Turn Fabric Scraps and Fusible into Quick Mixed-Media Art

Do you have small pieces of MistyfuseTM, fabric scraps, tulle, and little bits of thread, fibers, yarn, and roving you just can’t bear to part with?

fiber art elements for mixed-media collage with fabric scraps

Here’s a fun and easy technique for turning those little bits into works of mixed-media fiber art, courtesy of Alice Berg’s article in the November/December 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Here are the basic steps for a Captured Collage:


  • Watercolor paper, cut to desired size (I use Strathmore® 140-lb. cold-press paper.)
  • Watercolor and acrylic paints, paintbrushes, and water
  • Scraps of tulle and Mistyfuse (lightweight sheets used for fabric fusing) big enough to cover your collage, fabrics, found papers, and fibers
  • Gel medium and other art supplies
  • Stars, sequins, beads, Angelina® fibers, punch-outs, and other small embellishments
  • Baking parchment
  • Sewing machine and thread


1. Cut the watercolor paper to the size desires. Paint, letting the colors blend, and let dry.

2. Collage pieces of found papers onto the painted paper. Add punch-outs, stamping, etc., as desired.

3. Place 1 piece of Mistyfuse on top of the collage. Sprinkle bits of fibers, Angelina, stars, glitter, etc.

4. Place focal items where you want them, then cover with another piece of Mistyfuse.

5. Carefully place the piece between 2 pieces of parchment paper and press with a hot iron for a few seconds. Flip the piece over and repeat on the other side. Allow to cool.

mixed media fiber art collage by alice berg
Finished mixed-media fiber art collage by Alice Berg.

6. Trim off any errant bits, then place loose beads or sequins on top and cover with tulle. Avoiding the beads, stitch around the edge of the collage, holding the tulle taut as you sew.

Use gel medium to attach the finished collage to the front of a card, mount on wood or canvas, or frame the piece. They make great gifts.

The November/December 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is filled with projects and techniques that marry fiber art with mixed media, including mixed-media dress assemblages, needle-felting and free-motion embroidery tutorials, and an adorable needle-case project. I can’t wait to try them all!

P.S. What’s your favorite non-fiber element to add to your fiber art and why? Leave your comment below.

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3 thoughts on “Turn Fabric Scraps and Fusible into Quick Mixed-Media Art

  1. My favorite non- fiber element to add to my fiber art is beads. They come in so many shapes, colors, and sizes – I can find many to add a ‘bit more zing’ to my project. Lili Turnell, Meeteetse, WY

  2. Leftover beads, buttons, found objects and stuff I throw in my junk, er upcycle, box (tiny levels they put in with shelving units, odd game pieces, the round sponge shapes that came off my dryer balls).

  3. I use metal objects like washers, cooper scrub pads, thin mesh wire. I really enjoy rusted found metal objects, bottle caps, rusted bits of old wire, beat up flattened small pieces of metal.