Today’s post is a tutorial on how to make canvas art using fabric scraps. I am using my beloved Liberty fabric scraps but this can be done using any fabric scraps you have on hand. You can also check out my other fabric scrap projects here. Want to make one of your own? Instructions after the jump.
UPDATE – August 13, 2014 - I loved how this fabric scrap art canvas turned out that I made another one. Check out my post for more details.
- Fabric Scraps
- Canvas – I chose a 12 x 12 stretched burlap canvas but you can use a white canvas if you prefer
- Modge Podge – I am using Modge Podge Fabric but you can use Modge Podge Matte
- Foam Brush
- Freezer Paper
- Sewing Machine Silhouette – You can print an image off the Internet or draw one freehand
- Thread ( optional )
- Needle ( optional )
- Non-Stick Sewing Foot ( optional )
- Sewing Machine ( optional )
Fabric Label Materials
If you want to print your own fabric label like I did, you will also need the following:
- 1 sheet 8 x 11.5 Printer Paper
- Freezer Paper
- Glue Stick
- Inkjet Printer
1. Measure the height and width of your sewing machine silhouette and cut a piece of freezer paper slightly larger than your measurements.
2. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the shiny side of the freezer paper and start laying down fabric scraps. The Modge Podge on the paper will help the fabric stick. Keep going until you cover your freezer paper with fabric scraps. Apply a layer of Modge Podge on top of the fabric to help seal the fabric together.
3. Wait 2 – 3 hours for the Modge Podge to dry. It should still feel a little sticky. Find one corner of your Modge Podge fabric scraps and slowly peel it off the freezer paper. You will end up with a solid fabric piece that is similar to oilcloth or laminated cotton. On the right, you see a close up of the film that is binding the fabric together from the Modge Podge.
4. Cut out your sewing machine shape from your Modge Podge fabric piece. You can use a Sharpie marker to trace an outline and then cut out the shape or use a little bit of glue stick to hold down the silhouette and then start cutting. If you have difficulties getting around the small areas you can use an Exacto knife ( be very careful of the blade ) or scissors with a sharp tip.
5. Apply Modge Podge fabric to the back of the sewing machine silhouette and adhere to the canvas.
6. Optional – Wrap thread around the thread spool and use Modge Podge to keep the thread from moving. Use heavy weight or decorative thread to sew around the outline of the sewing machine shape. I used a non-stick sewing foot that helps the Modge Podge fabric glide across the feed dogs. To keep the loose threads from showing use a needle to pull the thread to the back.
Printer Label Instructions
1. Cut a piece of freezer paper 8.5 x 11 and then use glue stick to adhere the non-shiny side of the freezer paper to the printer paper. Make sure your freezer paper shiny side is facing up!
2. Cut a piece of muslin 8.5 x 11 and iron out the wrinkles. Then lay the muslin on top of the shiny side of the freezer paper and carefully iron to the freezer paper using no steam and a low heat setting. Be careful your iron does not touch the shiny side of the freezer paper. The fabric will temporarily stick to the freezer paper until you peel the fabric off. Use a glue stick to stick the edges to the freezer paper if the corners are not sticking.
3. Put the paper, freezer paper, and muslin fused sheet into your printer and print your image. I printed my image twice just in case. Peel the muslin off the freezer paper and cut to size.
4. Optional - I folded the edges over on my fabric label and stitched around the outline to make it look more decorative.
I hope this tutorial inspires you to try making your own fabric scrap art piece. Happy “mad” crafting.