Applique scraps can make truly unique on of a kind designs.
Ever wonder what you should do with the scraps from applique projects?
Whatever you do, don’t throw out the ones that are big enough to make something out of.
We’ll give you a few ideas on what you can do with them.
One of the easiest ways to use up those leftover pieces is to turn them into quilting blocks.
The blocks can be any size you want. Ideally cut out your background fabric to be 6x6, 8x8, 10x10, or 12x12 inches.
Arrange your scraps on these blocks in any fashion that you want. It could be just an abstract scene or one that has meaning behind it.
Then when you have enough, assemble them in to the quilt of your choice.
Working this way is excellent for making a unique piece of wall hanging art.
The next choice that we’ll go over is whole cloth quilts.
Make a whole cloth quilt scene with the scraps.
This piece will be entirely yours and in your style of artistic ability.
It’s sure to be a one of a kind masterpiece.
We suggest that if this is to be a functional quilt, be sure to stitch down your pieces so that the quilt will last for generations.
It is also best to do all this to the top before you make the quilting cookie to be quilted.
What other little projects might you have in mind?
A hand bag?
Decorative hot pads?
There are several little projects that you can do and all of them can be made into something special by using some of your applique leftovers.
Let your mind flow with the myriad of possibilities.
Whatever you have in mind it can be accentuated with your applique scraps.
The process for using them is the same for the actual applique projects you've already completed.
Just place, press, stitch and of course the stitch step can be omitted if you are just going to place the item in a picture frame.
Applique scraps are worth keeping out of the trash and recycle into something beautiful.
Your new works of art using leftover pieces is sure to be a show stopper.
Give it a try and have fun with it!
Until next time.
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