Holy Scrap! What to do with Scrap Fabrics? (DIY) | Style Pile #18

There is a box in every crafter’s home,
that is filled with old unfinished projects, and stuff you thrifted in the hopes of upcycling. That becomes abandoned, that becomes forgotten. Well this is the series that tackles that
forgotten box. This is the Style Pile! This video is supported in part by Storyblocks. Hello! Welcome back to the Style Pile, and we’re
up to episode 18… and somehow my style pile has only grown bigger… which means I definitely
need to start making these videos more frequently and STOP buying new stuff to add to the pile. ANYWAY, I’d like to introduce you all to
a NEW component of my “style pile” (let’s be real, style pile is just a euphemistic
term for “hoarding problem” at this point). Yes, it’s a third box. So this third box is entirely scraps, old
worn-out clothes and unwanted projects. So for the last 6 months or so I’ve been
saving every single bit of fabric scrap from other projects, either from when I’m upcycling
things – like, this is the bottom of the t-shirt that I cut off in episode 16 – or
when I’m making clothes from scratch, and there’s curvy bits in the pattern… like
this fabric here is some scraps leftover from making a pair of pants! I also throw things in here when I make something
ridiculous for make thrift buy that I’m never going to wear… does anybody recognize
this particular one? Now a huge reason that I’ve been doing this
is that I recently watched this program, that aired in Australia, called “The War On Waste”
and this is how many clothes Australians throw out every ten minutes! So after seeing this, I was like, WELP, I’m
never throwing out any tiny piece of fabric or tiny piece of thread ever again, because
I don’t want to contribute to this huge waste of fabric and resources. And so I have ended up with this quickly growing
scrap pile. So let’s see what we can do with these! Can we turn them into something new? Project number 1! The first thing that I’m going to try and
make with my scrap fabrics is a Plushie Toy! Now it’s my niece’s 5th birthday this
week, and I wanted to make her something cute! So, I’m going to use THIS piece of fabric,
which is also a cut off from this cotton t-shirt that I also upcycled in the episode 16, and
I’m going to iron an image onto it. So first, I needed to find an image. Now, I wanted to make a cute cartoon animal
plushie. But I also didn’t want to infringe on any
copyrights. So I headed over to my favourite royalty free
graphics website – formerly known as Graphic Stock – you guys know that I’m a huge
fan, and I’ve used them before, I’ve told you about them before – Storyblocks! And full disclosure, they are also sponsoring
this video! Anyway first I did a search for some owls,
coz I think owls are really cute, they’d make a cute plushie – but [laughing] why are
you so sad?! And then I looked up unicorns and I actually
found some super cute narwhals, which would also make a pretty great plushie. Then I typed in hedgehog, and I ended up finding
this super cute image, but I also ended up deciding to use this fox from the image instead! So next I opened up the image in photoshop,
removed the background colours, and I did this little trick to add SEAM ALLOWANCE around
the fox image, which is important for making the plushie. To add the seam allowance, in photoshop, with
the fox layer selected, I went to Layer>Layer Style, and I clicked on Stroke. This opened up this box, which puts an outline
around the fox image. So I played around with outline colours and
widths, and I also cleaned up the edges using the eraser tool. This toggle here changes the width of the
outline, I bumped mine up to 20 to get an approximately half an inch seam allowance
around the fox once it was printed out. Now I printed it out onto plain paper first
to check that the size was right, before I printed it out properly in full colour onto
my photo transfer paper. And… then, this happened. “Nooooo!” Sighhhh. PRINTERS. I swear it;s the one technology that’s never
really improved since I was a kid. Anyway, this slightly-damaged the very expensive
photo transfer paper that I was trying to print on, but I didn’t want it to go to waste
so I put the paper through for a second attempt AND – we finally got there! Now for the transfer paper, I’m using Lesley
Riley’s TAP, which is honestly the best transfer paper I’ve ever used, especially
if you’re making something like a plushie. That’s because when you iron it onto the
fabric, the image actually sets itself INTO the fabric instead of just being stuck on
top of the fabric in a plasticy-way like other transfers I’ve used. I’ll show you a close up at the end of this
tutorial, and you’ll see what I mean! So I cut the fox out with scissors, and then
I followed the instructions in the transfer paper kit to set the image into the fabric. Now this is only my second time using this
transfer paper, so I’m still working out the kinks – and larger images are harder
to do than smaller ones – BUT I think that overall, it transferred pretty well! So once I’d transferred the image to this
white cotton t-shirt scrap, I then searched through my scrap fabric box for two more pieces
that could act as 1. the back piece, and 2. A backing for the fox image. The scraps just needed to be larger than the
fox image. So I ended up with these two pieces, which
are both light-weight, woven, non-stretchy cottons, and I cut them to roughly the same
size as the fox image fabric. This darker floral fabric is going to become
the backing for the fox image. I put some pins through the two layers to
hold them together, and next I’m going to sew them together like THIS. I sewed right on the edge of that orange outline
“seam allowance” that I added, using a straight stitch. Now because t-shirt fabric is stretchy, I
was also careful to not stretch this at all while sewing it to this backing piece. Once that was done I carefully cut around
the image, just outside of the stitches. Then I grabbed this brown floral cotton piece,
which I’m going to use as the back of the plushie, and I flipped it so it was right-side-up,
then flipped the fox down onto it – so the two pieces of fabric are right-sides-together
– and I sewed the two pieces together by sewing around the fox just inside the white
stitches there. I’m also not sewing entirely around the
fox shape – I’m going to leave a small opening here. Then I cut off all that excess backing fabric
by cutting around the fox shape, just outside of those two lines of stitching. And those offcuts went right back into the
scrap pile! Then, through the small opening, I turned
the fox the right way around. I also used a pair of scissors to help me
push out the more difficult corners! And now we have a very deflated-looking fox
plushie, ready to be stuffed! Now because I’m using all scrap fabrics
for this project, instead of using something like Polyfill, I’m going to use scrap fabrics
to fill it. So this is where all my teeniest tiniest fabric
scraps get their chance to shine! A lot of these are offcuts from when I use
my overlocker, or cut threads off of my sewing machine! However, I didn’t think that even all of
these scraps would be enough to fill the fox, so I also chopped up some larger fabric scraps
like this, by folding them up and then chopping them into bits with scissors. I also tried cutting strips with my rotary
cutter just like a master chef slicing up some vegetables. And that worked… but it was a little bit
more dangerous, so… please be careful if you try this method! Anyway, then I used all this shredded fabric
to stuff the fox, through that little gap in its side! And yeah, this pile of scraps looks like more
than enough to fill the fox, right? Well, I actually needed even more than this! So I cut up a lot more larger scraps to fill
it. Once it was filled, I hand-sewed up the small
hole in the side, and it was done! OH and before I show you the final project,
I wanted to show you how well this transfer paper goes in the fabric – see how it’s
really a PART of the fabric, not just stuck on top, all plastic-y-looking, like most fabric
transfers can be? Anyway, this is what it looks like aaaaall
finished! SO, that was a really simple way of making
a cute Plushie toy, BUT if you scaled it up, this method could also be used to make something
like a pillow as well! The only “new” thing that you need in
this project is transfer paper, everything else is made from your old scraps! [kids cartoon music plays] SO, we still have 3 other scrap fabric projects
to go, I’ve filmed a total of 4, but this video is getting long enough already! SO what I’m going to do is to break this
up into a little mini-series of 4 episodes. So come back here in 3 days, if you’re watching
this on the day that this comes out, to see me try and make a sleeping mask out of all
scrap fabrics and old clothes! And then in parts 3 and 4 we’ll also be
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