Confetti Pictures

Confetti Pictures

Confetti Pictures are a great method of using up even very, very small scraps. Rather than sewing them together, they are fused onto a foundation fabric, then overlaid with a piece of sheer fabric machine embroidered and transformed into a piece of “new” fabric.

The Confetti Pictures can be used for all sorts of things. Because of the multiple layers, they are too stiff to use in a bed quilt. But other than that, their uses will only be limited by your imagination: Confetti Pictures can be put in a frame, used in a wall quilt or in many other useful and/or decorative items.

Although the size of a Confetti Picture varies according to your wishes or purpose, we suggest you start small (no more than 9” or ca. 20 cm square) while you  familiarise  yourself with the technique.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Materials needed

  • Fabric scraps in different sizes and shapes and in contrasting colours
  • A piece of foundation fabric (desired finished size + 1” or ca. 2.5 cm extra margin). It is not important which fabric you are using as it will not be visible when finished.
  • Double sided fusible interfacing (ca. 0.5” or ca. 1.5 cm smaller than the foundation fabric) that is sticky after removing the backing paper
  • Sheer fabric in white or in a colour that complements the scraps (ca. 2” or 5 cm larger than the foundation fabric)
  • Machine embroidery or machine quilting thread
  • Other embellishments are optional of course.

Other tools and notions needed

  • rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler
  • iron and ironing board
  • a piece of baking parchment or a Teflon sheet
  • sewing machine
  • optional: pins

Technique

  • Lay the piece of foundation fabric on your worktable.

Foundation Fabric

  • If desired, use a soft pencil to draw a basic pattern on the foundation fabric. Use the pattern as a guideline for the placement of scraps.
  • Remove the paper backing from one side of the double sided fusible interfacing and place it sticky side down on the foundation fabric. Smooth out the interfacing to remove bubbles.

Interfacing

  • Carefully remove the second paper backing.
  • Start placing fabric scraps on the sticky foundation. The scraps may, but don’t have to overlap. Just make sure that the foundation is well covered.

Placement

  • As soon as you are satisfied with the placement of the scraps, fuse them permanently to the foundation fabric by careful pressing. Use the baking parchment or Teflon sheet to protect both you iron and ironing board.
  • Then overlay the block with the piece of sheer fabric. Pin, if necessary

Overlay

  • Start to machine embroider. We used different continuous line patterns for the different colour areas. Make sure that you cover the entire “scrappy” surface with embroidery.

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