Using Batik Fabric Scraps to make Custom Batik Fabric Pieces
What can you make with Batik Fabric Scraps?
- Cover foam board with cotton batting and a neutral fabric and then add your custom Batik Fabric Scraps piece to create your own custom artwork.
- Use the scraps for appliqué and/or embellishment on another project.
- Make your own Batik fabric piece like in the picture above and attach this custom fabric piece to a matte backing and frame it! You could make several custom fabric pieces and put them all together to make a unique picture.
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How to make your own Fabric Square
- Batik Fabric– So many Beautiful Color Choices and Patterns to choose from.
- Wash-Away Stabilizer-I prefer to purchase stabilizer by the yard or on a roll so I’m not limited to pre-cut sizes.
If you don’t have spare Batik Fabric Scraps, have fun shopping for Cotton Batik Fabrics in the colors and patterns you want.
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Preparing Fabric for cutting
- Layer the fabrics you want to use and lay them on a Rotary cutting mat
- Use your rotary cutter to cut thru the cotton batik fabric scraps to make a bunch of tiny pieces of fabrics. **Make sure you are using a Rotary Mat while using your rotary cutter to protect your furniture; rotary blades are VERY SHARP.
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Randomly running the rotary cutter thru fabric is kinda scary, maybe not scary but just NOT natural to do if you haven’t ever done this before; but this can also be a fun thing! Watch the video below 🙂
( Fabric pieces all cut up and in a pile)
Securing Fabric Pieces in the Embroidery Stabilizer
- Put a piece of wash away embroidery stabilizer on a flat surface. You can cut the stabilizer to any shape you want! I just used a simple square shape.
- Put all your fabric scraps on top of the wash away stabilizer and evenly spread the scraps out.
- Add a top layer of stabilizer.
- Pin around the perimeter of the stabilizer and a few places in the middle so fabric scraps don’t shift during stitching.
Sewing the Fabric Pieces and Stabilizer together
- Adjust your machine settings as necessary for thickness.
- Use a sewing machine sized 90/14 for sewing thru the thick layers of fabric pieces.
- Start sewing thru all the layers. You can do simple parallel line sewing or you can free-motion quilt. (Quite a bit of sewing is necessary because all the fabric pieces will be attached by all the stitching you do.)
Rinse Stabilizer off your Custom Batik Fabric Creation
Hold your fabric piece under water and rinse. Just use water temperature comfortable to you.
This wash away stabilizer is made out of a glue like substance, so it will feel weird when you are rinsing. Just keep rinsing until all the stabilizer is out of your fabric! You will then have an awesome piece of custom fabric you made!
Admiring your Fun Sewing Project
The first couple of times making batik fabric pieces might experimental. You might find out that more fabric pieces need to be used, or more rows of stitching may need to be added. Have fun while experimenting, and don’t be shy about displaying or using your experiments in other projects. Make sure to take a picture of your project and display it in a Sewing Projects Keepsake Journal.
I chose to frame my first experiment. The background behind my Custom Batik Fabric Piece is a sparkly black piece of photo paper. I now have this picture hanging in Amy’s Sewing Studio!
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