Without chaos – there is no creativity!
Do you often get people complaining about you sewing room?
“It is a chaotic place!”
“they can not find anything!”
“it is disorganised and untidy!”
“you have too much fabric!”
“you make a mess!”
Then the quote at the beginning is just for you!
Every creative person knows that you cannot make an art piece without a little bit of chaos!
Thus, your permission granted to create chaos!
As long as you make something from it!
Quilt fabric is so pretty – you don’t want any of it to go to waist.
Though I am not much of a quilter, I have to sisters quilting in every spare minute they have. They also spend lots of time around other quilters and that is where I find all my scraps. The scraps are so small – you can not make anything from it, but they are still pretty.
So, looking at all the prettyness in the dustbin….. the idea of fabric scrap art came to mind.
A project that free yourself from rules and order.
A project with therapeutic results.
1. A piece of stable strong fabric
2. The same size batting for the back.
3. Spray on glue
4. Scrap pieces of fabric – and lots of it!
5. Cotton to match
6.Free motion sewing machine foot
Draw any picture you like or transfer your favourite picture onto the fabric.
(See this easy transfer method here)
Working with a small part at a time, spray some of the glue onto the fabric. Hold the fabric and bottle up right to prevent the spray nozzle from clogging. Do not spray the whole picture at once, as the glue will dry before you can finish the picture. Also try to spray between the lines only. (remember those colouring in days in pre-school……)
Sort the scraps in colours and cut them into small blocks and shapes.
Start colouring-in your picture by pressing the scrap pieces onto the glue.
Working in small spaces, cover the whole area – all the pieces overlapping each other.
Every piece must be nice and flat.
Let it dry overnight underneath a heavy book.
Choose cotton colours to match the different colour areas on your picture.
Pin the batting at the back.
Use your free motion sewing foot and start sewing in patterns and curls to cover all the pieces. Use your fingers to hold the fabric pieces flat before sewing over them.
There are no rules here. (Chaos does not have any!)
Sew over every single scrap piece, to prevent it from coming loose when using it in your house.
Take a dark colour cotton to sew the detail of your picture. (in my sample below – the windows and the doors)
You are the artist here – make your own fabric scrap art!
Here are more ideas and things I have made with the same technique:
So for all the complaints about your sewing room…..
The more chaotic it is, the more productive you are.
Why do other people need to find anything in your sewing room in the first place?
When you are in therapy, who wants to be organised and tidy?
You have lots of fabric and that is ok – at least you do not let anything go to waste!
And you do have to make a mess – that is part of being creative!
Go ahead, make that poster with the quote in the beginning.
Put it up in your sewing room where everyone can see it!
After all – you are an artist!