In a previous post I mentioned using strips of fabric to make really cool beads. Since I had a couple of fabrics out for that project, I decided to make some more things with them. Today’s project is embellishments for art journal pages or scrapbook pages. You could also make ornaments, flowers, jewelry, the possibilities are endless with this wonderfully frugal project.
Here’s what you do:
Gather some scrap fabrics and cut or rip them into strips. The small pile of strips on my table is actually very little fabric. You don’t need vast amounts to make these projects. I used a piece of the fabric to make the strips and saved another piece of the fabric for another project I will be sharing with you next.
I used one of the left over tags from last nights project, which was already on my work table, and glued strips of fabric to the tag with Aileen’s Tacky Glue. Once the glue dried, I ran the tag through my sewing machine and stitched the edges and middle in a way I found appealing. The sewing is completely optional, as it is not necessary. I wanted the detail of the stitching.
I trimmed the edges to make them even-keep those scraps, we’re going to use them later.
I added an eyelet at the top with some scrap ribbons.
This turned out really cute. It is also useful for adding to your art journals. You can make them in any shape you wish. You can use them as raw material to make embellishments, titles, or journal covers.
After I made mine I found a tutorial from Pink Poodle doing the same thing. She also made the beads with strips of fabric and probably had some laying around as well. Here’s a link to her tutorial.
Here is another option with fabric scraps:
I used some of the left over poster board as the backing for the tags. Just sew or glue them down onto the board. Use in art journals, as ATC’s, for tags, letters, shapes, and whatever else you can think of. I stamped a couple so you can see how you can use them for journaling blocks or as titles.
The possibilities are endless scraps. If you don’t have fabric scraps use paper instead. Similar look and every bit as useful. If you don’t have fabric but would like to try this with fabric, grab some old clothes from your closet and use them.
These are fun and frugal things which you can make by the ton. Just throw them in a ziplock bag or storage box and pull out what you want as you create. It’s nice to be able to use up the scraps we all have laying around.