I’m not talking about weaving your own cotton or wool cloth, here! What I love to do is combine bits and pieces of fabrics and threads into a new and unique decorative fabric and then make something cool! (Part 2 will be making WITH it!)
There are sooooooo many fun ways to create your own special fabric but my favorite is using water soluble stabilizer and stitch. You can fuse bits and bobs, which needs additional stitching for sure! Tulle is a very useful tool–play on words intended!! Let’s take a quick look at how to use these techniques.
The very first time I tried this, I played with the effects of tulle. I had some curly trimmings and laid them on a background. I tried different colors and amounts of tulle and added more trimmings on top.
With one layer of white tulle
One layer of black tulle
Several, 4 I think, layers of white tulle
Two layers of black tulle
Pin or baste the tulle down and stitch. This needs the least amount of sewing because you have a sturdy base fabric and the tulle holds the small bits in place.
The next time I experimented, I used pieces of organza on an organza base. I used a lightweight fusible put on small rectangles or squares of organza. Be sure to test your organza for heat tolerance first–not all of it can be fused! The fused sections were cut randomly into smaller pieces and scattered over the organza base.
After fusing them all down, this ‘made fabric’ became the base from which I stitched and cut some beautiful leaves.
The back side was a single color of an organza base.
Water soluble stabilizer is my favorite, however. It allows you to use ANYTHING that can be stitched! Even tiny bits of fabric or threads, but you need to do a lot of stitching to have it hold together after the washout.
Flowers……stabilizer base–fabric and maybe yarn and ribbons next–another piece of stabilizer on top–stitch!
More yarn added after the wash out
Fabric base–skinny strings–stabilizer on top–stitch and more stitch–presto! A landscape!
Those raw edges look great after wash out
It helps to have a plan in mind for using your fabric…I often do not! For that firm finished product, it works well to start with a base of lightweight fabric or interfacing. I have wanted to have a more sheer finish upon occasion and started with an organza or tulle base.
Love making fabric this way!
Basted instead of pins and this one had tulle on one side and stabilizer on the other for a looser effect.
This is NOT enough stitching! More, more, more!
The main thing to remember when you don’t use that base fabric is that you really need to have a lot of stitching, in all directions to secure those little pieces together when the stabilizer is washed away.
It’s quite simple to use any of these methods, or a combination of methods to create some beautiful ‘made fabrics.’ Next time we will look at what to make WITH that fabric.
FYI: This is what I use the most, though I know there are other brands!