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Trapunto those scraps!!

Well, this is eggciting...! I used up more scraps ;) I know, you're shocked. It's been a lot of years since I've done the trapunto technique, and I thought this would be a fun way to show you how it works. Trapunto is essentially a stuffing technique that will add dimension to your quilt or project

I pieced the tiniest scraps together, and sewed them between some narrow scrap strips to make patches that were at least 5½” x 8”.

I traced this egg shape on each patch and cut them out. Here is a free downloadable PDF of my egg shape if you want to do the same thing!

I planned to use these on a bench pillow, so I cut a background rectangle that was 25” x 14”. I cut a backing panel that was in two pieces (14” x 20 and 14” x 6”) so I could put a zipper in it. I positioned the three scrappy eggs where I wanted by ironing creases in the background dividing the pillow into sections.

Pin everything into place. Notice, I did not use fusible web to stick these down. You could do that, but it would not work for trapunto.

Stitch all the way around the eggs pretty close to the edge - ⅛” will work.

Make a slit through the background fabric behind each egg being careful not to cut through the pieced egg part. You don’t have to cut the whole back out, just a slip to put the stuffing through will be fine.

I cut three more egg shapes from high loft polyester batting. You can use polyester stuffing or another high loft batting will work as well… this is just what I had.

Gently stuff the batting through the slit, and massage it into place being sure it fills all the way to the edges.

It will look kind of bubbled from the front and that’s okay.

I quilted it to a piece of 100% cotton batting. I did straight lines in white thread and smoothed the ripples out of the background as I moved across the piece. This secured the eggs. I put black thread in the machine and did a “scribble” line round and round to add a little childish whimsy. This covered over the original stay stitch I had done to hold the eggs down.

I quilted both backing panels with the same straight white lines, and put a zipper between the two pieces to make a full backing piece that measured 14” x 25”. Then, I sewed the top to the back with the wrong sides together. This created a raw outer edge that I could bind with decorative fabric.

I added a black and white stripe binding all the way around to finish it off.

And there it is! Another way to use scraps and make something festive and cute.

Happy Sunday everyone,


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