In my quest to use my scraps, I decided to make a snippet roll. This is not a new idea. In fact, the very first article I found about them was written in 2011. I’ve been seeing them a lot in the past year or so, but just didn’t take the time to make one. Staring at that big bag of scraps, I thought it was time.
I need to warn you – this is a time suck. It’s a bit overwhelming for me. Just deciding which scraps you are going to use, and then adding more and embellishments, it almost made me drop the idea. However, I’ve really been wanting to make one since I first saw them so here goes.
This is just one way to make them. I started with canvas. You could use any fabric as the base. I tore the canvas 5 1/2 inches wide for the whole length of the fabric. But as I got into it, I decided I’d only make it 28 inches long. No reason for that length – just enough for me to deal with right now.
Then to make it easier to keep all the pieces on the canvas before I stitched them down, I ironed on Heat N Bond Lite. You can use any type of fusible or even glue. I just happened to have this around.
Then I started adding scraps.
Here I am at the end. Right now it’s pretty ugly. I had to remind myself that it would get better.
Now is a good time to clean up the edges.
And this looks much better but far from being done.
Now to add another layer. I did zigzag a few of the pieces down, and then decided to just cover them with pieces of lace. I’ll be sewing over the lace so they’ll all stay down.
Next I got out my yarns and ribbons to add more to the mix. I’m liking it more and more.
The next part is to add buttons and other embellishments. Since I plan to cut this up, I am not going to add those embellishments until then. So now to cut it, and this depends on what I want to use it for.
Next to zigzag the edges.
I really like this piece, but it needs more so to the button drawer I went.
Still not sure it’s done yet. I’ll sleep on it. Here are five I cut up with buttons attached.
Looks like they will go on cards, but not sure I’m done adding stuff! That was fun, and a great way to get rid of scraps. Have you ever made one of these? I’m linking up with Off The Wall Friday.
I love this idea! I had not heard of it until you mentioned it in your last blog post. I think it would be fun to do this for Christmas cards later this year.
Sherrie, They would be great for Christmas cards. Glad you like the idea. I’ve been wanting to make one for so long!!
I’ve never heard of a snippet roll. I like how you describe your resistance to the idea at first and then you really got into it! It really is pretty, as a long length and cut up. Thanks for sharing the process.
Hi Kathleen, So glad I could introduce you to something you hadn’t heard of. Yeah, have to share with you for sure how I’m feeling about these things! Just getting all of the stuff out really overwhelms me. But I’ll make another one for sure. Thanks for stopping by.
I have been trying to use up scraps. I think doing another snippet roll is in my future! Thanks for the reminder.
Angela, Great! They are fun once I get over the being overwhelmed. Thanks for commenting.
I like this! What a lovely use of scraps.
Thanks! And thanks for stopping by.
I absolutely love the finished article, however when I saw the solid colour scraps, I thought “What!” As I carried on reading I realised this is like mixed media when you tone the colours down with a layer of gesso! I don’t do a great deal of sewing, but I have been thinking about a snippet roll and slow stitching. Thank you for the inspiration.
Angela, So glad you liked the post. Yes, I had never thought about that, but it is like adding a layer of gesso. Lately, I’ve used tulle to tone down and also bring pieces together. If you are going to slow stitch, I’d recommend that you use something softer than canvas as the base. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Hope you enjoy making a snippet roll.
I love It. I make a similar “fabric from scraps” and I use iron on interfacing. I like your idea of lace instead of tulle that I use. I will do that now. I would frame them as wall art and cards. Thank you for the tutorial Lynda.
Zohra, So glad you liked it. You are so welcome. It’s such a great way to use up scraps. It does make beautiful cards. Thanks for dropping by.