All Things Love

All things love-

THAT Love is all there is, Is all we know of LOVE..
Emily Dickinson

After having my fourth boy in November I quietly realized that I was horribly out numbered.  Even the dog is a boy! But that’s ok boys are awesome in my world.   Anyone who knows me knows that I am not your typical “pink” girl.  In fact my wardrobe colors border dangerously on the dark side.   My creations however take on a life of color.  I love using bold designs and color to bring things to life. That being said, a trip to the fabric store yielded some great  colors.  I couldn’t wait to use all the Valentines fabric I found.  I even enjoyed hearing the groans from my older sons when they spotted “all that pink”!

Valentine fabric
Valentine fabric

I have been filing my time lately with many beautiful holiday inspired crafts.  I am working on lots of different clutches.  I recently posted a photo of my latest creation on my Facebook page

Finn’s Door  

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and received lots of praise(thanks all!!) and also a few of you asked how I made my Valentines clutch. Well here goes my first ever tutorial!

In this post I will show you how easy it is to make a scrappy fabric panel.  This easy project can be used to make a multitude of projects. And on Monday I will be posting another tutorial for the actual clutch I made with my panel.

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Handmade Scrappy Fabric Panel

First determine what you would like to make with your fabric panel.  This will determine the dimensions you will make your panel. For the pictures that illustrate my how to I plan on using my panel for a medium snap closure clutch.  So my final dimensions need to be

20 1/2″x12 1/2″.

Materials

  • Lots of fabric scraps, most at least 12″ in length
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • iron
  1. cut fabric into strips using your rotary cutter.  I cut mine a variety of widths from 1-2′ wide..strips can be any length you  need for your panel.  I alternated with the widths. (this was important for my latest panel because some of my strips weren’t long enough so I needed to sew a few end to end to form longer pieces)

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2. Sew strips right sides together along the long sides using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  Sew strip 1 to strip 2, then open (press if you like at this point) sew another and another until you have your desired width.

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3. Press seams.  This is sometimes difficult to do because the seams have a mind of their own.  I press them whichever way they want to go.  Trim Threads.

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4. Cut panel to desired length and width.  Use your awesome panel to create a unique one of a kind item.

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Enjoy crafting!

Rebecca

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