Over the last few years I’ve collected many left-over pieces of materials. The problem with this is that there is not much you can do with them, yet it would seem a waste to throw them away…

So here is what I do with the scraps that I collect!

You will need

  • Scraps of fabric
  • A sewing machine
  • A darning foot
  • A base piece fabric (at least A5 sized)
  • An embroidery hoop – useful but not essential
  • Thread – Cotton and or Metallic 
  • Pins

What to do

  1. Select your base piece of fabric and the scraps you’re going to use on top.
  2. Next arrange the scraps on your base piece of fabric leaving no gaps and pin down.
  3. Now put the material into the embroidery hoop and thread up your sewing machine with the darning foot.
  4. Start sewing your material down, moving the hoop in circular motions, being careful not to catch the fabric.
  5. Once you’ve caught all the scraps you can take out the pins and carry on going over the fabric in circular motions so that all the edges are caught down. (You may have to do your piece in sections if your embroidery hoop isn’t big enough.)
  6. Then, if you like, you can change the colour thread – you could use metallic thread to add another dimension to your piece.
  7. When your piece is complete you could put it in a frame on display, or give it to someone as a present.