Denise, who works here at the store preparing quilt kits, came across this idea and she just HAD to try it. Starting with a paper strip from an adding machine tape (either thermal or regular paper, it really doesn’t matter) she scooped up her “crumbs” of “Town Square” fabrics from Moda and sewed them onto the adding machine paper. So what exactly are “crumbs”? Well, “crumbs” are any little bits and pieces of your favourite fabrics that you just can’t bear to toss out. This is upcycling at its best!
Here’s the steps to achieving this method of foundation piecing:
1. Gather up “crumbs” that you want to use. Use anything and everything for a real scrappy look, or select matching bits that coordinate (eg. use bits from one particular line of fabrics like Denise did). Her crumbs varied from 1 – 2″ wide approximately; however go wider or narrower if you dare.
2. Roll out your adding machine tape. You will work from left to right on your length of paper. Set your stitch length to 2 or shorter so that later the paper will be easy to perforate and remove.
3. Place two pieces of fabric, right sides together, on the left end of the paper tape. Keep in mind that your fabrics need to be slightly longer than the width of the paper. These two pieces don’t have to be the same width and can be placed at an angle on the paper just as long as they hang over the width of the paper.
4. Sew 1/4″ seam allowance with your fabrics as you stitch through both of your fabrics and the paper as they lay on top of the adding machine paper.
5. Open fabrics after stitching through the paper and press the seam allowance to one side. Place your next strip on top of the raw edge on your right. It’s ok the finger press your pieces open and press with an iron at the end of your session.
6. Pieces can vary in width and can be sewn on at any angle as long as they extend the edge of paper. Continue sewing crumb pieces onto the paper repeating Step 3 ,4 & 5 above until you reach a length you want to have. Suggestion: 45″ length of tape sewn in this matter will equal a jelly roll strip and can be used in many different projects as desired.
7. Press your fabrics now that they are all sewn onto the strip and trim up your strip to the width of the adding machine paper. In other words, trim off all the hanging over bits that extend beyond the paper. At this point you can tear out the paper from the adding machine tape.
8. Design your project as desired using any length of adding machine tape you wish!. Here are a few pictures to inspire you.