Visiting a store that sells fabric is an experience in itself. Row after row of material in all colors and patterns. In patchworking small pieces of material are required. If one does not have some left over from another project, most fabric stores have bins of fabric left overs. Many times a person has been hesitant to do this kind of sewing but has found that working on patchwork has been a wonderful experience. When doing patchworking a person is being both creative and imaginative. Many projects can be produced using this method. Things like baby and adult blankets, jackets, tote bags and many other things can be created as one-of-a-kind.
One of the best things about patchworking is that no one else in the entire world has anything like what a person can construct using material and imagination. Manufacturers have produced things that look like patchwork but lack the individual ideas and perfection that goes into one that has been individually constructed. This work, done by an individual, is unique in design and is admired by all who see it.
A very popular use of patchwork is in the construction of toys. An animal, such as a teddy bear is an excellent gift for a child. Whether making a toy, a jacket, a tote or some other item all it takes is imagination and scraps of cloth to be able to make things people can enjoy with patchwork creations. In making one of these, a person should use the pattern to cut out a backing and attach the scraps according to one’s design.
Backing for a patchwork project can be purchased material or an extra sheet if there is one on hand. With a crazy quilt, this material should be cut in large squares approximately 24″ by 24″or 36″ by 36″, whichever is easiest to handle while sewing. This way each square can be completed before doing the final joining.
After arranging the different shaped scraps in the pattern desired these scraps are sewed one by one onto the backing. They are not sewed to the very edge of the squares, as room for the seam must be allowed. This way, when the squares are put together the scraps can be worked over the seam, concealing it.
Arranging colorful materials to this backing allows a person’s imagination and artistic traits to take over. Beautiful quilts and other items are made this way. After arranging and sewing the colorful materials to the backing it is important to not sew to the very edge. This allows room for the square’s seam with the fabric being sewed over it later for concealment.
One does not have to be an expert to create attractive things from small pieces of material. It does not take a professional seamstress, only imagination. Many people have taken up patchworking as a hobby and have been outstanding in their creations with many winning awards at competitions such as the county fair. It is not hard to learn this entertaining and fulfilling method of creating something no one else has. Books, sewing groups and many other outlets offer classes in this project. It is a chance in a lifetime to craft things, depending entirely on an imagination, that will bring nothing but praise for a job well done.
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