Oct 8, 2009

How to make a patchwork string and how to use it (Scrap buster project)

!!!!! Thank you very much! I closed the entry for the giveaway. !!!!!

A woman sent me an email about this project and I decided to write this post.
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I have lots of small pieces of fabrics, and I usually make bias tapes or patchwork strings with them.
Fabric scraps

This time, I write here how I make the patchwork string.
I chose some pieces from the scraps, and ironed them. Then cut it in strips. I cut them in 1.5 inches width.
How to make a patchwork string 1

I cut these pieces. Some of them has not vertical edge, because it's a rest of my bias tapes.
How to make a patchwork string 2

Sew them one by one.
How to make a patchwork string 3
To make it sturdy, it's good to sew two times at the edge using back stitch.

If you want to use the bias edge like the picture,
How to make a patchwork string 4

put it on the other side fabric making both fabrics's right side upside and cut the edge in the same shape.
How to make a patchwork string 5

Then put them facing their rightside, and sew it.
How to make a patchwork string 6

Open the allowances and iron them.

How to make a patchwork string 7

Then, fold it in half and iron it.
How to make a patchwork string 8

Open it once, fold each side in half and iron it.
How to make a patchwork string 9

To make the beautiful edge, follow next steps. At first, fold the edge a little.
How to make a patchwork string 10

Open it and fold each corner making triangle.
How to make a patchwork string 11

Fold again at the line of first step.
How to make a patchwork string 12

Fold each side and begin sewing.
How to make a patchwork string 13

Continue sewing...
How to make a patchwork string 14

Finished!
How to make a patchwork string 15

I use it to tie something, or...
as a bracelet,
Patchwork string
or, as a charm of the bag.
Patchwork string
Or, it can be used as a drawstring for a bag.
A bag with patchwork string

This is very simple bag and the patchwork string fits well on it.
A bag with patchwork string

I also put my hand carved stamp tag on the back.
A bag with patchwork string

You can close this bag like the picture too.
A bag with patchwork string

To make this bag, you need only two pieces of fabrics in the same size.
How to make a bag 1

Then put them making the right side inside, and sew each edge.
How to make a bag 2

Put it like the picture.
How to make a bag 3

And sew the side lines, leaving a opening space to turn it out. It's better to be on the inside fabric.
How to make a bag 4

Turn it out from the opening and close it.
How to make a bag 5

Turn it out and put a tag on the outside. You did it.
How to make a bag 6

It's very simple and you can make it in your favorite size.

By the way,,,
I'd like to do a giveaway to whom read all this long post!
A bag with patchwork string
I want to make two more bags like the red one, and put something in them as a gift.
So I can choose three persons for this giveaway.
If you want to enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post, till 6 am of
17th October(EST).
Please make sure that when you are chosen, I should contact to you. At the 17th October, I'll write the names of the winner in the new post, so please come back here to check it out.
If you have any questions about it, please feel free to write me.-> maimairuru(at)gmail(dot)com.

Have a good day (* v *)!!!!!

!!!!! Thank you very much! I closed the entry for the giveaway. !!!!!

226 comments:

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Genevieve P said...

Oh I like this idea! I think this could make a lovely binding for a scrappy quilt. And thank you for the giveaway!

Andrea said...

I am a new visitor from SewMamaSew - I love your photos and beautiful work. I will be back to read some more!

Unknown said...

i love your creations and your simple and accurate instructions

eleni

danica said...

I think your scraps are much sweeter than any I have -- nonetheless, I think I need to try this tutorial, it's so cute! I can imagine my friends loving it as a bracelet. Thanks for sharing!

(danica [@] dunphey [.] com

crickrs said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Something new to try with all those little scraps...
- Aleel

Helen said...

Super good idea for using up scraps and a great project to carry along while waiting. Thanks for sharing!

Marit said...

Thank you for the great tutorial. Your little bag and drawstring are sooooo cute!!!!

trippin said...

I love it. What a great idea!!

Ravenhill said...

You are amazing! You always have something wonderful to share! Thank you so much for all that you do!
Emily xx

Unknown said...

You make beautiful things, thank you for posting this tutorial. ryansarahn@gmail.com

Phyllis said...

I feel very happy about exploring your sight and learning from you! Simply Beautiful!!

Lorena said...

Hello Mairuru, My name is Lorena, I am from Argentina in the other side of the world. Your blog is very lovely, it like so much!!!!!

Sarah Vanderburgh said...

You are so inspiring. What a simple beautiful idea. I love your leather labels too. Thanks for being so generous.

Laura and Kelly Allen said...

I have been wanting to do this for quilt binding for a while. Thanks for sharing.

mairuru said...

!!!!! Thank you very much! I closed the entry for the giveaway. !!!!!

Billie said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial. I know what I'm going to do with all those scraps now! Can't wait to get started. Great blog! yeah, sorry I missed the drawing, but I feel like I won when I stumbled across your blog :).

Lain said...

Linked your cute tutorial up on my blog today! http://knitandpurlgrrl.blogs.com/five_things/2009/11/5-super-cute-super-easy-gift-ideas-2.html

Lenetta said...

VERY CUTE! I linked to this on my roundup of favorite scrap buster projects - thanks SO much!

Anonymous said...

you are so talented!!
thank you for the giveaway
paz k

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Anonymous said...

this is very nice, i will try to make that...

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Anonymous said...

interesting, you are an expert on this! ahaahaha

Sally Ann said...

Great idea! I am going make a strip long enough to make soem flowers with it or just long enough for a bow to tie in hair for my nieces! thanks for the great ideas :)

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