Monday, April 25, 2011

Scrap Treasures: A Tutorial

I love those itty, bitty fabric scraps.  I cannot help but keep all my fabric around, even those little pieces that are just too small or awkward to sew into anything.  

I have a fabric scrap organization system.   Multiple scraps of the same fabric line that are at least 2" wide by 2" high or larger go together in their own bag.  Fabric scraps that are smaller than 2" x 2" or that are the only piece from a fabric line go into one combined bucket (scrap treasures) until I can think of something to do with them. 


Last fall I put together these coasters with some scraps that were shaped too funny to use for anything else. These coasters were beautiful when I got them, but over time they developed stains, chips, and an old worn out look about them.     


I used some mod podge for fabric, my odd shaped scraps and some trim to dress them up!
I love them so much, they make me smile every time I look at them. 

I wanted to make a tutorial on how to put these together.  So I went to a bunch of shops looking for a ceramic coaster or two but all the ones I found were too new to up-cycle.  

But see, I also like shoe boxes.  Shoe boxes are great storage, but they aren't exactly eye candy.  So I like to cover them with scrap book paper, or paint...or fabric scraps! :) 


I had this cute little box that has been waiting for a little make over.  


Isn't it so sweet?


I have been keeping some little treasures in this box.  Old needles and sewing feet. Some odds n' ends from my Grandma's sewing days. 


Materials
  • Fabric scraps
  • Paint brushes
  • Mod Podge for Fabric
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Optional Embellishments: Buttons, Trim, Ribbon
  • Item you want to cover


This is also a great project to do with a little one! 

I set everything up outside because it is easier to clean up that way! ;)

My bin of fabric scrap treasures. 
 1.  Pick out the scraps you want to use on your item. 

 2.  Using the paint brush slather a bunch of mod podge on one side of the item.  Smooth out. 

3.  Put your fabric scraps on top of the glue. 



4.  Slather some more mod podge on top.



5.  Smooth out the glue and move on to another side.  



6.  Repeat steps 2 - 5 on all sides until your item is completely covered. 


There is no need to be really organized about it...sometimes it's fun to just throw the scraps down and make a "mess" and just see what happens. Usually you end up with one of those pretty messes. :) 


7.  Optional: Cover item with mod podge gloss finish and then add your optional embellishments.  Using the mod podge gloss, cover embellishments and entirety of item to finish. 


I recommend finishing with the mod podge gloss because it keeps the item from being sticky.  The mod podge for fabric seems to have a little extra tackiness to it.  


I used some selvages that were just too small to sew (only 1/2" in width) to cover the top.  Then put on some little fussy cut pieces to add to the look. 



A little treat on the inside top of the lid. 











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