Oh I love playing with scraps. and this project was no exception. SOme of you will have seen from a post earlier this year, that I have a barn where amongst many things - I run a group for Upcycling crafts.
This project came from scouring the net for ideas as to what to do with all the scraps, from the scraps !!!
I have a lovely lady, who runs a womens refuge in India. In order to raise funds, they repurpose old saris into yarn and silk ribbons. She often sends me bags of the bits even they cant use.
I watched this tutorial on you tube for some inspiration and just played and played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykf4kwCqFgg
Essentially, you need to get a little basket by your machine and start saving everything. The threads you cut off, the little shreads you trip. The ends of ribbon that you would normally chuck. Save it all.
Then iron it all onto fusable lining. Just group it in random patterns and iron it all on.
Then, lay a piece of cheap organza over the top. It needs to be the cheap stuff NOT silk organza, as you need to be able to burn it.
Take your sewing machine and use every single stitch pattern you have to create lines and lines of funky patterns.
Finally, grab your heat tool and melt away the organza. You are left with little patches of it here and there, which personally I love - but you could go overboard and melt it all if you need to.
you end up with a piece of fabric that you can do lovely things with. Im seeing bags, and boxes emerging !
cut mine out into a simple box shape, embellished it with seed beads and then lined it, to make this holder for crochet hooks and knitting needles.
Amazing what you can reclaim from your bin isnt it