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Square Scrap Fabric + Ribbon Buster

Yet another way to utilize tiny strips of fabric to create some beauties.  

Turn long, thin strips of fabric and ribbon into beautiful squares.

1. Start with a piece of felt cut into a square or rectangle. Grab enough little strips from your stash to cover the felt. 

2. Place the strips on the piece of felt, starting at the top and adding strips until you get to the bottom. If one side of the fabric has started to fringe, place that side toward the top. Add a few pieces of ribbon if you have lots of unused ribbon.

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3. Place the whole thing on the sewing machine. The felt helps it all stick together. I don't bother with pins. Stitch down the center, then lift the needle and stitch two other lines parallel to the first.

3. You'll have three lines of stitches holding it all together.

Here's what the back looks like. 

4. Using your handy dandy fabric slicer of choice, or a pair of scissors, cut the excess to about 1/8" from the edge of the felt. 

The finished block, so happy!


1. Here we go again, same process, with a larger rectangular piece of felt. Load all of the strips neatly on the felt, overlapping each a little bit. Some may fall off, just put them where they belong as you go. Add a few pieces of ribbon too.

2. Sew a stitch down the center, then two more to the right and left of center, all parallel.

Everything looks pretty good except...

... one magenta and pink ribbon toward the bottom is out of place, so you can see the felt. I'll cut that off.

Cut the excess to about 1/8" from the edge of the felt.

I cut the larger rectangle into a bunch of blocks and some tiny ones too.

Ribbon purchased over the years, rarely used but very pretty.

Learn how to make petals + leaves with tiny scraps from your fabric stash with the tutorial!

So let's brainstorm.

What could you do with these scrap fabric + ribbon squares?

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Reader Comments (12)

My first thought is a cup cozy and matching coaster.

04.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin M

Ohh, trim to a heart shape and add to a pair of jeans.

04.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin M

LOVE it!! Would be cool to use for a pillow or even just clothing embellishments. LOL that you sew w/o pins...I totally do that too when ever possible!!

04.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin Bassett

Oh! You could use these for lots of things:

Pocket on a denim purse or reusable grocery bag
Postcards (if attached to stiff interfacing instead of felt)
Card embellishments
A string of happy flags (indoors or out) - left square or cut into pennant shape
Bookmarks (cut into thin strips)
Embellishments for journal covers (a la "Remains of the Day")
Strung together for a table runner
Practice squares for free-motion quilting
Framed with big white borders for some summery art
Cut down to size as base for ATCs
Mini color studies to try out some new combos

The list goes on and on! Love these!

04.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Christmas ornaments
gift tags
diecut for scrapbook embellishments
dollhouse rug
earrings and charm bracelets or necklace pendants
sew strips together into one long strip for a journal wrap closure

04.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngel Koch

a pocket for an art journal or scrapbook page

04.9.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

Wow! Such yummy ideas!

04.9.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

Such a great project Tammy! Anything I can think of has already been listed above--so many wonderful ideas!!

OOOH, these are so freakin' cute! What a great idea on the felt or stiff interfacing to make it stick...I'm out to dig around in my scraps pile now :) Thanks again for the inspiring idea!
xoxo MotherDana

YUM! I've got so many pieces of cool ribbon that I'd like to use up! Thanks for this, Tam!

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