Patchwork craftsmanship is one of the newest decoration trends. The stripped style that this art proposes can be the differential in a home decoration. In this post we will show you how to make patchwork using fabric scraps or the fabrics of your choice. Patchwork and quilt are handicrafts made from spliced pieces of fabric. Patchwork is the splicing of patches sewn together to form designs, forming the top of the work which is called the top. The end result of patchwork work always involves an overlap of three layers which are: – the top,- when the patches are sewn together – the filling – the material used to give volume to the patchwork work as in the case, for example, of cushions. – the lining – fabric used to give a better finish.
This sandwich of fabrics is held together by stitching which is called a quilt. The tops can also be made from appliqué or by mixing the two techniques, patchwork and appliqué. The patterns are endless, we have an infinite number of techniques and patterns. With the basic techniques, a little imagination and some ideas you can make beautiful quilts, we have a lot of material in national and imported magazines and books, and also on the internet we can research many works. You can make pillows, bedspreads, sofa covers, wall panels, clothes, small utilities for the home, toys, and accessories. Patchwork and quilt making are currently a great therapy where we can distract ourselves and relax.
Basic care when working with patchwork – We must take several precautions with work material:
- Cutting boards and rulers should always be kept flat to prevent them from warping, scissors cutters we should keep in a safe place (especially if you have children at home).
- Molds, scratches and projects should be kept in a folder so that we don’t lose them, because we do a job today that we may want to repeat later.
- We should, if possible, write down in a notebook the quantity, color of fabric and technique used in a work or put a small label on the back of the work with the piece’s data.
- Fabrics: preferably 100% cotton (tricoline is the most recommended). We must wash with water and neutral soap and iron before using. We must always have on hand the amount of fabric necessary for the work.
- We can use plain, printed, plaid, striped, floral, poinsettias, geometric designs or whatever your imagination desires.
- Quilting thread and sewing machine thread should be 100% cotton.
- Whenever you start a new piece of work, put a new needle in the machine. This will avoid small holes (blunt needle), which may compromise your final work.
- When you finish a piece, check all your work for stains, scratches, missing threads, etc…
- Make a lining fabric bag to store your pieces in. This will keep it longer and will add value to your work if you wish to sell your piece.
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