Fabric Scrap Tutorials

I decided to search the web to find fun and interesting projects or tutorials to do with fabric scraps, strips or leftover fabric from other projects including this fun one called Bunny Bowling by thelongthread.  Bowling with Bunnies?  What a fun idea!

Misc. Fabric Items Tutorials:

Inchie Tutorial by Feathered Fibers

Fabric Chain by Moda

Microwave Potato Bag by Feathered Fibers

Blossom Pincushion by Running with Scissors

Selvage Quilt Tutorial

Garden Fabric Crafts Tutorials:

Fabric Flowers Tutorial by Simply Vintage

Garden Flower Tutorial from Sewritzytitzy blog.

Fabric Scraps into Jewelry Tutorials:

Puppy Necklace by Hillary Lang

Fabric Flower Brooch by Gonetoearth blog.

Fabric Bead Necklace Tutorial by Froo Gal

Fabric Strip + chain= cool necklace! by Love, Meaghan

Bead & Knot Necklace by See Kate Sew

Fabric Embellishments Tutorials:

Yo-yo Heart by GonetoEarth

Fabric Scraps Wearable Fashion Tutorials:

Fabric Crochet Purse by Feathered Fibers

crochet purse

Rose Petal Tee by Jennifer Causey

Fabric Flower Pin by Amelia Strader

Crazy Bag by mad quilter

Fabric Scrap Applique Belt by BH&G

Fabric Rosette Cuff by see kate sew

Fabric Scraps Toys Tutorials:

Puppy Necklace by Hillary Lang

Fabric Nesting Dolls by madebyjoel

Balloon cover by mad quilter

Babooshka Doll by mad quilter

Bunny Bowling by the longthread

Angry Bird Plush Toy by Obsessively Stitiching

Angry Bird Pig by Obsessively Stitching


I hope you will check out these tutorials if you have some free time on your hands.  One of them is sure to catch your fancy!  Happy New Year!  Carla

A Contest…

I thought I would share a really good contest with you all that ends on Thursday, March 4 at 11:59 pm.  The winner gets a $1000 shopping spree at artbeads.com.

Artbeads.com <http://Artbeads.com> $1,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

I am part of ArtBeads.com Blogging Designer program, so I heard about this in an email from the company.  I entered myself, but I thought I would share the love and let you know this contest was going on, too.

Happy Beading, Carla

Feathered Fibers on the Web

Many of my readers know I have a free tutorial page with lots of good stuff there.  I always love it when people use my tutorials and then link back to me.   Or see my work and want to post about it.  Here are some lovely examples of links that talk about my blog or my work:

April, from the Modern Mama blog, used my Fabric Storage Tutorial and I must say, I love how it looks on her bookcase. (Just click the link to check out her picture).  Here is my picture from my studio:

Tipnut site loves my Copper Bookmark Tutorial since they have featured it a couple of times.  Here is what it looks like:

Karen Griska, Selvage Quilting author, has featured some of my selvage projects on her fabulous Selvage blog. In fact, if you look on her right side table and scroll way down, you will see she has grouped all of them under both my name (Carla Barrett) and this site (Feathered Fibers).  Thanks, Karen!  Of course, I do have a mini Selvage Tutorial, too.

The talented Vicki Welsh has a fabulous blog feature called “Field Tripping The Web,” where she compiles all the highlights from other blogs, and websites that week. Vicki also has an etsy site, where she sells a variety of wonderful items including her stunning dyed fabrics.  I have several bars of her soap, and I highly recommend them.  They are especially nice if you sensitive skin, as well.  Anyway, in the current edition, she shares a link to my last batik quilt that I quilted for my friend, Molly seen here:

front side

back side

Last link I will share with you was for a jewelry design that I made inspired by a book on the Something Sublime blog by the talented Deryn Mentock.  This was a copper pendant and I was taking a metal arts class at the time.  This piece was made for the Mary Hetts Jewelry Challenge on Deryn’s blog:

I hope you have enjoyed  clicking on the links to some truly wonderful sites.  Regards, Carla

My Lucky Day!!

It doesn’t get any better than this!! First off, I received a wonderful mailing from Vicki Welsh over at Field Trips in Fiber, and so I happily open it. She makes the most wonderful soap and so I am the lucky recipient of Hemp Soap, Jojoba mango, and Shea Butter soaps!! Best yet, they come wrapped in a lovely handdyed artsy goodness! Thank you, Vicki!!

I went to post a picture, but I’m afraid my Scandisk card reader crashed, so I will buy a new one tomorrow. I’m afraid I’ve dropped it one time too many.

Also in the mail was a “thank you” card from Virginia, a lovely piecer.  I had corrected an “oops” by her machine quilter located far, far away, and she was expressing her thanks by a gift certificate from a local quilt store.  Thanks, Virginia!

Next, I stop by my friend, Barb’s house to pick up a quilt top. Barb, the best piecer I know, agreed to design and piece a quilt top for me- we are working on some collaboration projects. This quilt top is AMAZING!!! Lots of wonderful places for me to quilt some lovely motifs! I will quilt this quilt when i get back! Plus, Barb threw in some quilting books, and another quilt top, too!! (Thank you, Barb, if you are reading this! You rock!)

Spent the afternoon with Jack (and his parents), he is getting to be pretty mobile already. He is so cute, engaging and best of all, he saved up his explosion for his dad this time. LOL!! Pictures will follow. Of Jack…. not the explosion.

After visiting Jack, we came home and I decided to check my email. Lisa Kingsley, over at Pincushion Points blog, emailed me to let me know I won her blog contest!! Am I lucky or what?? Shall I now play the lottery?

Regards, Carla

My Backgrounds Painting class- 1st Lesson

I mentioned I was planning to start a painting class by Paulette Insall last week. The subject matter is painting backgrounds- particularly organic dimensional backgrounds with many layers using acrylics.

The first step after you prepare your canvas is to color wash it . Next add some collage elements:

Then you add the first layer of dimension and texture using paint:

That is my homework until Class 2. I need to pick up more paint colors and more canvases so I can try this using several color palettes. Stay tuned for next week’s show & tell!


Carla Note: I am in the midst of revamping my sidebar a bit. Some of the old links are outdated, so I am in the process of re-doing them. Please leave a comment or email me if you wish to be linked to this blog. Thanks!

Regards, Carla

Artful Blogging & Nancy quilt update

About a month ago, I ordered a book from the publisher titled, “Artful Blogging” which arrived yesterday:

This publication is eye candy for creative souls, a visual feast to inspire bloggers. Tracie Lyn Huskamp’s blog, The Red Door Studio is one of the featured blogs, so be sure to go visit Tracie Lyn to see why.


In case you were wondering what I’ve been up to, Nancy’s quilt is taking up most of my creative time these days. I will share a photo of the work in progress if you’d like, but I do like how it is turning out. The micro fill work is very time-consuming, but will be worth it in the end for the overall look.

Be sure to check back later for the updated photo.

Update: I will reveal the whole quilt when finished at a later time.  In the meantime,   here is the design for the huge alternating plain blocks: