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« on: September 13, 2016 08:17:06 AM »

I can't throw out even the teeniest, weeniest, nothing little scraps of string or fabric.

Spread threads out on dissolvable stabilizer (I used SulkySolv).


Use some fabric scraps for more stability, you can get away with a thinner layer if you do this too.



Fold in half, stitch all over.



You can embellish on the outside of the sulky before washing it away, anything goes!


Wash away the stabilizer and let the pieces dry.




You can add whatever you want afterwards too.



Here's some made from the wool confetti, they required a LOT of stitching to hold together.





Sometimes the piece will be a bit wonk, when that happens a spritz of water and a warm-hot iron with a pressing cloth usually does the trick to flatten things out. You can also push the fabric around into more of the shape you want when it's damp and dry it flat (or another shape). Just beware synthetics if you do use an iron, I've melted ribbon, oops!

Thanks for joining me on a trip through my own personal madness! Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2016 10:09:39 AM »

I just knew this would be you from the thumbnail.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this whole post. I've never used solvy before, but after seeing your flag I knew it was something I needed in my life. Now I know what to do with it once I finally gather the courage to play with it.

Love seeing those scraps become something wonderful. Thanks for sharing the method behind your magic!
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016 10:21:58 AM »

The background are beautiful and very interesting to look at with all the shapes and colors. You really have an eye to put the colors together so that they look very pleasing.
My favorite is the person looking at the star. The background is fabulous with the gradation of colors.
They all are beautiful and creative.

That is first class recycling!
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016 10:43:01 AM »

<3 <3 <3 you guys Smiley.

I credit this free form lace scarf post from years ago on here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112111.0

More recently Alwaysinmyroom posted about using dissolvable stabilizer and shreds to make fabric backgrounds for art pages etc. I'd had the Sulkysolv for a while but was too chicken to try it out. So glad I did, I discovered a new love!

See what you can start with your crazy craft ideas? Love this place!
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016 11:14:03 AM »

LOVE this post!  (And it totally made think 'I have to show this to Abbeeroad!' too. Wink)  I've always wanted to try the freeform lace scarf idea, but hadn't gotten around to it.  Thank you for all the inspiration!
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016 11:16:21 AM »

NOOOOOOOOOOO!
I finally got to the point where I threw away scraps!  Now I have to restock and save every little bit FOREVER?Huh??

really nice pieces.  Maybe I'll send my scraps to you...
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2016 11:31:37 AM »

I have a small tub with all of my thread and fabric clippings next to my sewing machine. I used to just give them to the birds but now I can make this!

Wow - love all of the stitching.
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2016 11:39:44 AM »

The thing about scraps is that there will always be more. Some for the birds, some for the bins Wink.
If I were to run out (it's never happened, lol) I could just start another project. In fact, I need to work on curtains for our bedroom. I have some incredibly colourful fabric set aside for that...

Maybe I'll send my scraps to you...

You would not believe how many people make this threat, lol!

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016 02:08:53 PM »

Thanks for making me realize I am not crazy after all!

(Haven't gotten around to actually make something with the scraps I save.)

I love what you made with it!
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2016 05:32:05 PM »

Uuuuuggghhhhhhh CRAFTYLITTLEMONKEY!

Every.bit. of my crazy loves this project! EVERY.BIT. It's so haphazard and chaotic, but layered and intense.

Yeah. I dig this like a gopher in a garden. And I can see where Sweetpea gets her eye.

Your scrap pile makes me want to stop donating, and hoard every bit of fabric possible.Totes saving this for me to try after my swap is finished.

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