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Fabric Hoarding Pays Off: DIY fabric mosaic

I recently got a great deal on three frames at the ReTail thrift store on Savannah Highway. They were $4, $5, and $6 each for big wooden frames. I loved their size and sturdiness and the distressed look of the white wood.
I decided that they would be perfect over my bed in my bedroom. I decided to go with the blue and pink color theme of my room and to finally try out some of the art techniques I’ve been pinning recently!
The medium sized frame I decided to do a fabric mosaic inspired by this:
I sorted thru all of the tiny scraps of fabric that I’ve hoarded just for projects like this. I picked out pink, blue, and yellow patterns and cut random little rectangles in varying sizes. I cut 5-10 rectangles from each fabric.
Then I just randomly laid the fabric out, trying to maintain a good balance of colors and keep a consistent amount of white space in between the squares. The “canvas” is actually a piece of foam board I cut to fit the frame. I did this
1) to save money and
2) because I was doing some “experimental” art here and didn’t want to mess up a nice canvas!
I really just laid them out randomly! Then I used clear drying elmers glue to stick it all to the board. I love the end effect!

Pretty groovy, huh? What projects have you done with fabric scraps lately?

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Monday 6th of August 2012

It looks great! My favourite scraps project was a little pin cushion but will give your scrappy picture a go now too.


Tuesday 7th of August 2012

That sounds awesome! Let me know how yours turns out!


Monday 6th of August 2012

I love this idea. After devoting the last 25years to working and raising a family I now find myself at home almost permanently so am looking for ideas such as this. With my early retirement I have taken up quilting so will have plenty of scrap material. Thanks for sharing!!


Tuesday 7th of August 2012

I'd love to see your quilts or how your scrap projects turn out. I wish I had the patience to sew more, I always end up angry with my machine!

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