Go, Raw Edge, Heart Ornament Tutorial
Phew. That’s a bit of a mouthful for a simple little tute!

I find it hard to part with even the tiniest of scraps, especially ‘special’ scraps like the very last pieces of a favourite fabric or  Liberty.

Liberty love

I made these little hearts a while ago with teeny strips of Liberty scraps & snapped some pics along the way in case you were hoarding  some teeny strips  that you were wondering what on earth to do with too.

As the strips were quite narrow I thought I’d make something that had raw edges so that as much of  the fabric was still on show as possible & there were no seams hiding the precious scraps away.

It’s an all round good tiny scrap user-upperer project that also makes a really pretty little ornament. You don’t have to make hearts, you could make a different shape that takes your fancy. Turn them into a pincushion or fill with lavender, hang them from a door handle or bedpost. Once the strips are all sewn down you could even turn it into a little dolls quilt.  I really love how the strips look all sewn down with their uneven edges & if they were stitched to a lovely piece of linen rather than a scrap of wadding  they would make a nice little piece of scrappy art to frame I reckon.

What you will need:

  • Some  strips of fabric scraps, varying widths & lengths (mine were about 3/4″ to 1 1/4″ wide & 7-10″ long or thereabouts, it doesn’t really matter, just use the strips you have, no need to trim – that’s the idea)
  • A scrap of wadding or pelon or similar – big enough to accommodate all your strips (mine was about 14 or 15 ” x about 11 or 12″, again it doesn’t really matter & depends entirely how big your strips are & what you want to turn your sewn down strips into)
  • paper template (I drew a heart) – remember to allow for your seam allowance of 1/4″
  • Stuffing of choice.

How to:

Gather your scrappy strips & give them a quick press if needs be.


Don’t worry if they’re not that straight, it all adds to happy scrappy wonky love :)

Place your first strip right side up on the right hand side of your piece of scrap wadding.  Lay your next strip, again with right side up so it overlaps your first strip a bit (approx 1/4″ or thereabouts) .  Remember, we are leaving the raw edges exposed so go ahead & sew that strip down approx an 1/8″ from the raw edge.

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 1

Then add another strip in exactly the  same way, overlapping & then sewing approx 1/8″ from the raw edge

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 2

& keep adding those pretty little strips….raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 3…until you run out of strips or reach the other edge of your wadding

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 4

So pretty!

Next grab your templates & pin in place. You can pin them straight or at an angle. For this little lot I did them straight but on another piece I cut them at an angle (you can see one of those in the first pic)

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 5

Cut out your shapes & then add a ribbon for hanging (if you’re makign a pincushion you can skip the ribbon). Pin the ribbon in place & baste it in position

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 6

Then pin the dangly bit out the way so it doesn’t get caught up in the seams

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 7

Take another heart – you can use one of the scrappy strippy ones you just cut out or you could cut out some hearts from scrap fabric to use as the backing.  Whichever you decide place your 2 hearts right sides together.

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 8

Pin in place & make a couple of marks approx 2″ apart  so you remember to leave a gap for turning it right side out.

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 9

sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance, back stitching at the start & finish.

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 10

trim the point & dippy heart bit & clip the curves being careful not to cut into the seam.

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 11

Carefully take the pin out that is holding the ribbon out the way. Turn your heart right side out & stuff it. You can add some lavender at this point too if you like.

raw edge quilt as you go tutorial 12

Slip stitch the gap closed & hang your hearts!

Liberty Hearts

If you make some Strippy, Scrappy, Quilt-As-You-Go, Raw Edge, Heart Ornaments/ Pincushions/ lavender bags I’d love to see! Please share them in my Flickr group!

& if your scrap bucket is not overflowing & you’re after some Liberty scraps, then Jo from the Greene Stitch Co is your girl with her awesome Liberty scrap grab bags!

Liberty fabric hearts

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Katy December 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

Very cute :o)


Julie December 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Just lovely and so pretty in those Liberty scraps. Maybe I will have to invest in some …..so many fabrics I like ….


Tracy December 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Cute as! I love projects that try to bust the stash of even the tiniest pieces that are “just too good to throw away!”
Happy Christmas to you and yours!
Cheers, Tracy


CJ December 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm

They’re really pretty, what a lovely use of tiny but beautiful scraps. I knew it was a good idea to keep them!


Lea December 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

How cute! What a wonderful way to use the tiniest of scraps. Thank you for sharing.


Kellie Andersen December 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

You’ve made me decide I’m overdue to add some gorgeous Liberty to my stash! How beautiful the scrappy hearts look :-)


Zoe December 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Love the liberty love Nova. Mine is hanging in my kitchen. Thank you, it’s perfect. X


Bridgette December 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Maybe, just maybe, I can do this?!


Vicki December 24, 2013 at 3:27 am

Nova thank you so much for sending a little bit of Liberty love my way. I have just got home from work on a dark, wet and stormy english day and seeing your little tutorial has cheered me up no end. Thank you for all your blogging over the past year and have a lovely christmas! Xxx


natasha December 31, 2013 at 6:15 am

If I had Liberty fabric I would use every scrap as well. The hearts are a great idea and I love how clear your tutorial is.


Louise January 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

I just found your blog and I love this idea (and your blog too :o). Thanks so much for sharing this little tutorial, it’s very clever and I can’t wait to try it.


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