Liberty Fabric Scrap Art Tutorial

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.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Scrap Art
Mad For Fabric – Liberty Fabric Scrap Art

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Scrap Art Display

 

Art Materials

  • 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
  • Scissors
  • 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 )
Liberty Fabric Scrap Art Materials at Mad For Fabric
Burlap Canvas ( left ), Art Materials ( right )

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
  • Muslin
  • Glue Stick
  • Inkjet Printer
Liberty_Fabric_Scrap_Art_Label_Materials
Glue Stick ( top ), Muslin ( bottom ), Freezer Paper Adhered To Printer Paper ( Background )

Art Instructions

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.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Art After Modge Podge
Modge Podge Fabric ( left ) Modge Podge Fabric Close Up ( right )

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.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Art Printer Labels

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.

27 comments

  1. Melody says:

    Okay I have been away from the craft store for a few weeks, but Mod Podge Fabric?!!! Where has it been What an waaaaaaa moment. The clouds parted and the sun shown on your blog. Thank you thank you

  2. Laura says:

    I love this! It is so pretty. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange! I am featuring your project this week! xo, Laura

  3. Lola Nova says:

    I found you via Totally Tutorials (i’ve added your blog to me reading list!) and I really like this. I’ve been wanting to make some canvas art but I’d never considered anything like that, it’s very pretty :)
    Jeni

  4. Karen says:

    This is absolutely adorable and would make a wonderful birthday gift for my bestie’s sewing room. I’ve never seen burlap wrapped canvas may I ask where you got yours from?

      • Karen says:

        One more question, once your machine is cut from the mod podge fabric are you saying that you stitch around the cutout and then mod podge that to the canvas. I’m ready to start cutting and it looks awesome! :o)

        • Yes, I stitched around the cutout and then used Modge Podge on the back to glue to the canvas. You can also use normal glue but I felt Modge Podge would probably stick more firmly.

          • Karen says:

            So you only put it on the back, huh, I wouldn’t have thought to do that. Thanks so much for your reply and again, another great project.

  5. Hannah says:

    If you iron the freezer paper shiny side down it will stick on its own also great for stencils

  6. That’s really cute. Thank you for sharing. Also I had never heard of Mod Podge Fabric….Now I must find it. I do not have a Laser Printer, It’s an Ink Jet…..Will that work for the lables???

  7. Bobbie says:

    Love how it turned out! I need to make me one for my sewing room! Thanks so much for stopping by the Creative Exchange. I hope to see you again tomorrow for this weeks link party!

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