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.
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.
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.
Then add another strip in exactly the same way, overlapping & then sewing approx 1/8″ from the raw edge
& keep adding those pretty little strips….…until you run out of strips or reach the other edge of your wadding
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)
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
Then pin the dangly bit out the way so it doesn’t get caught up in the seams
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.
Pin in place & make a couple of marks approx 2″ apart so you remember to leave a gap for turning it right side out.
sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance, back stitching at the start & finish.
trim the point & dippy heart bit & clip the curves being careful not to cut into the seam.
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.
Slip stitch the gap closed & hang your 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!