Fiber Collage Mini Journal from Fabric Scraps

fabric art collage journals
Mini Fabric Collage Journals
by Jill Russell.

pokey boltonWhat would we do without fusible web? It holds our quilt sandwiches together while we sew, makes appliqué a breeze, and can even hem a skirt in an emergency.

One of my favorite ways to use fusible web is to make a fabric collage. You can do this with pre-fused fabric scraps or with small strips of fusible and bits of fibers, ribbons, and fabric.

Fused fabric collage is an economical way to create designs and make a fused collage project, like this Mini Journal by Jill Russell, because you most likely already have all the materials. Fused collage also helps you use up all those tasty bits and pieces of fiber you can’t bear to part with.

In the new Cloth Paper Scissors interactive eMag Collage in Color, Jill’s tutorial is presented in video, text, and zoomable images. Here’s how she describes her process for fusing the fiber pieces to her base fabric.

1. Place your heat-resistant sheet on an ironing board and lay the base fabric on top of the sheet, right-side up.

fusible strips on fiber collage
Strips of fusible crisscrossed on
the fiber collage.

2. Center a large piece of fusible web on top of the fabric.

3. Create a collage of fabric scraps, ribbons, trims, fibers, and yarns on top of the fusible web. Play around with the placement of your scraps. Combine, cut, and modify the pieces until you like the arrangement.

4. Arrange strips of fusible web on top of your fabrics and fibers, crisscrossing the strips on top of each other.

5. Carefully place another heat-resistant sheet over the entire surface and press firmly with an iron set on high heat. Turn the stack over and press again on the back side, fusing the layers together. Allow the entire piece to cool and then peel the fused creation from the heat-resistant sheet. Check to see that all of the pieces have fused, and iron again as necessary.

I like how Jill uses the strips of fusible to set the fibers in place. On the video, she also demonstrates how she uses and oversized heat-proof sheet, folding it over on top of the collage like a sandwich to fuse the top and then flipping the folded piece over with the collage inside it to iron the back side. This keeps the pieces from sliding around and makes it easier to flip.

Jill explains how to finish the fabric art collage cover and assemble it with the paper signatures for the inside of the journal.

With the help of fusible web and the interactive directions in Collage in Color, you can whip up a bunch of these mini fabric collage journals in no time.

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