Hello! Today I’m happy to share some ideas on something that is dear to my heart…adapting some of my favorite patterns so I can use patchwork! I’ve always felt that with fabrics…the more the merrier! Over the years, some of my favorite projects have been ones where I took patterns that called for single fabrics or yardages and substituted my own patchwork pieces.
One of my favorite projects where I used this technique is my scrappy
patchwork Travel Duffle bag; I used 3 ½″ squares of some of my favorite fabrics to make a large piece of fabric. I then had that patchwork piece quilted and cut the required pieces for the bag from it.
Another favorite is my iCase for my iPad. For this I used 2 ½″ squares of some of the same fabrics used in the Travel Duffle.
I also used 2 ½″ squares to make this Sew Together bag…it’s another favorite, although I think that I will use smaller squares when I make my next one. Read on for my favorite tips for adding patchwork into your next sewing project.
5 Tips for Adding Patchwork
into Sewing Projects
1. Decide on the size of patchwork depending on the size pieces you’ll be cutting.
2. Consider adding just a bit of patchwork to your project.
3. Sew patchwork pieces together on a regular basis so you always have some ready to add into another project.
This is a great way to create a patchwork piece without necessarily having to add a lot of extra time to your project sewing. I like to sew 9-patches from scraps and then sew them into larger pieces for later use.
4. You can also use patchwork strips to add interest to a project.
Sewing patchwork strips is another great way to add patchwork to a project. Strips of any width can be sewn together and then later trimmed depending on the size needed for embellishment. Half-square triangles are another option for adding patchwork piecing to a project.
5. Stay-stitch ⅛″ around the edges of finished patchwork before adding to a project.
To add stay-stitching, simply sew a straight seam approximately ⅛″ away from all of the edges of the patchwork piece. By adding the stay stitching, you will prevent the seams from unraveling at the edges.
Finally…just have fun adding patchwork to your projects! Whether you add a little or a lot, your sewing project is sure to be even more stunning with some scrappy patchwork embellishment!
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