What do you do with those small pieces of interfacing that are too tiny to use in most projects? I tend to shove them into a bag, and hope that one day I'll make something small enough to make them useful. At some point the bag of scrap interfacing gets so large, I bin the lot. Not any more...
Thanks to Daryl, at Patchouli Moon Studio, I've started piecing my small scraps of interfacing into larger, usable pieces. I thought it was about time I showed you the results. The scraps come together quite quickly, and I find it's really satisfying turning offcuts into something useful.
It goes without saying that you need to keep different types of interfacing separated. Mine are kept in labelled zip lock bags.
The pic above shows the pile of scrap, sew-in, woven interfacing, dug out the other day.
... and the same scraps trimmed with straight edges.
It took six pieces to make the size I needed for one handle of my current project. You'll see that my finished, pieced interfacing is NOT lying completely flat. That's because I've overlapped some edges as I've sewn. To do it properly, the edges should not overlap at all. Check out Daryl's tutorial to see how it's done properly.
However, for the project I'm sewing at the moment, it won't matter one little bit. The interfacing is to provide structure in some bag handles. As the handles will be covered with many wavy lines, it won't matter at all. My interfacing is not thick. If it was, overlapping would be a problem, as you'd be able to see and feel the different thicknesses in the finished work. Then again, thicker interfacing would be easier to keep butted together without overlapping.
Four pieces of interfacing cut out. As you can see, each piece is made from different configurations of scraps.
And from the outside, there's no way I can tell that the interfacing is pieced, or that some edges have overlapped.
By tonight, I'm hoping those handles will be attached to a finished reusable grocery bag, together with another two cut out ready to whip up.
Prior to reading Daryl's tutorial, I had pieced together scraps of batting, but it had never occurred to me to do the same with interfacing.
What do you do with scraps of interfacing and batting?