Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rag-Quilting-- Not Just for Quilts!

In my previous entry, I showed how you can use the rag-quilting technique to make coasters. Well, as you've probably realized, that's just the tip of the iceberg! After all, who says rag-quilting has to be restricted to quilts alone?

Why not use this super-simple sewing technique for any of the following?:
  • throw pillows
  • pillow shams
  • wall-hangings
  • smaller pieces to frame and hang
  • table runners
  • table centerpieces
  • plant coasters
  • shower curtains (only to be used w/ vinyl liner)
  • rugs (w/ slip-guard material underneath)
  • window curtains
  • tablecloths
Of course, for items that will be hung (curtains, for instance), you'd need to take the finished project's weight into consideration. Also, you might not want too much bulk in a curtain or tablecloth, so you'd have to choose fabric carefully.

You could even make some clothing (vests, maybe) in the rag-quilted style! But maybe that's taking things a little too far. . . ;o)

I recently rearranged my houseplants, consolidating them and moving them from the windowsill to a three-tiered display ladder. In less time than it took to repot my plants, I whipped up a few runner-style plant coasters to go under my little collection of succulents-- to catch small splashes of water and just generally provide a little protection for the wooden display.

They were a snap to make with a few scraps of fabric and the trusty rag-quilting technique, and they would have taken even less time if I'd gone for a more streamlined design and left off the decorative patches I added to the top.

For individual potted plants on a windowsill, simply make a plain coaster (see previous entry for instructions).

For a table runner (for plants or whatever on a larger-scale table), just increase the size of your pattern. Start with larger pieces of fabric, or jig-saw together smaller scraps for a truly raggedy look.

And-- as always-- there's no reason you have to limit yourself to blue jeans. Experiment with unusually colored denim or move to a completely different fabric, such as flannel or cotton.

There are so many possibilities!