Scrap Happy!I treasure my leftover scraps from making fiber postcards. I save them in three ways: Fabric with Fusible, Fabric attached to Stabilizer, Scrap-ola
A. Fabrics with FusibleFabrics with fusible already bonded to their reverse side, are ready-to-go. They can speed up your next project because it's as simple as cutting a shape and fusing it within your postcard design.
After each postcard project, I carefully inspect my leftover pieces by looking for the shiney fusible layer, and I keep the pieces with paper backing on their reverse side.
These can be small or large scraps, but I save the best of them. I like to store them in a gallon size zip-lock bag for easy viewing, shaking, and sorting.
|With fusible attached, these are perfect for fussy-cutting|
B. Fabrics attached to StabilizerThere was a time when I used to toss away the leftover fabrics attached to stiffeners. I never imagined I could use these thick scraps for anything worthwhile. Most of them tended to be narrow, stiff sliver shapes. But I was wrong!
Fabrics attached to stabilizers, can add a dimensional layer to your postcard projects. Imagine layering them as a post on a birdhouse design, a branch on a tree, or cutting out modern geometric shapes. The ideas are endless!
You can fuse them down, or use your favorite decorative stitches to attach each piece.
I have even bridge-stitched them together using decorative machine stitches to adjoin the pieces side-by-side. This makes a whole new patchwork postcard, ready for attaching additional embellishments!
|Thin slivers can be adjoined to make enough for a whole postcard|
C. Scrap-olaThat's what I call my scraps. I think we all save our fabric fragments. But what size is a true scrap? Of course, that's a personal decision!
If my leftover fabric piece is larger than 10"x10" I fold it back into the main yardage and store it away with my fabric collection.
But if it falls into my definition of SCRAP-OLA (under 10"x10") I like to tuck them into color-coordinated, recycled tissue boxes.
It sure makes great sense, to recycle and repurpose both the pretty tissue boxes and the fabric scrap-ola!
|I match my scraps to the color of the box!|
|This crate holds two layers of stacked scrap-ola boxes|
|Scrap-ola on its journey to a new postcard!|
|My final postcard made from recycled Scrap-ola|