I loved how my first Liberty fabric scrap art project turned out so I decided to create another canvas art with a mixed media twist. This canvas art was made using Liberty fabric scraps, scrapbooking card stock, bead wire, and scrap leather. Also check out my other fabric scrap projects here. Instructions after the jump.
- Canvas – I chose a 12 x 12 stretched burlap canvas but you can use a white canvas if you prefer
- Fabric Scraps
- Scrapbooking Card Stock
- Leather Scrap
- 20 Gauge Bead Wire
- 1/4 inch Wide Ribbon
- Glue Stick
- Sewing Machine ( optional )
- Monofilament Thread ( optional )
1. Sew the fabric scraps together using a sewing machine or hand sew using a needle and thread. I pieced together a fabric scrap approximately 9″ wide by 6″ tall.
2. Decide which side you would like as the waistline of your dress and cut the excess fabric so you have a straight line. Sew two parallel basting stitches 1/4″ apart along the waistline and gather the fabric together ( left ). Fold the fabric over on each side and check if you like the shape of the dress bottom ( right ).
3. Take a small piece of fabric about 2″ by 2″ and sew to the gathered waistline. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 1″ wide by 2″ tall and fold over in halves to use for the dress straps ( left ). Use glue stick to adhere the straps to the back of the dress. Fold over the raw edge of the dress hem and use glue stick to hold the fabric in place ( right ).
4. To sew the tote bag, cut a piece of fabric 4″ wide by 2″ tall. Fold the fabric in half and sew along the botton and side using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Fold over the top raw edge of the bag and use glue stick to keep the fabric in place. Cut 2 pieces of 1/4″ wide ribbon 2″ long and use glue stick to adhere to the interior of the bag. Turn the bag right side out and don’t fully push out the corners to create the effect of a boxed corner bag.
5. For the shoes, find a shape of a shoe silhouette you like online or draw one free hand on paper. Cut out the paper shape and then trace around a piece of scrap leather and then cut the leather along your traced lines.
6. For the wire hanger, cut a 5″ piece of bead wire. Bend the wire into a shape of a hanger and use wire cutters to cut off the excess wire. I’ve used a wire jig to bend the hanger into shape but you can use push pins on a cork board or cardboard.
7. Optional – For the hat and flowers, I used a Cricut cutting machine to cut out the shapes using Kate’s ABCs cartridge. In the picture below, I’ve put blue boxes around the 3 buttons on the keypad for the shapes I cut. You can also cut the hat and flowers free hand from card stock or cut them out of fabric scraps.
8. For the Mad For Fabric printer label, refer to the instructions in my previous post.
9. Finally, use glue stick to adhere the dress, tote bag, hat, flowers, and shoes to the canvas. I used monofilament thread to sew the wire hanger into place so you can’t see it but you can also use thread that matches the burlap to hold the hanger in place.
I hope this tutorial inspires you to create our own mixed media fabric scrap art piece. Happy “mad” crafting.